• Posted:Thursday, October 1, 2009
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Backpack to the Acco Fringe

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Backpack to the Acco Fringe
Backpackers looking for something different to do while on their cheap travel holidays in Israel might be interested to hear that the country's Acco Fringe Theatre Festival is returning for the 30th time at the start of October.

Taking place between the 4th and 8th of the month, home-grown and international fringe acts will be taking to the stage, with some 450 performances being put on by 72 artists. A competition is also being run, with ten productions - selected from 160 applications - battling it out on the boards. These include Whispering Alleys, which sounds really interesting. It's a theatrical tale that is played out while walking through alleyways of Acco and Metuko's House - and, even better, it incorporates poetry and clowns, something I've never seen combined before.

Last year, the festival prize for the best play went to Two-and-Twenty Pictures, written by Ruthi Osterman who co-directed it with Yael Libman. The award for the most promising artist was won by Nava Frenkel who both wrote and directed A Little Vacation.

Aside from the contest, there's lots of street theatre going on for backpackers who like to happen across things as they look around new cities. Keep your eyes peeled for events The Antelopes and Giraffes, which are interactive stilt parades. The festival of 2008 saw Acco on Stilts, featuring kids who had never tried walking on giant poles before, receive great acclaim so it seems likely that this year's stilt-related activities will be just as good. For those who want to learn something more, there's also an Arab cooking workshop so you can pick up a few skills with which to wow your family when you get back home.ADNFCR-2435-ID-19388707-ADNFCR
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