Dede Confidential in Tel Aviv
Mahane Yehuda, Jerusalem’s most colorful “shuk,” or marketplace, is usually closed for the evening, but for four Monday nights in July, the Balabasta Festival comes to the alleys of the market, courtesy of producer Kobi Frig.
In Hebrew, “balabasta” means something like “Come to the market stall.” This is not to be confused with the Yiddish “balabusta,” meaning “housewife.”
The festival is an eclectic mix of everything from wild to sophisticated. Weird sculptures are set up on balconies, with Capoeira and waltzing breaking out on the pavement as bands play music on cobblestones and rooftops. Lively singers, dancers, sculptors, and poets-come together in the already buoyant market and create a vibrant hub of culture and creativity.
Check out this video for a small taste of last year’s Balabasta:
Dancing at Balabasta 2011