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Balabasta 2012 – Cultural Festival in Mahane Yehuda Shuk

Posted by Avital Pinnick on August 21, 2012

Balabasta 2012

Butterfly girl on the roof, about 3 stories above the ground.

I’m just taking a break from the Florence photos….

Last Sunday we went to Balabasta, the cultural festival in the Mahane Yehuda shuk in Jerusalem. This will probably be the last Balabasta. The merchants’ association opposed the festival because they have their businesses disrupted and don’t gain very much from the crowds. Tourists don’t buy tomatoes and pita. They take pictures, eat, and drink, so the restaurants and cafes are the ones who benefit. I made a video of some of the musicians and am uploading it to YouTube (I love my new video-editing software, Pinnacle Studio 15!).

Oud (stringed instrument) on the left and darbouka (drum) on the right.

Balabasta 2012

Hanging laundry from one of the balconies.

Balabasta 2012

Woman in flower costume on opposite balcony. Last year the woman dressed in roses was on this balcony.

Balabasta 2012

Players outside the backgammon club. They’re always there.

Balabasta 2012

Artist Shvut Kula creates mosaics from materials of the shuk, mainly beans and seeds.

Balabasta 2012

Balabasta 2012

Balabasta 2012

Klezmer trio in the alley

Balabasta 2012

Chess tournament in the Iraqi shuk

Balabasta 2012

Telling fortunes in the main covered shuk. It was very dark, so this photo wasn’t easy to get.

Balabasta 2012

Aharon Menachem, oud player and singer, performing Kurdish music on the roof.

Balabasta 2012

Na Ya Sangit (I hope I transliterated her name correctly) sings Indian music.

Balabasta 2012

Balabasta 2012

Zither player in a Yemenite ensemble.

Balabasta 2012

Dancers in the very crowded square. At one point the zither player said, “Please dance only if you really know how to dance Yemenite dances. Otherwise it’s too painful for us to watch.” That didn’t seem to discourage the wannabees, though!

Balabasta 2012

2 Responses to “Balabasta 2012 – Cultural Festival in Mahane Yehuda Shuk”

  1. pam said

    Saw the butterfly woman in the video – her movements to keep the wings in motion – was that constant? Beautiful costume. And yes, hearing the musicians was much better!!!

    • Avital Pinnick said

      Who would ever have guessed that being a butterfly was such hard work? In the clip of the Yemenite band it’s always fun to watch the old men get up and dance.

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