Around 100,000 people arrived Saturday night, April 4th, at the opening celebration of Tel Aviv-Jaffa’s 100th anniversary, gathering around a giant stage equipped with massive video screens that was erected earlier in the day at Rabin Square.
The opening act was the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra, immediately followed by Mayor Ron Huldai, who officially kicked off the celebration.
The artists who later took the stage were all accompanied by the orchestra. Among them were Barry Sakharof, Miri Mesika, the band Monica Sex, Danny Robas, Dana International, Matti Caspi, Shlomo Gronich, and others.
Video clips were shown on the large screens throughout the evening, while the sky lit up with impressive fireworks displays. As singer Alona Daniel sang her hit, ‘On the Roofs of Tel Aviv’, a number of rock bands were seen playing on the rooftops surrounding the square.
Aside from musical performances, a number of circus performers and dancers were in attendance and presented feats dedicated to the city, its streets, and even its athletic teams.
Despite the notorious global recession, Tel Aviv’s municipality invested almost $1 million in the festive event.
The night was concluded with a dance party that is expected to go on until the morning. The show was merely the beginning of the anniversary celebrations, scheduled to go on until the end of the year.