Fresh off the successful return of Tel Aviv’s legendary drive-in theater, Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality has announced the launch of Israel’s first “sail-in” floating cinema at HaYarkon Park’s boating lake.
The coronavirus outbreak has proved particularly challenging for the cultural sector worldwide, with outdoor initiatives representing almost the sole solution for cultural events.
Following the Health Ministry’s approval for open-air drive-in events, Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality will now launch a “sail-in” floating cinema under the clear night sky from August 22-28, in partnership with Tel Aviv Cinematheque.
A total of 70 socially distanced boats will be available to moviegoers, adults and children alike, seeking to enjoy a night of cinematic entertainment under the stars.
Boats will be distanced two meters apart at all times opposite a large screen, ensuring a safe and fun experience, and allowing all ticketholders to float away and unwind from the daily grind for at least a few hours.
The event has received Health Ministry approval and will be held in strict accordance with “purple badge” public health standards.
Tickets for eight screenings – four suitable for families and four suitable for adults – will be available to exclusively to DigiTel Resident Card holders.
Ron Huldai, Mayor of Tel Aviv-Yafo: “The coronavirus crisis poses new challenges for Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality, including bringing cultural life to a halt in the city. During recent months, we have been constantly examining ways of providing assistance. The initiative to screen movies at HaYarkon Park’s boating lake is another creative way to spend the hot August days, in accordance with Health Ministry guidelines.”
The launch of the “sail-in” floating cinema joins a long list of municipal initiatives launched in recent months to support cultural activity in the city.
Sharon E. Bershadsky, Director of the Israel Government Tourist Office UK said: “In Israel, we’re always looking at creative and innovative ways to make the most of the current reality that the world is facing. The ‘Sail-In’ floating cinema gives Israeli’s the opportunity to get back to enjoying what they love the most – having fun and enjoying the country in a safe and comfortable environment. Also, with wedding plans disrupted as a result of Covid-19, Tel Aviv is allowing people to get married free-of-charge in unique locations across the city, such as The Tropical Garden, Menachem Begin Park, Botanical Garden, and the Old Train Station. These picturesque locations are the perfect setting for a summer wedding and Israel looks forward to welcoming you to see them for yourselves when international travel returns”.