In the past, Ra’anana had a rich cultural offer for the residents, which decreases every year. Our amphitheater was a big thing in Israel, and in Ra’anana, yet it has been a long time since there have been any free performances for us. Many events that were a tradition in Ra’anana were canceled (the Hebrew singer’s concert on Independence Day, the Rosh Hashanah concert, the dance parade, and more). But we didn’t stop paying taxes and the time has come for us to stop travelling to Herzliya and other cities to enjoy free shows. And restaurants? Isn’t it time that we enjoy restaurants and cafes in Ra’anana in the evening instead of looking for a restaurant in Hod Hasharon or Kfar Saba?
A new Ra’anana standard is also required in the field of culture, recreation and leisure. This is what I propose:
- Amphitheater Ra’anana – the jewel in the crown returns to the residents, for free!
We will hold a rich variety of events at the Amphitheater Ra’anana from the evening of Independence Day until Rosh Hashanah.
We will renew the tradition of the Independence Day concert and every two weeks until Rosh Hashanah, we will hold our free flagship performances of leading artists for the residents of the city. The klezmer festival will be held according to our tradition. In addition, we will hold special performances for our youth, so that they can spend the holidays here with us in Ra’anana.
The traditional Rosh Hashanah concert will be renewed.
And it is important to say, there is nothing to worry about: we will not go bankrupt. Everything will come from changing the priorities in managing the municipal budget. It’s time to give back more to the city’s residents.
- Ra’anana Symphony Orchestra
Every year in July, we will hold a classical concert in our beautiful amphitheater in the park, under the sky, with our special Ra’anana symphony orchestra.
And more than that, our very own Ra’anana symphony orchestra will lead the main municipal events in the city. We have our own orchestra that performs all over the world and in all the cities of Israel, the time has come for the Ra’anana community to invite them to perform here at home (they want to – believe me).
- Entertainment and leisure in Ra’anana? Obviously yes! Avariety of entertainment and leisure complexes will be built in the coming years in the city.
So where will we hang out?
- In a new complex that will be closed to traffic from Thursday to Saturday nights, on the streets of Ha’yezira and Ha’sadna in our industrial park.
- In a new complex that will be built under the “youth towers” on Ha’Melacha Street (behind the mall).
- In Ra’anana Park -… in a new complex will be built near the lake, a complex like those in Europe that will contain a selection of restaurants, cafes and bars and will overlook the lake.
- At the municipal dance club – instead of the gallery on the lake.
- In a new entertainment complex which will be reconstructed near the Ra’anana West train station (a new business area).
- In a new entertainment complex near the South Railway – under the Infinity Tower.
- Do you feel like dancing? Come every day to “Hall on the Lake”
“The Gallery on the Lake” will be moved to the city center (see details below). From now on, the municipal dance hall will operate in the same place. Yes, from now on this is the place to hang out and dance, next to it is the coffee shop and the beautiful park and the new complex that will be built with more restaurants, cafes and bars. Folk dances, ballroom dances, salsa and latino and more, all these will run in the afternoon and evenings
And on Thursday night until Saturday night starting at 10:00 PM, the hall will turn into a club for the city’s youth. On Thursday night: for middle schools and high schools, on Friday night for soldiers and on Saturday night for ages 21+.
Why precisely in the place where the gallery was located? This is one of the few places in the city where you can spend time until dawn without disturbing the neighbors at all and all in a protected and safe place in our beautiful park.
- Art is food for the soul – about the gallery and more.
We will move the “Gallery on the Lake” to a new, modern and accessible building in the city center.
In the spring of 2024, the gallery will move to Beit Yad Labanim, and after the completion of the construction of the new city hall building on the Jubilee parking lot, the city gallery will be inaugurated in the old city hall building, which is a conservation building. In the municipal exhibitions, we will also include artists with special needs, residents of Ra’anana, as befits a multifaceted city that cares for its special population. Around the lake in Park Ra’anana, there will be art fairs in the summer months, all with food and drink stands, good wine, good music and a great atmosphere.
- Youth Park
Every weekend from Thursday evening until Saturday night, Ra’anana Park will become the youth park.
Garden furniture will be scattered in a variety of areas on the grass, with bean bags, games such as backgammon, chess, and more.
The sports fields open for sporting games, with the kiosk near the animal corner and a variety of food and drink stalls that will have everything our youth enjoy.
A movie will be shown on the lawn on Thursday night and Friday night between the months of May and November.
And all while the park will be secure, bright and inviting. Getting to the park and returning from it will be safe and secure for the youth via free shuttles that will operate on Thursday night and Friday night through Weitzman st. and Ahuza st. (used to operate here already many years ago).
- The Dance Parade
Our dance parade tradition will return in a big way, on the Friday before Shavuot.
- Israeli Culture
We will promote culture and arts with personalities and leading figures in the Israeli public and current affairs which will be held once every two weeks at Beit Yad Labanim.
- Series of home lectures:
Once a week in the evening you can relax in an armchair at home and enjoy a free lecture that will be delivered online. Every week a different lecturer on one of the most important topics in our lives: health, education, culture and art, current affairs and politics, security and more. The lecturers will all be leaders in their field.