Group IST is partnering with the artist collective Artists 4 Israel (A4I) to bring A4I's mission to the general public via Culture Bang!, a week-long guided trip to Israel to explore the country's arts and cultural life. The trip is planned for Dec. 26 to Jan. 1.
Artists 4 Israel is previously best known for taking select artists on invitation-only tours of Israel. Now Group IST is making the cross-cultural arts tour available to the general public. With an itinerary created exclusively for Group IST by A4I, travelers on the Culture Bang! tour will experience Israel through the lens of local artists in all mediums while visiting Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Israel's north. By meeting Israeli and ex-pat American artists working in Israel and collaborating in volunteer art projects, travelers will gain a new perspective on life in the Middle East.
"Israel is a thriving cultural hotbed,” said A4I Executive Director Craig Dershowitz. “But the most cutting-edge arts events exist only to those in the know. Our artists have always been lucky to be part of that community. Now we get to share what we know with all by offering Culture Bang! Travelers will experience Israel through arts events ranging from architectural tours to hip-hop shows in abandoned warehouses.”
Participants will meet artists in the disciplines of visual art, dance, graffiti, installation art, sculpture, theater, music and film. The Culture Bang! tour package, which includes airfare, six nights stay at beachside hotels, regional travel, VIP passes to clubs, bars, restaurants and art shows, all breakfasts and art supplies, is available for $2,999.
Artists 4 Israel is a community of creative individuals working together in an ongoing, collaborative project expressing Israel's right to exist in peace and security. It aims to unite artists to create and showcase culturally-relevant works which promote a positive image of Israel. Group IST designs and produces content-rich, fun and original, intellectual and thematic travel programs for the travel trade, corporations, non-profits and affinity groups featuring recognized local experts and scholars who are passionate about their areas of specialization.