This is the fourth installment in the series called On the Way to Jerusalem’s Ice Festival, which details the mishaps and surprises that occurred along the way to a Winter Wonderland in the midst of a hot, humid Israeli summer.
After traveling for two hours to get to Jerusalem, I met my friend, Maytal, at Jerusalem’s central bus station. Together, we went to catch a bus to the much dreamed about ice festival. Accidentally, we took the bus in the wrong direction and found ourselves outside the city, in Arab territories. Taking a train back to downtown Jerusalem, we ran into a sign announcing a retro art fair was taking place right that moment almost right around the corner.
Combining the Hebrew word of Jerusalem, Yerushalaim, with the word “retro”, the name of the fair was declared “Retroshalim”. We pronounced it “Retrushalaim”, so that it fits the name Jerusalem better.
We contemplated whether to go. Though neither of us planned to buy anything, it was a shame to miss this sight when we were so close and there at the “right time”. On the other hand, it was already around 2 PM and we were way late on our plans to arrive at the ice festival as early as possible. The accidental adventure outside Jerusalem was pretty exciting, yet the only reason I came to Jerusalem mid semester and half sick was to see ice. And lots of it.
Nevertheless, we decided to take a peak. We spent a short time at the fair, and were glad we did.
There were carvings and masks at the fair:
And there were all kinds of figurines:
There were stuffed animals to play with:
There were also dolls made for display:
And there was a bizarre display:
Items reminding tradition were surrounded by buildings made of old stones:
Fashion items of various kinds spread through the stands:
My friend, Maytal, bought a Trick or Treat shirt:
Since that’s all we bought, we had no need for this heavy-looking travel box:
As we left the fair, colors followed in our footsteps as we saw headdress for religious women:
As we hailed a cab, determined to finally make it to the ice festival, we saw this guy across the street, playing music.
Jerusalem’s Retro Art fair, Retroshalim, takes place every Thursday at 12:00-22:00. It showcases antiques, vintage, collectibles and used goods. It takes place at Agripas pedestrian outside mall, between Machane Yehuda Market and King George street. If you read Hebrew, click here for more info. If you don’t, call 03-7511883 or 052-4794141. Don’t forget to dial 972, Israel’s country code, before these numbers if you call from abroad. Israel is 10 hours ahead of US Pacific time, meaning that if it’s 10:00 AM in California (for example), it’s 20:00 in Israel.
Where’s your favorite street art fair located? Or where do you dream to go to attend one?