With its year-round sunshine and natural attractions there’s always a good reason to visit Eilat but if you coincide your stay with one of the resort’s annual events you’ll add an extra dimension to your holiday. View event information for the forthcoming Eilat 60th celebrations.

Eilat International Belly Dance Festival – January 22-24 2009 at the Golden Tulip and the Royal

Israeli belly-dancing mixes the Arab style of the dance with worldwide influences including cabaret. This three day festival, in its fifth year, encompasses performances, workshops for would-be hip wigglers and a colourful bazaar selling costumes and more.

Eilat Chamber Music Festival – February 22-March 1 at Herod’s Pavilion Concert hall, Herod’s

Fourteen concerts are planned for the six days of this festival in 2009. The programme will include Maxim Vengerov leading a virtuosi orchestra performing Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony and former James Bond Sir Roger Moore narrating Saint Saens’ Carnival of the Animals. www.eilat-festival.co.il

Red Sea International Music Festival – February 26-28 2009

This annual festival of classical music draws hundreds of musicians and thousands of spectators. In its 8th year, the event will feature maestro Valery Gergiev and the Kirov Mariinsky Theatre.

Eilat Spring Migration festival – March 23-30 2009 at The Isrotel Agamin hotel in Eilat, (festival HQ) and various other locations.

During March Eilat is filled with birds re-fuelling during their migration. Free guided shuttle tours take festival-goers between local bird hotspots including mountains, desert and salt pans, local birding centres host activities and there are expert lectures and presentations in the evenings.

Eilat Pride Festival – March 2009 at various venues.

The resort’s annual gay community celebration includes a colourful street parade and series of parties some of which take place on the beach. http://pride.eilat.net

Red Sea International Jazz Festival – last week of August at portside outdoor arenas, King Solomon Hotel (clinics) and the Riviera Hotel (jam sessions).

This four day event has been held since 1987. Around ten concerts are staged per evening in Eilat while, for musicians, there are jam sessions and clinics with jazz artists. Jazz featured covers a broad spectrum from New Orleans to contemporary style to world music. www.redseajazzeilat.com

Epson Red Sea World of Underwater Images competition – November 2009

2009 will mark the fifth anniversary of this event which typically sees over 100 international competitors arriving in Eilat and diving to capture that award-winning shot. www.sandiskredsea.com

The city of Eilat Celebrates 60 years of Liberation

The Municipality of Eilat and the Ministry of Tourism – Eilat Tourist Office invites you to participate in Eilat 60th celebrations.

Eilat Parade
Saturday February 28th :
09:00 A.M – The long track starting at the BIG center, by foot or by bicycle.
09:45 A.M – The popular track starting from Ein Netafim roundabout.
10:00 A.M – Family track starting from the lower bridge of the Shachamon.
11:00 A.M – Happening at the Dekel Beach with Moshe Datz.

Mayor of Eilat’s Reception – Opening of the 60th Celebrations of Eilat:
Saturday February 28th, 7:30 P.M:
A festive Reception in the honor of Eilat celebrations hosted by the Mayor of Eilat, Meir Yitzhak Halevi, and Eilat’s founders. The Reception will take place at the Eilat History Museum.
The Residents of Eilat are invited to visit the Museum and the Art Gallery from Sunday – March 1st to Saturday- March 7th Free of charge and upon presenting a valid “Eilat Resident” certificate.

Monday March 2nd, 6:00 P.M.:
A special meeting of Eilat City Council in Shachamon Community Center in which the title “Yakir Eilat” will be awarded to six Eilat Residents which were involved in an extraordinary making and achievements in Eilat.

Wednesday March 4th, 6:00 P.M.:
Football Tournament at the Sport Hall near Begin High School

Thursday March 5th
The students of Eilat reconstruct “OVDA Operation” – ending at “Um Rash Rash” site at 6 P.M.

Thursday March 5th, 6:00 P.M.:
The national ceremony in honor of Eilat Liberation day. Guests of Honor: The President OS Israel, Mr. Shimon Peres, and the Mayor of Eilat , Mr. Meir Yizthak Halevi. The ceremony will take place at “Um Rash Rash” Site.

Eilat Art Fair
Friday – Saturday March 6th – 7th:
Art Fair, visit to the Tourism and Twin Cities of Eilat Tent. Mayor of Eilat hosts the Mayors of the Twin Cities of Eilat at the Eilat History Museum Square.
March 7th at 4 P.M. – Raising the Flags of the Twin Cities Ceremony.
Form 11 A.M. – Happening at the Yovel Park near the IMAX. Orna Datz in a special show for children.

Saturday March 7th:
Guided Tour to Historical sites in Eilat, Departure at 8:30 with private cars from Beit Phillip Moray.

Monday March 9th – March 11th, North Beach:
Sailing Competitions at the North Beach. For more details please call 08-6334272.

Tuesday March 10th from 11:00 A.M.:
Purim Celebration at Fradkin Park.

Saturday March 14th, 10:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M. Eilat Artists invite you to their home: The List of the artists and addresses can be found at Beit Rubbin Community center Tel. 08-6343343 extension 1.

Sunday March 15TH 8:30 P.M :
“Eilat from another view” – A photos exhibition:
5 photographers present their work at Shachamon Community Center.

Tuesday March 24th 8:00 P.M:
“The Way we were” – A Photo exhibition of Eilat from the very first years, presented at Yeelim community center.

Saturday March 28th 8:00 P.M:
The children of Eilat creating – 60th Anniversary of Eilat. Exhibition of paintings created by 250 pupils from the elementary schools of Eilat show the views, sights, people and dreams of the city.

Sunday March 28th 4:00 P.M:
Exhibition of the Kindergarten Children. 3D Art works of attractions, landscapes, history and figures of Eilat.