The International Showcase Festival is celebrating its 11th year. This unique showcase event normally spans over 8 days and collects around 100 guests from all over the globe - professionals and decision-makers from the international music scene; festival directors, venue and cultural institution managers, record labels, booking firms, journalists and media.
Our guests get a generous peek into the Israeli music scene, with its wide range of genres, local culture and nightlife - meeting local artists, audiences, venues and being introduced to all aspects of the musical community.
The festival provides an intimate, exhilarating cultural experience that is unique to the world of showcase festivals. The prolific encounters and interactions with artists lead to countless instances of cooperation and collaboration, which have been critical in bringing Israeli music to the whole world and creating some major success stories.
The COVID-19 pandemic has created a challenging reality in which projects and events of special nature, that were crafted and have gained much attention over many years - must adapt, rebuild and take on new forms following these new circumstances.
This is especially true for International Showcase, which is based on the arrival of dozens of key figures from all over the world - gathering to meet, hear, and experience Israeli music, musicians, and the local musical community.
Unfortunately, this year we will be unable to invite overseas guests to stay with us and physically participate in the festival, as we have previously.
For this reason we have decided to create a rich online program, packed with digital content held to the highest technical standard. Doing so will allow us to continue our work on the international circuit, and share our local musical produce - which has not slowed down for an instant.
This year and for the very first time, we will be uniting the genres we normally split over 2 weekends - into one colorful, multicultural and genre-bending musical event.
Rock, Indie, Electronic music, World music, Hip Hop and Jazz will be the building blocks of Showcase 2020, over several days of live music, conventions and worldwide encounters - in person and online.
The festival will take place over 4 days in December, beginning Dec 8th and running through to the 11th.
This year we are featuring 16 groups, carefully selected by our artistic committees. All events will be filmed and broadcast on the festival’s different online platforms.
The festival’s three evenings will be broadcast in a unique TV festival format - combining live shows, artist spotlights, interviews and conversations with professionals from the worldwide music scene, and segments from previous years - spearheaded by dynamic hosts that will guide viewers along the way.
On the fourth day of the festival we will be holding special gatherings and intimate meeting sessions between international professionals and local musicians.
The artists in the Showcase are selected by artistic committees composed of Israeli and worldwide representatives from the music community. Journalists, media professionals, music festival directors, exposure festival directors and more.
Svenja Mahlstede (DE) - Senior Manager Music Licensing & Creative, Universal Music Publishing GmbH
Bob van Heur (NL) - Founder / Artistic Director, Le Guess Who? Festival
Martin Hossbach (DE) - Co-Curator, Pop-Kultur festival Berlin
Mikael Berkowitsch (IL) - Founder & Director, Hamazkeka
Elad Elharar (IL) - Founder & Director, Colombus Magazine
Udi Niv (IL) - Artistic Director, TEDER
Jazz & World Music
Mike Bindraban (DE) - Founder & Director, Good Music Company
Chris Eckman (SI) - co-owner & manager, Glitterbeat Records
Dhari Vij (DE) - Head of Showcases, WOMEX/Piranha Arts
Noa Argov (IL) - Radio broadcaster
Gil Rouvio (IL) - Music journalist, Artistic Director Mekudeshet Festival
Zach Bar (IL) - Founder & Director, TEDER
Billy Levy Nobleman
Arik Futerman - Technical Manager
Noam Chojnowski - Doco Cinematography
Art, Style & BEAUTY
Rotem Gridish - Art
Ziv Limor - Light Designer
Arava Assaf - Makeup
Graphics, PR & Digital Marketing
Digistage - Media
Grotesca - Graphic Design
Oren Hay - Transportation
Humus HaNamer - Catering
Gargir HaZahav - Catering
Dan Hotel Tel Aviv
The Jerusalem Botanical Gardens
Ein Yael - Education, Nature therapy and art