About the project
The Festival for a Shekel is a festival of rock, hip-hop and other contemporary music that was created by Israeli musicians and performers to enable those who cannot afford high ticket prices to attend their concerts. The festival’s entrance fee is a symbolic one shekel (about 25 cents). The festival is held in disadvantaged towns throughout the country; in Jerusalem, it has been held in the Kiryat Menachem, Kiryat Hayovel and Pisgat Ze’ev neighborhoods. Performers have included some of Israel’s most popular musicians, such as the funk, rock, and hip-hop group Hadag Nachash, whose leader, Sha’anan Streett, is a driving force of the festival. In 2002, the festival’s first year, 11,000 people were in attendance.