“Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.”
– Jane Jacobs
This cross-cultural Tel Aviv tour takes you to the midst of Neve Sha’anan, the center of refugees, asylum seekers and immigrants. As you enter the streets you will meet a separate world within Tel Aviv. Originally the neighborhood was inhabited by Persians, Poles and Moroccans. Nowadays you will discover large communities of Sudanese, Eritreans, Chinese, Philippines and many more.
You will hear about the ambitious vision of the founders, their utopias, urban plan and the twists in the story. As you walk in the streets you will be amazed by the architecture, a mix of ancient Muslim mansions, village style houses and Bauhaus buildings. Nowadays, they are densely populated by asylum seekers, immigrants and refugees.
You will be exposed to the fascinating ongoing conﬂict between the narrative of the founders of Neve Sha’anan and the current reality. Step by step you will come across absurdities, mistakes, and vivid cultures creating out- standing cross-cultural mixes.
The connections between “things that went wrong” in the historic plan and innovative initiatives will become clear as you go. Come and observe how the most crowded neighborhood in Tel Aviv transforms into a blend of gorgeous cultures, social projects, authentic restaurants and eclectic buildings. Join us on this cross-cultural Tel Aviv tour as we discover this intense and fascinating neighborhood!
Meeting Point: Levinsky Garden – Sderot Har Tsiyon corner of Levinsky, Tel Aviv
Timetable: 2-3 Hours
Languages: English, Hebrew, French
What People Are Saying
“Ilyll entertaining and yet highly knowledgeable way of telling little stories and making the point. You just feel the dedication and sweeping passion she is putting into her work.
if you’re looking for the next level of city tours – here you go.”
– Fabien A.
“You feel like you are being guided by a friend, because Ilyll makes the experience very smooth and natural, but at the same time you feel that much time has been spent collecting the bits that made up the tour. In two words: highly recommended.”
– Shira N.