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Arts Around the World, December 4-10, 2017

By Claire Hammond

Mark your calendars and save the dates, check out these live entertainment, theatre and arts events and news occurring around the globe this week.

December 4-10, 2017

SpongeBob SquarePants, USA, from December 4
Broadway is holding its breath to see how the infamous SpongeBob SquarePants tells his story on the Great White Way. One of the most anticipated openings of the season, the show includes tap dancing and pop music and much, much more!

Mevlana Festival, Turkey, December 7 – 17
A sacred part of Turkish heritage takes place at the Seb-i Arus (Night of Union) Festival in Konya this week. For 10 days before the anniversary of 13th-century Sufi philosopher, poet and mystic Mevlana Jalal al-Din Rumi, the streets are filled with cultural events and prayers. The festival culminates in a Sema ceremony on the last evening, when members of the Mevlevi Order, also known as the Whirling Dervishes, spin in circles – a spiritual dance which represents the abandoning of ego and the ascent towards enlightenment.

International and Original Play Festival, Israel, December 4 – 12
The Tel Aviv Cameri Theater will hold the International and Original Play Festival from December 4 to December 12. The widely respected festival is in its 10th year. Two of the plays come from Poland and Croatia respectively, and the rest are produced locally.

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