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Akko Theater Center | Israel’s History Interpreted Through Drama

Started in the 1980s by a group of Israeli actors who had a vision to create a unique theatrical experience that also encourages community engagement, the Akko Theater Center (ATC) is now home to a broad community of Jewish and Arab performing artists.

Supported by the Israel Ministry of Education and by its own revenues, the Center is located in the beautifully-appointed facilities offered by the Knights Hall in Old Acre.

The Akko Theatre Center has gained global recognition for its novel approach to its groundbreaking and award-winning productions with plays such as Arbeit Macht Frei, Memories of the Second Generation, Arab Dream and WishUponAStar. These productions blend history with a focus on social and cultural issues.

See Akko’s history come alive

Throughout the years, the Akko Theater Center has collaborated with the Old Acre Development Company to produce and perform colorful historical plays blending history and theater and enabling visitors to immerse themselves in Akko’s long legacy.

Take an unforgettable theatrical journey through time that blurs the boundaries between reality and imagination, where the Old City’s forebears come to life throughout the city and in the Knights Hall. Actors portray historic figures with connections to Akko, such as Napoleon, Saladin, and Ahmad el-Jazzar, and interact with the audience.

Take part in Akko’s Fringe Theater Festival

Since 1979, Akko’s “Festival of Alternative Theater” or “Fringe Theater Festival” as it’s now called, has been a fixture every year in Akko’s Old City. Held over a period of four days during the Jewish festival of Sukkot, the festival welcomes theatergoers and performers from all over the world.

Visitors can enjoy a variety of performances, ranging from street theater to parades, dance performances, interactive theater, and more.