By word of mouth, from one friend to another, the rumor made it all the way to me – a disconnected visitor from Hong Kong. The old President Hotel in Talbia that has been abandoned for years, was to be overtaken by artists and transformed into an underground music, arts and party scene. That’s something you just got to check out for yourself.

 

And it was brilliant.

 

Empty House : Jerusalem Squatting Underground Art Scene

 

Here’s a video (in Hebrew) about what the building used to be and how it was transformed for the squatting event.

Empty House : Jerusalem Squatting Underground Art Scene

 

 

There was lots of stuff going on.

 

The abandoned pool was converted to a performing stage for bands. This is one of the more mainstream sounds that night with a trip-hop feel to it…

Empty House : Jerusalem Squatting Underground Art Scene

Empty House : Jerusalem Squatting Underground Art Scene

Empty House : Jerusalem Squatting Underground Art Scene

 

Sadly, the police came around 20:30 and put an end to the outside performance on account of the elderly neighbors trying to get some sleep. So we moved indoors.

 

Inside, a few artists were showing off their skills…

Empty House : Jerusalem Squatting Underground Art Scene

 

Feel like partying? as the night came, scene changed into this…

Empty House : Jerusalem Squatting Underground Art Scene

 

 

Generally, the whole place was an art exhibition…

Empty House : Jerusalem Squatting Underground Art Scene

Empty House : Jerusalem Squatting Underground Art Scene

Empty House : Jerusalem Squatting Underground Art Scene

Empty House : Jerusalem Squatting Underground Art Scene

Empty House : Jerusalem Squatting Underground Art Scene

Empty House : Jerusalem Squatting Underground Art Scene

Empty House : Jerusalem Squatting Underground Art Scene

Empty House : Jerusalem Squatting Underground Art Scene

Empty House : Jerusalem Squatting Underground Art Scene

Empty House : Jerusalem Squatting Underground Art Scene

Empty House : Jerusalem Squatting Underground Art Scene

Empty House : Jerusalem Squatting Underground Art Scene

 

With a homemade food corner…

Empty House : Jerusalem Squatting Underground Art Scene

 

With a cleaned-up bar that managed to show a bit of its former glory.

Empty House : Jerusalem Squatting Underground Art Scene

 

All in all, a very impressive event.

Empty House : Jerusalem Squatting Underground Art Scene

 

May there be more to come…

 

Check out the location of the abandoned hotel, if you feel like stopping by. Join their Facebook group for updates about the next events.



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The police is a part of the show…. completing it…. Awesome!

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the videos & photos make me feel like going so badly!

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