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Festival Ends with Dispute About Success

June 11, 1985
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The three week annual Jerusalem Festival ended last night with a sharp disagreement over whether it was as festive as in past years. The media didn’t think so. Mayor Teddy Kollek did.

Avital Mossinsohn, Festival Art Director, said the event was not as successful as previous festivals because there was “a different national mood than last year.” Kollek strongly demured. “This Festival was much more successful than what the press described it to be, and to hell with the press,” he told a cheering crowd of 8,000 who came to celebrate the final event at the Sultan’s Pool at the foot of the Old City walls.

During its three week stand, the Festival hosted 150 performances of 81 shows, eight of them Saturday night alone.

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