The concert began with a performance by the Tel Aviv Philharmonic orchestra who played pieces by Strauss and Tchaikovsky to the backdrop of exploding fireworks and an unbelievable light show. Behind the stage, City Hall was lit up with flaming lights illuminating the number 100.
Saturday's concert (Photo: Yaron Brener)
The entire square was rigged with elaborate fireworks and the night sky became a canvass of exploding colors. The show included performances by Barry Sakharof, Miri Mesika, Mati Caspi, Shlomo Gronich, Danny Robas, Dana International, Alona Daniel, and the Monica Sex band.
Along with the performers, there were elaborate dance routines with hundreds of people on stage. All the apartments facing Rabin square were packed with people hanging over their balconies to catch a glimpse of the show.
The square was packed with a diverse crowd of children, adults and elderly who were all able to celebrate together. The music was a mix of classical, rock, opera, and pop which provided something for all ages to enjoy. Following the concert, trance and dance music began playing, which set off a gigantic street party that lasted late into the night. People were really excited to be part of the city's centennial.
City has come a long wayNatalie Dembowich, an American tourist taking part in the concert said, “When the fireworks started I was brought to tears. Emotions blew through my body. My father was born in Tel Aviv and to be here to celebrate 100 years of my father's birthplace was an incredible experience”.
The city has come a long way in that time. When Tel Aviv was established in 1909, it was a small community on the outskirts of Yafo. Since then, Tel Aviv has evolved into an industrial and cultural hub. The city is home to over 400,000 people and over 2 million in the surrounding areas.