Alongside a wide range of community cultural projects, Ashdod houses leading dance companies and orchestras which enrich residents' cultural life and represent the city in Israel and abroad. More than 40 cultural institutions operate in the city and give an artistic and cultural expression to a variety of tastes and artistic styles.
One of the most impressive projects that were recently completed is the Performing Arts Center, with its wavy, shell-like structure, which reminds the visitor its proximity to the sea. The building, a shining example of modern functional architecture, can accommodated comfortably and intimately more than 900 people, and is equipped with innovative and unique technical, lighting and stage facilities, first of their kind in Israel.
In addition, a new amphitheater, the largest in Israel, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, was inaugurated not far from the coast. The amphitheater will greatly contribute to the artistic and musical life of Ashdod in particular and Israel in general. This new venture is designed to accommodate stadium performance of up to 9,500 people, and has both fixed seats and lawn areas. Throughout the year the amiptheatre will host cultural events, including the Spring Celebration, the Wine Festival, Spring by the River, the Mediterranean Festival, Mein Shtetele Festival, Piano Forever National Contest, Cinematheque, national and international conferences, original exhibitions, and theatre and performance events.
These enterprises, as well as others, place Ashdod in line with other major Israeli cities, and express its ability to host national and international events on the highest professional standards.