Kivunim – the municipal company for recreation culture in Beer Sheba
The company of Kivunim was established with the view that culture and recreation are a growing component in the lives of Beer Sheba residents.
As a central Israeli metropolis, Kivunim offers Beer Sheba and the entire area a bounty of varied and rich cultural activities alongside popular entertainment for young and adult populations.
It can be said that Kivunim is actually one of the largest culture production and management companies in Israel.
"On the way” Kivunim finds time also to manage the youth, community, sports, immigration and culture departments, as also the performing arts center, the youth center, the department of municipal events, the zoological garden, the Negev art museum, the Negev home for artists, the Ethiopian workshop and more.
Amongst Kivunim’s many activities you can also find management and running of projects and establishments that involve varied worlds of content:
> Cultural events and festivals
Kivunim produces dozens of cultural events and festivals such as the Purim carnival, the White Night events, the family festival in Passover, summer events, the wine festival, Succoth festival, Athena (the great women’s march), the Beer Sheba sport navigation championship and additional large cultural events that have become a tradition and that draw hundreds of visitors from all over Israel.
> The Performance Arts Center
A modern center with two sophisticated halls of 400 and 800 seats, that hosts subscription series of theatre and classical music performances, pop and rock shows from Israel and abroad and more.
> The Center for Young People– a home for local artists
“The Center for Young People” in the old city enables young musicians the opportunity to record and perform.
The center provides the young people an advanced recording and television studio as also a performance hall.
In recent years the center has become a home for cultural, artistic and musical events initiated by local and visiting artists from all over the country.
> The Negev Art Museum
The Negev Visual Art Museum exhibits the best of Israeli artists.
> Fringe Theatre
The new fringe theatre in the old city presents fringe theatre at its best. Many original theatre pieces that reaped much praise and prestigious prizes have already been performed this year at its new home.
> The Municipal Podium
The Beer Sheba Podium is an educational, cultural and social institution that offers every knowledge and culture advocate the opportunity to take part in the wide and fascinating array of activities that include courses, trips, lectures, classes, concerts, dance performances, opera and theatre performances and more.
An attractive Gym that includes three studio halls with a variety of modern aerobic equipment and workout machines, weights, workshops and a wide range of aerobic classes for women. In addition the club offers expansive professional support that includes personal trainers, coachers and dieticians that help promote a healthy lifestyle.
> The Negev Zoo
At the outskirts of the city is the zoological garden which is both a touristic attraction and a learning center.
The zoological garden is divided into areas for reptiles, birds and mammals.
Last year zebras and a kangaroo joined the zoo and the municipality is working to bring in yet more animals.
These days the zoo is undergoing cosmetic changes and processes of future planning and development. A desert zoo is planned to be established in the area.
> Community centers
In Beer Sheba there are 30 community centers that run a rich array of activities. Above 3500 children and adults take part in the activities offered by the community centers.
Last year new and modern community centers that meet the highest standards joined the existing ones.
Heading the community centers is the community department manager who is responsible amongst other things for the municipal summer day camps.
Alongside the community centers operate initiatives and enrichment programs for special populations and independent departments, amongst them the departments for Jewish and religious culture. Both these departments operate amongst the religious and ultra religious populations, offering them activities that suit their lifestyle.
There are also three daycare centers in the Kivunim “children’s” network and dozens of afternoon childcare facilities that cater to thousands of children from preschool age to third grade, offering enrichment programs that include theatre shows and performances at subsidized prices.
An empowerment center for young adults under the age of 35. The center works towards keeping the young people in town and preventing emigration. The center offers assistance and support in the fields of advanced studies and employment.
> Excellence centers
Kivunim runs two excellence centers that encourage excellence from preschool to high-school, in different areas such as sports, physical education, leadership and social involvement, theatre and the arts.
> Youth movements
In the city there are 13 youth movements carrying different realms of content and world perspectives. 28 branches operate in neighborhoods A’, B’, C’, D’, E’, I’, K’, Nachal Ashan, Nachal, Beka, Neve Zeev and Ramot. Altogether above 3000 children and adolescents, from 4th to 12th grade, are active in the youth movements. Youth movement members are trained to be future youth movement guides.
In addition there are groups of “shinshinim” in the city—young high school graduates that do their national service in the city and are active in the community and in the youth movements.
> The Center for Significant Enlistment
Based on Zionistic principles that encourage enlisting to the IDF and national service, Kivunim established “The Center for Significant Enlistment” that accompanies adolescents that plan to enlist to the army or national service.
The city is developing and with it the quantity of sports facilities available to residents.
Fitness parks and sports grounds are available for both training and pleasure.
New training grounds offer sports groups and unions a professional response.
Unique sports facilities have been opened for the benefit of the residents, amongst them the Skates Park, the “Kunchia” (Sea Shell) Sports Hall, and soon the Municipal Stadium in the name of Turner.
In addition sports programs continue to be integrated into schools. For example: sports enterprises, sports trustees, different sports tournaments and more.
The center for excellence in sports and physical education is also expanding.
The expansion of popular sports activities can be seen also in activities such as the night race and Athena, the sports week, the pensioner march, and more.
The municipal department of immigration helps absorb immigrants from all over the world, who come to Beer Sheba and find there their home.
On one hand the department assists the physical absorption of the immigrants—residence, employment, education, and on the other hand helps them preserve their traditions by means of cultural events, classes, and enrichment activities.
The department helps immigrants in a variety of areas standing by them throughout the whole process of their absorption.
The Kivunim company offers many more activities and services.
We invite you to explore our site and find the most suitable activity for you.