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Arts & Culture
Anish Kapoor wins Genesis Prize E-mail

On 6 February, the Israeli Embassy in New Delhi congratulated Indian sculptor Anish Kapoor on being awarded the 2017 Genesis Prize.

Established in 2012, the Genesis Prize is awarded by the Genesis Prize Foundation, the Government of Israel and the Jewish Agency for Israel, and has been dubbed “the Jewish Nobel” by Time magazine.

It honours individuals who have attained excellence and international renown in their chosen professional fields, and who inspire others through their engagement and dedication to the Jewish community and the State of Israel. Previous laureates have been Michael Bloomberg, Michael Douglas and Itzhak Perlman.

The decision to award a Jewish, UK-based artist of Indian origin is recognition of Kapoor as one of the most influential and innovative artists of his generation.

Among his famous works is the Turning the World Upside Down, a sculpture at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. His art is a shining example of international and intercultural dialogue through art.
It also symbolically coincides with the celebration of 25 years of diplomatic relations between India and Israel and the inauguration of an exhibit of the Jewish community in India at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts.

The exhibition highlights the integration of the Jewish community into the fabric of Indian society in all aspects: culture, economy, education, science and politics.

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The Diary of Anne Frank opera returns to Thailand E-mail

By popular demand, the opera The Diary of Anne Frank returned to Thailand for two exclusive performances in January.

Opera Siam, in co-operation with the embassy of Germany and the embassy of Israel, organised the performances of the deeply touching opera at the Bangkok Art and Culture Center.

The opera, by composer and lyricist Grigori Frid, is based on the original diary of Anne Frank, a German-Jewish girl under Nazi occupation. With her family, she hid in an attic in Amsterdam from July 1942 until their arrest in August 1944. On her 13th birthday, Anne was given a diary, in which she described her everyday life, what she saw, her different moods and emotions, her fear and her loneliness.

In the 60-minute performance, Anne’s emotional pressure, profound thoughts, moral power, unbending will to live, and hope for freedom and humanity unfold. Special attention is dedicated to the characters who appear in Anne’s monologues but not in person: her father, her sister Margot and various friends.

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In a screening at Cinematheque Tel Aviv on 25 January, Noel Izon presented the Israel première of his documentary, An Open Door: Holocaust Haven in the Philippines, about how the Philippines, under then-President Manuel L. Quezon, provided refuge to some 1,300 Jews fleeing the Holocaust in the 1930s.

The event kicked off the commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between the Philippines and Israel.

“Through this excellent historical documentary, we hope to celebrate and generate greater awareness of the enduring friendship between Filipinos and Jews, which even antedates the independence of both countries,” said Philippine Ambassador to Israel Neal Imperial at the event.

The envoy noted that thenPresident Quezon worked with Jewish networks in Manila from the 1930s to 1941 to provide visas and shelter to the European refugees, most of whom became “Manilaners”, making the Philippines their home.

He added that the late President’s open-door policy for Jewish refugees was a signi cant aspect of Philippine-Israel relations.

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