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Arts & Culture
Taiwanese Hakka culture showcased in Israel E-mail

A photography exhibition spotlighting Hakka culture was held from 22 May to 3 June in Jerusalem as part of government efforts promoting people-to-people exchanges between Taiwan and Israel.

Organised by the Hakka Affairs Council, the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Tel Aviv and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HUJ), Hakka Journey—Taiwan Romantic Route 3 as a Formosa Landscape featured 50 images encapsulating the cultural customs and lifestyles of the ethnic group.

The shots were taken by nine local photographers at points along Hakka Romantic Route 3, a 150-kilometre section in northern and central Taiwan that is part of the 438.7-kilometre Provincial Highway No. 3. The route winds through 16 Hakka townships in Taoyuan City, Hsinchu and Miaoli counties and Taichung City.

At the opening ceremony of the exhibition in Jerusalem, Hakka Affairs Council Minister Li Yung-te said the exhibition was the first on Hakka culture staged in Israel. The exhibition also aimed at helping visitors, including those attending a conference about Asian Studies held at HUJ in May, to better understand this unique aspect of Taiwan’s multicultural society.

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The Hong Kong International Choreography Festival E-mail

The Hong Kong International Choreography Festival (HKICF) returned for the third time from 28 to 30 June at the Sheung Wan Civic Centre Theatre. Each evening, the festival featured several artistic performances and creations.

This year, three Israeli choreographers, David Matan, Dana Katz and Efrat Galai, took part in the performances and workshops, offering their own unique multicultural programmes of contemporary dance.

In all, around 12 international artists-in-residence, together with five world-renowned choreographers and five local Hong Kong artists, participated in the festival.

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Niv Petel to perform at new Tai Kwun arts and cultural hub E-mail

The former Central Police Station compound and prison in Hong Kong has been revitalised and transformed into a heritage, contemporary arts and performing arts centre.

Located in the heart of Central on Hong Kong Island, the complex, now known as the Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage and Arts, is bordered by Old Bailey Street, Hollywood Road, Arbuthnot Road and Chancery Lane. “Tai Kwun” means “Big Station”. The old Central Police Station was fully decommissioned in 2006.

As part of the opening season of the venue’s Performing Arts Programme, Israeli actor Niv Petel will perform Knock Knock, his powerful one-man show, from 19 to 22 July. The Artistic Advisor and Co-Director of the show is Maia Levy. “How would you raise your child, if you knew that one day their turn will come to hold a rifle?” In one of the most acclaimed shows in the Edinburgh Fringe 2017, Niv Petel’s Knock Knock weaves a poignant and heartfelt tale about the effects of conscription on everyday life for a single mother and her only son.

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