24 May 2017 - 28 Iyyar 5777 - כ"ח אייר ה' אלפים תשע"ז
Arts & Culture
Musrara Mix Festival 2017-a mix of social cultural meanings E-mail

The Musrara Mix Festival is an international multidisciplinary event that takes place annually in the Jerusalem neighbourhood of Musrara. The festival is a hub of artistic and social happenings, embodying the political and cultural essence of Jerusalem and Israel.

This year’s festival, with a theme of “Terra-Incognita: East-West in a Hybrid World”, will take place from 6 to 8 June.

“East and West” are relative concepts originating from the field of geography. However, over the years, these concepts have become charged with cultural, social and economic meanings, which have been imbued with changing world views.

The Musrara Mix Festival this year offers a platform to the diverse and hybrid voices that range along the cultural spectrum between East and West, North and South, advanced technology and shamanism, combinations that convey an experience of the hybrid situation, a liminal situation, and the move towards a new world and a multicultural world view.

Dozens of artists from around the world will be contributing to the festival, including the Chinese artist Ma Li, who will conduct a mass event she calls “Technotaichi”, a hybrid form influenced by traditional Chinese practice, Communist-order trainings and Western techno culture.

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19th Docaviv International Film Festival E-mail

The 19th Docaviv International Film Festival will take place from 11 to 20 May in Tel Aviv. Docaviv, the Tel Aviv International Documentary Film Festival, is the largest film festival in the city, and the only festival in Israel dedicated entirely to documentary films.

Close to 55,000 people are expected to enjoy 110 movies and take part in cinematic happenings at Tel Aviv Port, at Jaffa Port, on select city rooftops, in public gardens, at Habima Square and at other locations. Many of the events are free.

The festival is considered one of the leading documentary film festivals worldwide. Each year, the festival screens over 100 new documentary movies from Israel and around the world, and its programme includes four competitive frameworks: The Israeli Competition, the International Competition, the Depth of Field Competition and the Student Competition.

The festival also features a special tribute programme dedicated to the work of esteemed filmmakers, as well as special programmes dedicated to the themes of music, art, society and others. One of these programmes focuses on alternative documentary cinema and works that make use of new technology – including Virtual Reality – in order to tell stories in new and challenging ways and to shed light on those hidden corners of reality that the cinematic medium cannot always reach.

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Top artists to perform in Israel this summer E-mail

The hot summer concert lineup in Israel just got hotter, with the recent announcements that Britney Spears, Pet Shop Boys and Tom Jones will each give concerts.

Britney Spears will visit Israel for the first time this summer as she performs in Tel Aviv’s HaYarkon Park on 3 July. Within the first day of the tickets being sold, more than 15,000 tickets were purchased. A multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning pop icon, Spears has sold close to 150 million records worldwide.

Tom Jones is scheduled to perform at Tel Aviv’s Menorah Arena on 28 June. This will be his third visit to Israel – the last time he performed there was in 2013.

The singer, who is now 76 years old, has sold over 100 million records over the past 50 years and is known for his hits It’s Not Unusual, What’s New Pussycat and Delilah. In the 1990s he gained a new fan base when he released Reload, an album of cover duets with artists such as Robbie Williams and Stereophonics.

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