26 April 2019 - 21 Nisan 5779 - כ"א ניסן ה' אלפים תשע"ט
Arts & Culture
China-Israel Spring Festival Celebration E-mail

A Spring Festival gala was held in March for Chinese and Israeli youths at Kalay High School in the city of Givatayim, Israel.

The celebration was organised by the Kalay High School, the Chinese Students and Scholars Association Israel, the Confucius Institute at the Tel Aviv University and the Confucius Institute at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The Chinese Embassy in Israel sponsored the event.

The gala event was held in the school’s gym, which was decorated with red Chinese knots, lanterns, folding fans and colourful balloons.

The Chinese traditional song Jasmine, performed in Chinese by a young female singer and a band of Kalay High School students, kicked off the festival. Students from the school also staged a dance performance to the cheerful background song Little Apple.

Chinese students presented some traditional music with Chinese instruments, and some opera singing. The event also included a Tai Chi performance from the Confucius Institute of Tel Aviv University and a Kungfu performance by the national martial arts team of Israel.

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Zorba The Buddha Festival 2019 E-mail

Israel’s largest hippy festival, The Zorba Festival, happens twice a year, in Spring and during the Festival of Sukkot, at the Desert Ashram in the Negev. This year’s Spring event will fall during Pesach Chol Hamoed from 23 to 27 April.

Founded in 2003, the fiveday festival is a sensual meeting between spirituality, dance, meditation and music. It’s where all the edges meet – the great celebration of life, dancing, movement, music, deep yoga, the spirit of meditation and the silence of the desert. The programme includes workshops and meditations with top instructors and gurus from Israel and abroad.

“Zorba the Buddha” teaches people that life is a journey that can combine the best of all worlds: the fiesta with the meditation, the dance with the quiet, the riches of the festival with the simplicity of the desert.

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Renowned Israeli conductor inspires Myanmar with an appreciation of music E-mail

Israeli pianist Maestro Nir Brand visited Myanmar in February and gave a series of special performances in the country, organised by Israel’s Embassy in Myanmar.

Brand is a conductor of orchestras, a presenter on the Israeli Galgalatz radio station, and an educator with a love of classical music.

On 12 February he performed in a concert titled Life is a Concert at the Goethe Villa, co-hosted by the Embassy of Israel and the German Goethe Institute.

The next day he conducted the musical workshop at the National University of Arts and Culture, followed by an evening performance at the Novotel Hotel Max for an “Israel Tourism Celebration” event. Then on 14 February he gave a special performance for children at Yankin Children’s Hospital.

Brand regularly travels around the world, promoting music to people in less fortunate regions and countries. He was born in Beersheva to Romanian parents, and was raised with a profound appreciation for music from an early age. “My mother and grandmother insisted that I nurture my talent and pursue piano lessons,” he said. “My parents both loved the piano, but had no means to learn how to play in Romania. They invested in my learning, and my grandmother would accompany me to lessons regularly, taking two buses to get me there.” He added: “Because of their commitment to me despite our modest circumstances, I feel I must make an effort to change the world through music and bring its beauty to others.”

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