24 October 2017 - 4 Heshvan 5778 - ד' חשון ה' אלפים תשע"ח
Arts & Culture
Color Me Israel to inspire cultural understanding between Israel and South Korea E-mail

An adult colouring book on Israel, targeting the Korean market, designed and published by Israel-Asia Leaders Fellow Lee Jae Eun, has been launched in Korean bookstores.

The book, Color Me Israel, was inspired by Jae’s life and travels in Israel. It features descriptions and taglines in Korean, and takes the reader from her arrival in Israel with her Korean passport on an El Al plane to floating in the Dead Sea, drinking at a fruit juice stand in Tel Aviv, playing matkot, a popular paddle-ball game, on the Tel Aviv beach, and visiting Israel’s famous tourist sites. The book also features Jewish festivals such as Purim, Chanukah, Rosh Hashanah, Sukkot and Pesach.

For the past four years, South Korean native Jae, who speaks fluent Hebrew, has been working as the Press Officer at the Israeli Embassy in Seoul.

Jae was a Fellow on the inaugural year of the Israel-Asia Center’s Israel-Asia Leaders Fellowship, from 2011 to 2012, while she was studying her BA in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The Israel-Asia Leaders Fellowship is an eightmonth programme focused on building future leaders in IsraelAsia relations.

Drawing had always been one of Jae’s favourite hobbies. She explained that she wanted to use this to create something light and fun about Israel. “Israel has a somewhat serious image in the world. It is often related only with conflict or religion,” says Jae. “Even in Korea, where people generally have a positive image of Israel, people don’t really know the modern face of Israel.”

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Karmiel International Dance Festival Print E-mail

Over 250,000 visitors and tourists attended the 30th Annual International Karmiel Dance Festival, which took place from 8 to 10 August in Karmiel, located between Akko and Tzfat, in the heart of the Beit Kerem Valley, Israel. The event is the largest dance festival of its kind in the country.

Tennis courts, sports halls and community centres, together with an amphitheatre and an arena, became the stages for the festival, with over 100 performances and events scheduled throughout the area, and with the participation of 10,000 dancers. This year there were performances by dancers from China, Georgia, Prague and Hungary.

Dance companies from all over Israel, and from many other countries, participate in the Karmiel Dance Festival. Dance enthusiasts of all ages, from children to adults, attend scores of performances. In addition, the Festival includes Salsa dance parties; marathons of Zumba, Hip Hop and Breakdance; Jazz and choreography competitions; roller dancing; public singing and more.

(Issue Sep 2017)

International Yoga Day 2017 brings thousands of enthusiasts E-mail

The 3rd International Yoga Day took place in Rabin Square in the centre of Tel Aviv on the longest day of the year, 21 June.

The programme in Tel Aviv drew thousands of participants, who joined in several parallel yoga sessions including Iyangar, Ashtanga, Tri-Yoga and Vinyasa yoga. In addition, there was a session of Acro-Yoga and a yoga session for children.

On show was the largest art piece ever created from 1,500 yoga mats. The artwork visualises the future of Israel 30 years from now, with an emphasis on the environment, culture and co-existence.

Lead by Dreame founder Sharonna Karni Cohen, who collected hundreds of dreams from hundreds of people in Tel Aviv. She thereafter recruited artist Amit Trainin and two junior artists, who transformed these dreams into one artwork depicting an imagined future. This was scanned and sliced into 1,500 pieces and printed onto yoga mats.

An official opening ceremony was attended by the Ambassador of India in Israel together with a performance of Indian dance and songs.

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