24 May 2017 - 28 Iyyar 5777 - כ"ח אייר ה' אלפים תשע"ז
Arts & Culture
Premiere Performances Spring Recital Series E-mail

Premiere Performances, a presenter of solo recitals and chamber music concerts, will be launching its Spring Recital Series 2017, featuring three world-class concerts, including a Hong Kong debut and two recital debuts at the Concert Hall, Hong Kong City Hall.

The first performance in the series, on 25 April will be by pianist Gabriela Montero making her Hong Kong debut. The Venezuelan-born Grammy Award-winner will perform piano masterpieces by Schubert and Schumann, plus her own original improvisations. Montero will bring her unique concert experience to Hong Kong, in which she will improvise in classical style based on audience suggestions. This is a rare opportunity to hear a globally admired and exhilaratingly refreshing approach to musicmaking.

On 15 May, rockstar Violinist Nemanja Radulović with Jewish pianist Laure FavreKahn will perform a programme of passion and excitement. Radulović has taken the classical music world by storm. With his extravagantly flowing locks, gothic fashion style and show-stopping virtuosity, he is shaking up the image of a classical musician.

His exceptional rendition of the Bach Chaconne will be featured in his Hong Kong recital debut. Born in Serbia in 1985, he studied at the Faculty of Arts and Music in Belgrade. He was named ‘International Revelation of the Year’ by Victoires de la Musique in 2005, “Best Artist” in the same ceremony in 2014, and gained an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Arts in Niš, Serbia.

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“3.5 Square Meters: Constructive Responses to Natural Disasters” E-mail

The Tel Aviv Museum of Art’s Design and Architecture Department has devoted the past year to researching and planning an exhibition titled: “3.5 Square Meters: Constructive Responses to Natural Disasters.”

The exhibition, which runs until 9 September this year, examines how communities and individuals worldwide prepare for natural disasters and mobilise in their immediate aftermath.

Local and international humanitarian organisations offer rapid responses to such events. Yet alongside praise for the support and immediate assistance they provide, critiques of such humanitarian operations note the problematic aspects of responses that are not always compatible with the needs of a specific population. Bottom-up approaches complement such traditional top-down responses by carefully addressing conditions in the field and the particular needs of local communities.

This exhibition centres on such bottom-up responses, which focus on the community and its strengths, by presenting a wide range of projects from diverse regions of the world. Revealing a fundamental change in approaches to coping with natural disasters, these projects are organised around four central themes: sharing knowledge, social technology, expanded DIY processes, and contemporary revivals of the archaic community practice of storytelling.

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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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