5 June 2020 - 14 Sivan 5780 - י"ד סיון ה' אלפים תש"פ
Arts & Culture
39th Annual Akko Theatre Festival Print E-mail

Held on Israel’s northern coast, the annual Akko Theatre Festival took place from 14-17 October.

The festival is set among the crusader ruins and beachfront promenades of the Old City of Akko, and customarily run for four days during the festival of Sukkot and features performances of original, avant-garde fringe theatre from Israel and around the world.

In all, around 500 artists performed in over 60 shows, including special premieres, guest performances, street theatre, and outdoor events.

(Issue Nov 2019)

Award-winning photographer presents Women on the Front Lines book E-mail

Debbie Zimelman, photo journalist and creater of the book Women on the Front Lines book, gave a special talk and presentation about her inspiration and work to Jewish communities in Hong Kong and Tokyo last month.

Her photography work began nearly 25 years ago. During her talk she explained one of her very first projects was a series of documentaries on women in prison in Israel. Her more recent project has been on women in combat units in the IDF which has become her recently released book. Her motivation to create the book was through her friends daughters. “I made aliyah to Israel at the age of 22, and was considered “too old” to serve in the IDF. Having lived in Israel for over 30 years, I have always felt this is one experience that I have missed out on. Thus when my friends daughters began to be drafted, and they also chose to volunteer for combat units, I thought it would be interesting to photograph them.”

The IDF granted permission to photograph and create the first book on this topic. Debbie then spent several years shooting, and then several more years trying to figure out how to turn 3000 images and 30 interviews into a book. The format of the book provides full page images mixed with quotes from the women soldiers. It includes a scholarly article by an academic on the topic, as well as an introduction by me.

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18th Annual Oud Festival E-mail

The Jerusalem International Oud Festival will open later this month from 21-30 November. Founded in 2000, the Oud Festival promotes cultural diversity while strengthening ties familiar sounds and protecting endangered ones.

It is an annual celebration of the Middle East’s “king of instruments”, a pear-shaped string instrument that is very popular in North African Middle Eastern music.

Every year the festival presents programming of original productions and special performances that offer unique interpretations of ancient and modern works, illustrating the connection between Arab and Persian classical music and Jewish liturgical music.

Hosted by the Confederation House, the festival features international and local artists, all inspired by their love and passion for the unique Oud instrument, its techniques, melodies, and songs that are etched into the musical memory of the entire world.

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