24 October 2017 - 4 Heshvan 5778 - ד' חשון ה' אלפים תשע"ח
Arts & Culture
Film festival screened in Nepal E-mail

Israel’s Embassy in Nepal, in conjunction with the Nepal Film Society, organised the 11th Israeli Film Festival in the country. The festival took place in Kathmandu from 21 to 23 June, and later in the month in Pokhara and Biratnagar.

At the festival’s opening ceremony at the office of the Nepal Tourism Board in Bhrikuti Mandap, Kathmandu, special guests enjoyed the film Apples from the desert, an adaptation of an Israeli drama, directed by Matti Hariri and Arik Lubetzky.

In special attendance was Onsari Gharti Magar, Speaker of the Legislature Parliament of Nepal.

Yaron Mayer, Israel’s Ambassador to Nepal, gave a short address about the films that would be screened during the festival, and invited all movielovers to experience and enjoy Israeli culture.

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Thailand celebrates Rhythm of the Earth Festival E-mail

Israeli composer, music producer and renowned Kamancha and Baglama player Mark Eliyahu was one of the main musical attractions at this year’s Rhythm of the Earth Festival in Bangkok from 15 to 18 June.

The annual festival, now in its 11th year, is a magical celebration of world music (and world barbecue), taking place on the plaza in front of the CentralWorld shopping centre complex in downtown Bangkok.

Todd Tongdee Lavelle of Lavelle Entertainment described Rhythm of the Earth as “a borderless celebration of the human race” featuring folk, ethnic, Thai and world music performers.

“We’ve had more than 5,000 performers over the past 10 years coming together to celebrate the world as it can be,” he said.

This year’s theme was “Silk Road Home”, a nod to the ancient trade route that scattered the seeds of culture far from home. Eliyahu’s music is based on ancient Middle-Eastern, Persian and Central-Asian musical traditions, brought together with European and modal harmonies that preserve the essential emotional qualities of the music, while making it accessible and inviting to everyone across boundaries of time and space.

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Oslo named Best New Play at the Tony Awards E-mail

Oslo, J.T. Rogers’ play about the 1993 Oslo Accords, was named Best New Play at the Tony Awards.

The awards, Broadway’s highest honours, were presented in New York on 11 June.

The play, in which Israeli and Palestinian negotiators struggle to hammer out a peace deal, received rave reviews for turning a complicated history into a fast, entertaining three hours.

The play also garnered an award for Michael Aronov, who received the award for Best Featured Actor in a Play.

The musical Dear Evan Hansen, about a boy who gets caught up in a lie after the death of a classmate, was awarded Best New Musical. Its star, Jewish actor Ben Platt, received the award for Best Musical Actor. The show also was awarded Best Featured Actress for Rachel Bay Jones, Best Book, Best Orchestrations and Best Original Score for Benji Pasek, who is Jewish, and Justin Paul, who won an Oscar this year for La La Land.

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