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Arts & Culture
56th Israel Festival offers daring artistic programme E-mail

The 56th Israel Festival, which started on 1 June and continues until 18 June, is an internationally renowned interdisciplinary festival that takes place each year in Jerusalem, offering an original, innovative and daring artistic programme.

High-quality productions in dance, music, drama and performance theatre from all over the world take centre stage, and also on the programme are original Israeli productions and free outdoor performances. This year’s festival takes place mostly in the various halls and spaces of the Jerusalem Theatre.

The Israel Festival opened with a Groove Party that both celebrated the 56th Festival and marked the 50th Anniversary of Jerusalem’s Reunification. An electrifying musical performance in the magical open-air Sultan’s Pool featured Israel’s top established and emerging musicians.

Reflecting Israel’s rich diversity and Jerusalem’s multiculturalism, the event brought together outstanding musical legends such as Teapacks and Knesiyat Hasekhel, pioneering bands that have profoundly influenced the Israeli musical identity.

Joining the festival lineup, the Firqat Alnoor Orchestra, made up of outstanding Jewish and Arab musicians who, together with guest singer Nasreen Qadri, will bring their unique east-west sound. Queen of Israeli-Indian groove Liora Itzhak will bring Bollywood to the stage, while A-WA and Yemen Blues will rock with the hottest Yememite sound in the Middle East, mixed with the exhilarating sounds of the Kutiman Orchestra.

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Musrara Mix Festival 2017-a mix of social cultural meanings E-mail

The Musrara Mix Festival is an international multidisciplinary event that takes place annually in the Jerusalem neighbourhood of Musrara. The festival is a hub of artistic and social happenings, embodying the political and cultural essence of Jerusalem and Israel.

This year’s festival, with a theme of “Terra-Incognita: East-West in a Hybrid World”, will take place from 6 to 8 June.

“East and West” are relative concepts originating from the field of geography. However, over the years, these concepts have become charged with cultural, social and economic meanings, which have been imbued with changing world views.

The Musrara Mix Festival this year offers a platform to the diverse and hybrid voices that range along the cultural spectrum between East and West, North and South, advanced technology and shamanism, combinations that convey an experience of the hybrid situation, a liminal situation, and the move towards a new world and a multicultural world view.

Dozens of artists from around the world will be contributing to the festival, including the Chinese artist Ma Li, who will conduct a mass event she calls “Technotaichi”, a hybrid form influenced by traditional Chinese practice, Communist-order trainings and Western techno culture.

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19th Docaviv International Film Festival E-mail

The 19th Docaviv International Film Festival will take place from 11 to 20 May in Tel Aviv. Docaviv, the Tel Aviv International Documentary Film Festival, is the largest film festival in the city, and the only festival in Israel dedicated entirely to documentary films.

Close to 55,000 people are expected to enjoy 110 movies and take part in cinematic happenings at Tel Aviv Port, at Jaffa Port, on select city rooftops, in public gardens, at Habima Square and at other locations. Many of the events are free.

The festival is considered one of the leading documentary film festivals worldwide. Each year, the festival screens over 100 new documentary movies from Israel and around the world, and its programme includes four competitive frameworks: The Israeli Competition, the International Competition, the Depth of Field Competition and the Student Competition.

The festival also features a special tribute programme dedicated to the work of esteemed filmmakers, as well as special programmes dedicated to the themes of music, art, society and others. One of these programmes focuses on alternative documentary cinema and works that make use of new technology – including Virtual Reality – in order to tell stories in new and challenging ways and to shed light on those hidden corners of reality that the cinematic medium cannot always reach.

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