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Arts & Culture
Exhibition detailing Jewish roots in Israel displayed in Hong Kong school Print E-mail

St. Stephen’s College in Stanley, Hong Kong, recently featured an exhibition on the history of Israel, entitled “People, Book, Land: The 3,500 Year Relationship of the Jewish People with the Holy Land”. It was co-commissioned by the Simon Wiesenthal Centre.

A total of 25 panel displays of text and visuals illustrated the history of the Jews and their land, spanning a timeline of over 3500 years and showcasing Israel’s history from ancient times to date.

It is was part of the school’s guided tour of the Heritage Trail, which was also open to the public during 26-29 September. Ahuva Spieler, Israel’s Consul General to Hong Kong, attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony at St. Stephens College with the Principal Ms. Carol Yang.

The US based Simon Wiesenthal Centre is a global human rights organisation dedicated to preserving the memory of the Holocaust. It recently established a travelling exhibition division that visits all parts of the world for educational resources. Its three landmark exhibitions have been displayed in the Vatican, on Capitol Hill, at the UN and other parts of the US and the world.

(Issue Oct 2019)

Israel and Vietnam hold a folk concert Print E-mail

On 25 August, Israel and Vietnam Folk Harmony took place in Lao Cao, Hanoi, as part of joint National Day and August Revolution anniversary celebrations.

Co-organised by the Lao Cai Provincial People’s Committee and Israel’s embassy in Vietnam, the event is an annual art and cultural exchange programme between the two countries. The programme included 12 performances; established Israeli dance group Hora Shemesh participated alongside Lao Cai province’s ethnic art troupe, providing the Vietnamese audience with a lively perspective on Israeli life and culture.

Through the performances, the audiences had the opportunity to engage with Israeli folk music culture which originated from many parts of the world, all converging in Israeli dances. Meanwhile, the Lao Cai province’s ethnic art troupes presented to the audience special dance performances imbued with the cultural identity of Northwestern Vietnam.

(Issue Oct 2019)

Japanese Bikaku-style furniture on display in Israel E-mail

At the Periscope Design Gallery in Tel-Aviv last month, an array of Japanese Bikakustyle pieces were featured, complete with symbolic designs presenting both direct and personal interpretations.

The Bikaku furniture collection, meaning a sense of beauty, was presented under the name Bright Shadows, showcasing the works of two Israeli designers with Japanese roots.

For artists Tal Shermeister and Sia Preminger, metalwork is the medium of choice. They took care not to take too much of it, always leaving traces of the creation process and tool marks visible instead of sanded away.

This unrefined aesthetic lies at the heart of Bikaku, an artistic practice influenced by 12th Century Zen Buddhism, focusing on imperfections as beauty. Core values include reintroducing and repurposing flawed goods, developing them in an aesthetic means known as “Wabi-sabi”.

“I grew up in a very Japanese-style household,” explained Preminger. “If Israeli children are allowed to play with their toys and leave them scattered about, we were always instructed to be mindful and put them in place. It was very important to my mother that we do this.”

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