22 October 2019 - 23 Tishri 5780 - כ"ג תשרי ה' אלפים תש"פ
Arts & Culture
Chinese construction workers entertained with traditional folk performance Print E-mail

A special visit in May by nine outstanding Chinese artists entertained about 200 Chinese workers, who had been working on a power plant project in northern Israel.

The folk artists, from the Chinese Quyi Artists Association, presented seven programmes for the workers, who are currently building the Kokhav Hayarden pumped storage power plant located nearby Lake Tiberias. PowerChina, China’s leading hydropower construction company, has been tasked with building the plant, which started construction in July 2017.

The show kicked off with the Kuaiban performance (a form of oral story-telling). The artists also performed Xiangsheng (known as ‘crosstalk comedy’), and played a Suona (a Chinese double-reed woodwind instrument), all while interacting with the excited audience. The one-hour performance was well received and warmly applauded by the attendees. The Chinese artists also performed for an Israeli audience at the China Cultural Center in Tel-Aviv.

(Issue Jul/Aug 2019)

Israel proposes India as focus country at Jerusalem Film Festival in 2020 E-mail

Israel has proposed India to be the focus country at Jerusalem Film Festival next year during a meeting between the delegations of the two countries at the Cannes International Film Festival in May.

Indian film Newton, starring Rajkummar Rao, has recently created a buzz in Israel, the Israeli delegation said. Premiered in 2017, the film is a black comedy drama about a government clerk that tries to run a free and fair election in a conflict area in central India.

The Indian delegation at Cannes was led by Information and Broadcasting Secretary Amit Khare, while Eti Cohen (Director of the Film Department and Council at the Ministry of Culture and Sports) led the delegation for Israel.

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New Israel tourism director appointed to oversee ties with India and the Philippines Print E-mail

The Israel Ministry of Tourism has appointed Sammy Yahia as Director of Tourism for India and Philippines, effective 3 June.

Prior to his appointment to India, he was the Director of Marketing & Communications for Israel Ministry of Tourism from 2012 to May 2019.

On his appointment, Yahia commented on the growth market of India being one of the most significant tourist sectors under development in the country.

Visitor arrivals from India have grown from 35,000 tourists in 2014 to almost 71,000 tourists in 2018. Israel hopes to surpass its achievements of last year, which works out as a 21% increase in Indian tourist arrivals. This has expedited India’s ascent to becoming the 12th top source market for Israel.

(Issue Jul/Aug 2019)

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