19 December 2018 - 11 Tevet 5779 - י"א טבת ה' אלפים תשע"ט
Arts & Culture
Tel Aviv to host 64th Eurovision Song Contest E-mail

Tel Aviv has been selected as the host city for the 64th Eurovision Song Contest in 2019, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) announced last month.

The decision was taken by the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) Reference Group (the Contest’s steering committee) after Israeli public broadcaster KAN was asked to present at least two potential candidate cities.

An official statement from the EBU said: “Tel Aviv offered a very creative and compelling bid across all required areas. It was chosen following a strong city bid process which also saw Jerusalem and Eilat vie to host the world’s most hotly anticipated musical event, which reaches around 200 million viewers worldwide.”

It is believed that the organisers were not enthusiastic about holding the event in Jerusalem because of limitations being placed on rehearsals during the Sabbath on Friday evening and Saturday.

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“OpenRestaurants” culinary festival returns to Jerusalem E-mail

With over 80 unique culinary experiences combining food with art, culture and innovation, the urban culinary festival “OpenRestaurants” will return to Jerusalem for the third year running, from 13 to 17 November.

The many open kitchens, private tours, food talks, art and culture bring together the rich fusion of ethnicity that multicultural Jerusalem offers, showcased at some of the city’s most exciting and celebrated restaurants and landmarks.

The festival explores the flavours, scents, spices and cultural charm unique to Jerusalem. It will cover the city, offering a distinct series of events in some of the city’s top cultural venues. Together with world-renowned chefs, the event promises to redefine traditional culinary experiences and challenge the norms of food and cuisine.

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Jerusalem International Oud Festival 2018 E-mail

The Jerusalem International Oud Festival is an annual celebration of the Middle East’s “king of instruments”, a pearshaped string instrument that is very popular in North African Middle Eastern music, with Greek, Moroccan and Egyptian artists taking part. This year’s festival will run from 8 to 17 November.

Founded in 2000, the Oud Festival promotes cultural diversity while strengthening familiar sounds and protecting endangered sounds.

Every year the festival presents many original productions and special performances that offer unique interpretations of ancient and modern works and illustrate the connection between Arab and Persian classical music and Jewish liturgical music. The best Oud players sing and play original music, along with Mediterranean classics. The festival gives a stage to many special projects related to the instrument.

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