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Arts & Culture
Chinese Cultural Center showcases heritage, art and achievements E-mail

A three-day event in January at the Chinese Cultural Center in Tel Aviv featured a series of Sino-Israeli cultural and trade-promotion activities.

The event included a SinoIsraeli cultural-innovation roadshow, a cultural-and creativeproduct exhibition titled China Style, a photography exhibition titled This Moment in Pudong, an exhibition titled “Jewish Refugees and Shanghai” and a Yue Opera class.

Also on show were China’s national intangible cultural heritage, pottery, silk, embroidery and tea ceremonies. China Style showcased the development of the country’s cultural and creative industries in high-tech sectors, innovation capacity and market prospects. Shao Peiran, a 12-year-old boy, displayed his oil painting, A Dream Within a Dream, which portrays the goodness in a child’s eyes.

This Moment in Pudong, which commemorated the 40th anniversary of China’s reform and opening up, presented 30 pictures that demonstrate achievements in Shanghai. It featured business, culture, society and life in the city’s Pudong New Area and the Shanghai Pilot Free Trade Zone.

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Israeli performers at the Thailand International Jazz Conference E-mail

The 11th Thailand International Jazz Conference (TIJC), with a theme of “Chill out Around Jazz”, took place from 25 to 27 January at the College of Music at Mahidol University in Bangkok. The event brought together worldclass jazz artists from the US, Europe and many other locations, together with local Thai artists.

Dr Narong Prangcharoen, Dean of the College of Music at Mahidol University, said this year’s event was another important step for TIJC, with the mix of various styles of music. Over the past decade, TIJC has evolved as the centre and community of jazz that brings together jazz lovers from all over the country.

One of the highlighted performing groups was from Israel: highly acclaimed and widely regarded as one of the world’s top jazz bassists, Omer Avital performed with pianist Eden Ladin, saxophone duo Asaf Yuria and Alexander Levin and drummer Ofri Nehemya in a concert on 26 January.

Avital is a virtuoso bassist and a transformational composer and musical thinker. He is a master of the various rhythmic and harmonic vocabularies that underpin 20thand 21st-century hardcore jazz expression, which he approaches with a polyphonic attitude and articulates with prodigious technique.

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Renowned Israeli poet Amoz Oz dies E-mail

Many hundreds of people bade a final farewell to renowned Israeli author Amos Oz at a memorial service in Tel Aviv on 28 December. He was 79, and died after a battle with cancer.

The funeral was held a few days earlier on 21 December and he was buried at Kibbutz Hulda, the communal farm in central Israel where he had lived for many years.

Oz was a leading figure in Israel’s peace movement, revered by Israel’s dovish left wing as an eloquent and outspoken advocate of peace with the Palestinians. Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin, politicians, stage actors and other cultural figures attended the funeral, and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas sent a message expressing his condolences.

Oz wrote dozens of books, including a well-received 2002 memoir, and won numerous literary prizes in his half-century career. He was also a novelist, a journalist and a former professor of Hebrew literature at BenGurion University.

In all the author of 19 works of fiction, hundreds of essays and articles about modern Israel and a longtime candidate for the Nobel prize for literature, Oz was best known for his novels, including Black Box, In the Land of Israel and A Tale of Love and Darkness. Much of his work, both fiction and non-fiction, explored kibbutz life and picked apart his characters’ often complex relationships with Israel – reflective of his own.

“My beloved father passed away from cancer, just now, after a rapid deterioration, when he was sleeping at peace, surrounded by the people who love him,” wrote his daughter Fania Oz-Salzberger, announcing his death on Twitter. “To those who love him, thank you.”

“Sadness has descended on us,” said Israeli president Reuven Rivlin, calling Oz “our greatest writer” and “a giant of the spirit”.

Historian Simon Schama also paid tribute to Oz, calling him “a hero of mine, a moral as well as literary giant; a light to Israel and all who care for truth and justice.” He wrote: “His life was a blessing and his work will be with us forever.”

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