24 October 2017 - 4 Heshvan 5778 - ד' חשון ה' אלפים תשע"ח
Arts & Culture
Akko Opera Festival E-mail

The Akko Opera Festival will take place for the fourth consecutive year in the Old City’s Crusader Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage site, over the weekend of 3-5 August. Akko (also known as Acre) is a 4,500-year-old city on Israel’s Mediterranean coast.

Tourists and visitors attending the festival can enjoy an exceptional cultural experience, thanks to the unique combination of enchanting music, productions created especially for the festival, and the spectacular setting of the Crusader Fortress.

The programme will include a new production of Giulio Cesare in Egitto by Georg Frederic Handel, directed by Tomer Zvulun; Made in Israel, a tribute concert to the late Israeli singer and songwriter Arik Einstein, with operatic renditions by soloists from the Israeli Opera and guest artist Miki Gabrielov; and the Magic Flute, an opera for all the family, sung in Hebrew.

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Israeli cookbook published in Taiwan E-mail

A Chinese-language version of the book Jerusalem was recently released in Taiwan, making it the first cookbook on Israeli dishes to be published there. The book promotes the culture of Israel through its diverse food and the history behind the dishes.

The cookbook, written by Israeli chefs Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi, includes 120 recipes that explore the rich flavours of Jerusalem.

Emily Ching-Chun Chuang, editor-in-chief of Emily Publishing Co., said at the book launch in April that she was impressed by Israeli cuisine when she visited the country in 2013, and missed the food.

“Israel has delicious food, such as hummus and pita bread, but these are not well known to many Taiwanese people,” she said, adding that the Chinese version of the cookbook is intended to introduce the food and culture of Israel to the Taiwanese people.

Asher Yarden, Israel’s representative to Taiwan, also attended the event to support the book. Speaking at the launch, he said he hoped it would help promote Israeli culture in Taiwan. He said that bilateral ties are good but that there is a need to improve mutual understanding.

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A third Israeli Film Festival in Vietnam Print E-mail

An Israeli Film Festival was held in the central coastal city of Da Nang, Vietnam, from 19 to 23 May. Local residents were offered a chance to take on a cinematographic journey to the country and learn more about Israel’s diverse cultures, traditions and identities.

The five films screened were: Magic Men, Zero Motivation, A Matter of Size, Jelly- fish and Five Hours from Paris. The films, with English and Vietnamese subtitles, were screened at the Le Do Cinema.

This festival was part of the recent Israel Film Festival in Vietnam that took place earlier this year in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, from 24 February to 6 March. Israel’s Ambassador to Vietnam attended at both events.

(Issue June 2017)

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