19 July 2019 - 16 Tammuz 5779 - ט"ז תמוז ה' אלפים תשע"ט
Arts & Culture
Israel Festival 2019 – exploring boundaries of artistic creation E-mail

Founded in 1961, the Israel Festival presents outstanding international theatre performances, contemporary dance and classical music, along with original Israeli works and open-to-the-public street performances.

Attended by well over 35,000 people, the Festival is one of Jerusalem’s most important and beloved cultural assets. This year’s presentations will take place from 30 May to 15 June. The artistic programme for 2019 reflects on current issues and expressions of identity, while exploring the boundaries of artistic creation and the separation of “artist” and “viewer”, “self” and “the other”.

Performances will be held at the Jerusalem Theater, the Tower of David, the Museum for Islamic Art, a City Hall rooftop, the Eden Tamir Music Center in Ein Kerem and Zik Studio in Beit Nekofa, creating an inclusive, unique and inspiring artistic landscape for both performers and audiences.

This year’s international programme includes works by Jefta Van Dinther, Deborah Hay, Philippe Quesne, Steven Cohen, Martin Zimmermann, Robyn Orlin, Marcelo Evelin, the Cullbergbaletten, and the Song of Goat theatre group.

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The International Writers Festival E-mail

The 7th International Writers Festival will take place this month in Jerusalem from 12 to 16 May. It will feature young and fresh voices from all around the world, telling stories about immigration, being a refugee, and wandering, as well as about love and compassion, relationships and break-ups in the #metoo era.

During the five days of the festival, Mishkenot Sha’ananim will host a variety of unique and original cultural activities created especially for the event. These include, among others, literary meetings, workshops, tours, movie screenings, and musical and singing performances for the general public.

The international writers, most of whom are visiting Israel for the first time, will include Joyce Carol Oates (US), winner of the 2019 Jerusalem Prize for Literature.

Moti Schwarz, the Director of Mishkenot Sha’ananim, said: “I am pleased that the International Writers Festival, which is the only literature festival of its type to be held in Israel and which has taken place at Mishkenot Sha’ananim since 2008, will now become an annual event. This is a great challenge that we are happy and excited to take on. ”

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China-Israel Spring Festival Celebration E-mail

A Spring Festival gala was held in March for Chinese and Israeli youths at Kalay High School in the city of Givatayim, Israel.

The celebration was organised by the Kalay High School, the Chinese Students and Scholars Association Israel, the Confucius Institute at the Tel Aviv University and the Confucius Institute at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The Chinese Embassy in Israel sponsored the event.

The gala event was held in the school’s gym, which was decorated with red Chinese knots, lanterns, folding fans and colourful balloons.

The Chinese traditional song Jasmine, performed in Chinese by a young female singer and a band of Kalay High School students, kicked off the festival. Students from the school also staged a dance performance to the cheerful background song Little Apple.

Chinese students presented some traditional music with Chinese instruments, and some opera singing. The event also included a Tai Chi performance from the Confucius Institute of Tel Aviv University and a Kungfu performance by the national martial arts team of Israel.

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