26 September 2018 - 17 Tishri 5779 - י"ז תשרי ה' אלפים תשע"ט
Arts & Culture
“Out of the Blue” – Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem E-mail

A new exhibition has opened at the Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem, in honor of Israel’s 70th anniversary year, traces the thread of the mysterious blue colour, tekhelet, on its journey from the Mediterranean shores over 3,500 years ago through to the national colours of the State of Israel’s national flag.

Tekhelet and argaman, two precious colours have carried great significance for generations up to the present day. The sacred meaning of tekhelet took root in Jewish history when the Israelites were commanded to cover the Ark of the Covenant and Tabernacle utensils with tekhelet dyed cloths, and to tie tekhelet threads to the corners of their garments as a reminder of God and his commandments.

The Bible mentions tekhelet alongside another luxurious colour – argaman, the majestic purple, which was a prestigious colour of great importance in the ancient world and a symbol of royalty and nobility. With the decline of the blue and purple dye industry, the skill required to produce these dyes was lost and forgotten for centuries. In recent generations, interest in the colours has revived after researchers traced the source of both tekhelet and argaman to murex snails indigenous to the Mediterranean Sea.

Out of the Blue showcases unique archeological and historical items of profound cultural significance. The exhibition displays for the first time two-thousand-year-old tekhelet and argaman dyed fragments of textiles found in the caves of the Judean Desert and Masada.

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Indian dance company to return to Tel Aviv E-mail

In conjunction with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations and the Embassy of India in Israel, the Navdhara India Dance Theatre (NIDT) will return for its third visit to the Suzanne Dellal Centre in Tel Aviv to perform Agni at the Dellal Hall on 23-24 July.

Agni was commissioned by the Suzanne Dellal Center and premièred on 22 December 2016 in Mumbai, India. The audience that night gave the piece a standing ovation, and it has since been performed in many cities around the world.

In Hindi, the word means fire, a symbol of destruction and purification, beginnings and endings. It gives light yet destroys to the point of darkness. As passions arise, personal and political walls are destroyed and new ones are built. In this contemporary Indian dance-theatre piece, the dancers explore the concept of Agni, the body and death in its various manifestations. Agni is a journey of fire that must be experienced more than seen; felt more than understood.

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Top Israeli singer-songwriter NOA performs in Hong Kong as part of her Asian tour E-mail

To celebrate the 70th Anniversary of Israel’s Independence Day, a special concert was presented in Hong Kong on 22 April at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Studio Theatre.

Multi-talented Israeli singer, songwriter and percussionist Achinoam Nini, commonly known as NOA, performed a collection of her songs in English, Hebrew, Yemenite and Mandarin. She was accompanied by well renowned guitarist Gil Dor her long time partner and collaborator.

The event was presented by the Consulate General of Israel in Hong Kong with support from LKF X Cite and the Leisure and Cultural Services Department. In special attendance for the two-hour concert was Carrie Lam Chief Executive of the HKSAR Government.

NOA totally wooed the audiences with her angelic voice and percussion talent. Performing a fusion of Yemenite, Hebrew, opera and blues, Noa explained her songwriting in interludes before each section of the concert. Her improvisation and adaptations of works, ranging from pieces by classical composers such as Bach to modern-day songs, were truly remarkable. Her powerful voice and her percussion improvisation on the conga drums kept the audience captivated. One of the highlights was when she sang The Moon Represents My Heart, a classic Chinese love song, in Mandarin and in Hebrew her own lyrics translation probably the first Hebrew version.

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