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Arts & Culture
Israeli musical artists perform in Myanmar E-mail

Top Israeli musical artists Dganit Daddo and Yuval Kedar performed in Yangon as part of a three-day cultural event held in Myanmar in January.

Their first engagement was a music concert at the Israeli ambassador’s residence on 23 January during a book-launch event for the Myanmar translation of A Brief History of Human Kind by Yuval Noah Harari, translated by U Hane Latt.

The duo also performed in a programme at the Arts Hall of Yangon University on 24 January to honour the UN International Holocaust Remembrance Day. The following day, they performed a concert for teach ers and students at the National University of Arts and Culture Yangon. Nir Balzam, deputy head of mission of the Embassy of Israel, also gave a brief presentation on Israel and Israeli culture.

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Paul McCartney to receive Israel’s prestigious Wolf Prize E-mail

Ex-Beatles singer and songwriter Paul McCartney is one of two recipients of the 2018 Wolf Prize in Music, Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin announced in February.

Each year the Wolf Foundation awards US$100,000 prizes in five fields. More than 30 winners have gone on to receive the Nobel Prize.

The announcement called McCartney “one of the greatest songwriters of all time. His versatility underlies an extraordinary wingspan, from the most physical rock to melodies of haunting and heartbreaking intimacy. His lyrics have an equally broad range, from the naïve and the charming to the poignant and even desperate. He has touched the hearts of the entire world, both as a Beatle and in his subsequent bands, including Wings.”

McCartney shares the prize with conductor Adam Fischer, whom the prize committee called “an eloquent defender of human rights”, particularly for “his protest against the political developments in his native Hungary”.

Seven other prizes were announced in the fields of mathematics, chemistry, physics and agriculture.

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Bruno Art Group exhibits at India Art Fair E-mail

Israel-based Bruno Art Group (BAG) participated for the fourth time at the India Art Fair, held from 9 to 12 February at the NSIC Exhibition Grounds, New Delhi.

Under the exhibit Day and Night, they organised three exhibitions:

Kinetic Art – artworks by the master of Israeli art Yaacov Agam, and artworks by the outstanding Israeli artist Roy Yariv. Agam created Kinetic Art, which he founded in 1955 and which includes the fourth dimension in the work of art. Yariv is best known for his multi-disciplinarian work. BAG showcased two of his colourful wall sculptures.

Colors of the World – optimistic, colourful, breathtaking art from Israel and renowned artists all over the world. The exhibition was meant to bring happiness and joy to the viewers. The artists profiled were Dganit Blechner, Uri Dushy, Charles Fazzino, David Gerstein, Yuval Mahler, Arnaud Nazare Aga and Calman Shemi.

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