24 June 2017 - 1 Tammuz 5777 - א' תמוז ה' אלפים תשע"ז
Arts & Culture
Israel Film Festival in Vietnam E-mail

The recent Israel Film Festival 2017 in Vietnam, organised by Israel’s Embassy in Vietnam, brought new and previously unheard aspects of Israeli culture to Vietnamese viewers.

The event enabled Israel to enhance its 20-year links with Vietnam by providing an insight into Israel’s rich cultural heritage through an assorted selection of films. The screenings took place in Hanoi from 23 to 27 February and in Ho Chi Minh from 2 to 6 March.

Five films were screened:

Magic Men. A 78-year-old man and his religious Chasidic rapper son go on a magical journey to Greece, searching for an old magician who saved the father’s life. The journey leads them to absurd encounters, and brings them to a nal test of father and son.

Zero Motivation. Three consecutive stories recount events in an administration office at a remote army base in the Israeli desert. The stories compose a military epic of power struggles, intrigues and a friendship on trial, with a focus on the female clerical staff.

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3rd Jerusalem International Opera Masterclass E-mail

The 3rd Jerusalem International Opera Masterclass, held in conjunction with the Jerusalem International Opera Festival, will take place throughout the spring and summer months, combining tradition and innovation.

In total, there will be 16 events from April to September 2017, in the best venues throughout Jerusalem. The programme includes a fully staged operatic production of Puccini’s La Bohème, a staged operatic production of Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte, the world première of the opera The Argonauts of Willy Merz, the International Competition, piano concerts, a series of master classes and an Opera-Gala concert.

Some participants will have the opportunity to sing a full role in the performances of La Bohème, Cosi fan tutte or The Argonauts of Willy Merz, while others will take part in the Opera-Gala concert.

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Jerusalem International Marathon E-mail

A strong number of tourists from around the world have signed up to participate in the 7th annual Jerusalem International Marathon to be held on 17 March.

Organisers expect a record number of runners from around the world to participate. They will arrive in Israel from over 40 countries, in addition to the thousands of Israelis already signed up to take part. The event will include a Full Marathon, a Half Marathon, a 10km run and a number of shorter family and fun runs.

The marathon is an important event for tourism to the city, with more than an estimated 10,000 extra hotel nights booked around the event. In 2016, nearly 30,000 people participated in the marathon, with 2,600 runners from 65 countries. The marathon began in 2011 with just 10,000 participants.

The men’s record for the full marathon was set in 2014 and is held by Ronald Kimeli Kurgat of Kenya (2:16:09), and the women’s record was set in 2016 and is held by Joan Jepchirchir Kigen of Kenya (2:38:30).

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