18 February 2020 - 23 Shevat 5780 - כ"ג שבט ה' אלפים תש"פ
Arts & Culture
Israel booth at the Hong Kong International Book Fair 2019 E-mail

An Israel booth was organized at this year’s Hong Kong International Book Fair offering a selection of books from Israel and a wide range of thematic events and presentations.

The seven-day Hong Kong Book Fair held in July is one of the most popular annual events in the city, held during the summer holidays.

It is aimed at not only students but the wider general public, offering the chance to browse new books and take advantage of many promotions. It attracts close to one million visitors.

As the host of the Israeli booth, the Consulate General of Israel in Hong Kong organised a wide range of events and seminars both on the event stage and inside the Israeli booth itself.

On the Sunday before the fair, Ahuva Spieler, Consul General of Israel to Hong Kong and local Hong Konger, Ellen Ng, read two new Israeli children illustration books: The Little Spacecraft and Grandpa’s Back Blocks Everything.

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HKHTC presents a lecture at the Book Fair E-mail

The Consulate of Israel in Hong Kong & Macau also arranged a lecture on Holocaust education in cooperation with the Hong Kong Holocaust and Tolerance Centre (HKHTC).

Continuing efforts to reach out to the local community in Hong Kong, the HKHTC presented a public lecture titled: Who Will Write our History?: Rediscovering a Hidden Archive from the Warsaw Ghetto at the Fair.

The talk attracted a diverse, standing-room-only crowd, emphasising the value and importance of HKHTC’s core message of tolerance and unity. The lecture was presented by HKHTC’s Executive Director, Simon K. Li, in Cantonese, enabling the Centre to connect with hundreds of local Hong Kong community members- including many who, through this event, were learning about the Holocaust for the first time.

The lecture focused on Samuel Kassow’s book, Who Will Write our History? which documents a secret archive created by historian Emanuel Ringelblum. During his internment in the Warsaw Ghetto, Ringelblum established a scholarly organization to record the experiences of the ghetto’s inhabitants.

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Israeli break-dancers and South Korean ‘poppers’ team up for dance performance E-mail

As reported by i24news, Israeli and Korean dancers teamed up to stage a collaborative performance in the Israeli city of Herzliya in July after two months of rehearsal.

Israeli collective The Urban Project, the winners of Breakdance Battle of Israel in 2015, performed alongside another group for the first time.

“We took our dance and we put the Korean style in it,” said Nir Aderet, a member of Urban Project, told i24news.

The idea came to action after South Korea’s Ambassador to Israel, Yong Hwan Choi, invited Korean dance squad Animation Crew to perform in Israel.

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