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26 September 2018 - 17 Tishri 5779 - י"ז תשרי ה' אלפים תשע"ט
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Israel Festival in Jerusalem 2018 E-mail

The Israel Festival, an internationally renowned interdisciplinary festival held each year in Jerusalem, will take place from 23 May to 9 June. The festival was founded in 1961 and is celebrating its 57th anniversary this year.

Each year, the festival features high-quality productions in dance, music, drama and performance theatre from all over the world, as well as original Israeli productions and free outdoor performances for the general public.

This year’s Israel Festival, which marks the State of Israel’s 70th year of independence, will be hosting leading artists in dance, music, theatre, and performance art. At the same time, it will present, in a first-time collaboration with the Israeli Foreign Ministry, a large-scale showcase of original Israeli works that will be presented to dozens of leading international festival directors, and a wide variety of original Israeli works.

An opening event titled Hiphopland, a sizzling celebration of local hip-hop culture, will feature top Israeli hip-hop artists Echo, Jimbo J, Nechi Nech, System Ali, Peled, Cafe Shahor Hazak, Karolina, Shaanan Street & Guy Mar and others. Along with DJs, breakdancers and projection mapping artists, they will be inspired by the ultimate text that begs to be responded to as part of Israel’s 70th anniversary celebrations: Israel’s Declaration of Independence.

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The International Writers Festival E-mail

The International Writers Festival literary event takes place every two years in Jerusalem. It is the preeminent writers’ event in Israel, hosting many popular and upcoming Israeli writers and international writers with works translated into Hebrew.

This year’s event, taking place from 8 to 11 May, will focus on the theme of literary protests and the influence that they might have on Israeli society and on everyday discourse. It will include discussions, workshops, writing marathons, musical performances, theatrical readings and master classes.

One highlight in the programme is a discussion about The Rosie Project, a novel by Australian author Graeme Simsion that sold over 3.5 million copies around the world. The book focuses on Asperger’s Syndrome and deals with the process of coping with the disease on a personal, family and social level. Simsion will discuss the book with journalist Lihi Lapid, and together they’ll try to understand how we can make the world a better place for people on the autism spectrum.

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Residents in China submit designs to celebrate diplomatic relations with Israel E-mail

The Consulate General of Israel in Shanghai is running a competition to design a diplomatic gift, to celebrate the 26th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Israel, and the 70th anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel.

The competition is open to residents of Shanghai, Jiangsu, Anhui, Jiangxi and Zhejiang, or students who are studying in educational institutions in these municipalities and provinces.

Participants submitted their designs for either a necktie or a scarf with the required specifications. The theme of the competition was “Impressions of 70 years of Israeli innovation from a Chinese perspective”. The winners will be announced later this month, and will be rewarded with a free trip to Israel.

“So when celebrating the 70 years of Israel, we were thinking about how we could combine the spirit of Chinese people and the spirit of Jewish people so that we can get a sense of how Chinese people look at Israel. We decided to do something that will be nice and beautiful and represent something real. We will use it as an official diplomatic gift,” said Dr Eyal Propper, Consul General of Israel in Shanghai, during a press conference about the competition.

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