20 November 2019 - 23 Heshvan 5780 - כ"ג חשון ה' אלפים תש"פ
Arts & Culture
Israel proposes India as focus country at Jerusalem Film Festival in 2020 E-mail

Israel has proposed India to be the focus country at Jerusalem Film Festival next year during a meeting between the delegations of the two countries at the Cannes International Film Festival in May.

Indian film Newton, starring Rajkummar Rao, has recently created a buzz in Israel, the Israeli delegation said. Premiered in 2017, the film is a black comedy drama about a government clerk that tries to run a free and fair election in a conflict area in central India.

The Indian delegation at Cannes was led by Information and Broadcasting Secretary Amit Khare, while Eti Cohen (Director of the Film Department and Council at the Ministry of Culture and Sports) led the delegation for Israel.

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New Israel tourism director appointed to oversee ties with India and the Philippines Print E-mail

The Israel Ministry of Tourism has appointed Sammy Yahia as Director of Tourism for India and Philippines, effective 3 June.

Prior to his appointment to India, he was the Director of Marketing & Communications for Israel Ministry of Tourism from 2012 to May 2019.

On his appointment, Yahia commented on the growth market of India being one of the most significant tourist sectors under development in the country.

Visitor arrivals from India have grown from 35,000 tourists in 2014 to almost 71,000 tourists in 2018. Israel hopes to surpass its achievements of last year, which works out as a 21% increase in Indian tourist arrivals. This has expedited India’s ascent to becoming the 12th top source market for Israel.

(Issue Jul/Aug 2019)

The Art of the Brick Lego Exhibition comes to Israel E-mail

The Art of the Brick, an international Lego Exhibition, is currently being showcased until 1 September at the Holon Toto Arena, Jerusalem.

Around 100 sculptures, works of art comprised of over 1.5 million Lego bricks in total, are being showcased alongside oversized portraitsalso created using the bricks.

The exhibition, rated by CNN as one of the world’s “Must See Exhibitions”, is the first art exhibition to focus exclusively on the use of Lego bricks as an art medium.

New York-based artist Nathan Sawaya has taken it to new heights. This award-winning artist has multiple unique exhibitions created solely from standard Lego bricks, often with several new structures crafted specifically for each exhibition.

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