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Arts & Culture
“Open A Door To Israel” interactive exhibition in Singapore E-mail

A free exhibition titled “Open A Door To Israel” was held in December at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Singapore. The multi-sensory exhibition transported visitors to Israel through interactive doors that revealed videos about various aspects of Israeli life.

The 15-day exhibition was created by Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Strategic Affairs to celebrate the nation’s history, culture and innovation.

Instead of seeing a series of wordy information panels, visitors experienced slices of Israeli life through large LED screens that were hidden behind nine doors. The videos reflected on specific themes such as family, heritage, culture and education. For example, visitors were able to sit down to a Shabbat dinner with an Israeli family, play a game of matkot (a beach paddle-ball game popular in Israel), and join the merry-making at a traditional Chasidic wedding.

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Malaysian comedian judged world’s funniest person E-mail

Malaysian stand-up comedy king Harith Iskander, 50, was judged the world’s funniest person in a contest held in Helsinki, Finland, in December.

Harith, who was announced the champion of The Laugh Factory’s “Funniest Person in the World” 2016 competition, joked his way ahead of four other contenders: Alex Calleja from the Philippines, Katerina Vrana from Greece, Mino Van Nassau from India and David Kilimnick from Israel.

As the winner, Harith bagged US$100,000 and a comedy tour in the US, while runner-up Calleja took home US$10,000. Vrana in third place received US$5,000.

In a Facebook post, Harith, who is referred to as the Godfather of Malaysian stand-up comedy, said he was “so excited and thrilled” to win the competition.

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Eilat Chamber Music Festival hosts international artists E-mail

The Eilat Chamber Music Festival, one of the leading international festivals in Israel, took place from 1 to 4 February.

The event was hosted in Israel’s southern-most sea resort destination, Eilat, where attendees had the opportunity to enjoy many concerts, the beautiful water of the Red Sea, spectacular views of the hills that surround the resort, water sports, biking and hiking.

 Soloists from all over the world; the festival’s master class professors Amir Katz, Marianna Vasileva, Grigory Kalinovsky and Hillel Zori, and others joined together to present a fascinating chamber music programme. Trumpeter Jens Lindemann returned for a special jazz concert with leading musicians from Israel and abroad, and opera singers from the Vienna Tel Aviv Vocal Connection sang famous arias from popular classical and romantic operas.

Ian Bostridge, one of the world’s greatest tenors, joined Geneva Camerata, conducted by David Greilsammer, to present a programme featuring masterpieces from Baroque times to the present day.

Fifteen-year-old pianist Alexander Malofeev, who won the young Tchaikovsky Competition in his first performance in Israel, performed a complex and varied programme of exquisite pianistic discoveries.

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