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Arts & Culture
Oslo named Best New Play at the Tony Awards E-mail

Oslo, J.T. Rogers’ play about the 1993 Oslo Accords, was named Best New Play at the Tony Awards.

The awards, Broadway’s highest honours, were presented in New York on 11 June.

The play, in which Israeli and Palestinian negotiators struggle to hammer out a peace deal, received rave reviews for turning a complicated history into a fast, entertaining three hours.

The play also garnered an award for Michael Aronov, who received the award for Best Featured Actor in a Play.

The musical Dear Evan Hansen, about a boy who gets caught up in a lie after the death of a classmate, was awarded Best New Musical. Its star, Jewish actor Ben Platt, received the award for Best Musical Actor. The show also was awarded Best Featured Actress for Rachel Bay Jones, Best Book, Best Orchestrations and Best Original Score for Benji Pasek, who is Jewish, and Justin Paul, who won an Oscar this year for La La Land.

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JerusaLENS – The Jubilee Exhibition photography challenge E-mail

The “JerusaLENS International Photography Exhibition” opened at the Ammunition Hill Conference Center in Jerusalem in June. The top 100 photographs from the JerusaLENS international photography competition are being exhibited until 6 August. Entrance to the exhibition is free.

The spectacular photos were submitted to “JerusaLENS, the Jerusalem Photography Challenge”, which took place on the international photography competition website GuruShots. The Challenge honours the jubilee year of the Six Day War at Ammunition Hill, where some of the most bitter battles for the liberation of Jerusalem were fought exactly 50 years ago. It has become the largest collection of photographs of Jerusalem on the web.

The Challenge was initiated by Ammunition Hill with the support of the Jewish National Fund (JNF), JNF-USA, the Jerusalem Affairs and Heritage Ministry, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Tourism. Photographers from all over the world were invited to upload photographs of Jerusalem, from any time and on any subject.

Some 14,500 photographs from 84 countries were uploaded within one-and-a-half months, and received 2.4 million votes, a record number for World Cities challenges on the GuruShots site, more photos and votes than Paris, New York and London.

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Author David Grossman wins Man Booker International Prize E-mail

Israeli author David Grossman won the Man Booker International Prize for his novel A Horse Walks Into a Bar. The award was announced on 14 June in London.

Grossman beat out five other finalists, including fellow Israeli author Amos Oz, for the counterpart to Britain’s prestigious Booker Prize.

Grossman’s novel is about a failing standup comic and his final performance. Set in a small Israeli town, the novel is focused entirely on the act of comedian Dovaleh Greenstein. He takes to the stage to needle his audience with vulgar and aggressive jokes, but his repellent performance begins to crumble as he reveals a fateful and gruesome decision he once made that has haunted him ever since.

The award prize of U$64,000 was split evenly between Grossman and his translator, Jessica Cohen.

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