22 September 2019 - 22 Elul 5779 - כ"ב אלול ה' אלפים תשע"ט
Arts & Culture
Large turnout for Tel Aviv marathon E-mail

Around 40,000 participants from all over the world took part in this year’s Tel Aviv Samsung Marathon, held on 22 February. The annual event has been going since 1981 and is now the country’s biggest sporting event, with participants from Israel, Europe, the US, Africa and many other places.

The series of races in this year’s event included a full marathon (42.2km), a half marathon (21.1km), 10km and 5km runs, and a 42km hand-cycle race for people with special needs. The event gives runners a unique perspective over the city, with the course starting from the Tel Aviv Convention Center, continuing to the boardwalk and along the Mediterranean shore and continues through the ancient port city of Jaffa.

The winner of this year’s full 42km marathon was Samuel Getachew Demie from Ethiopia, with a time of 2:14:30. The current record was set in 2015 by William Kiprono Yagon from Kenya, with a time of 2:10:30.

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Israeli film Synonyms wins top award at Berlin Film Festival E-mail

A film by an Israeli director won the top prize at the 69th Berlin International Film Festival. Nadav Lapid’s Synonyms was awarded the Golden Bear Award.

The film festival is considered one of the big three, alongside the Venice Film Festival and the Cannes Film Festival.

The festival took place from 7 to 17 February. The jury of six luminaries from world cinema, headed by French actress Juliette Binoche, watched 17 films in 10 days before deciding on the winners of the coveted Golden and Silver Bear awards.

Synonyms, about identity, is the semi-autobiographical story of a young Israeli man who moves to Paris and tries to become thoroughly French. The film competed against 15 other entries for the top award. Lapid also directed the 2014 drama The Kindergarten Teacher, which was recently remade in English in the US.

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Chinese Cultural Center showcases heritage, art and achievements E-mail

A three-day event in January at the Chinese Cultural Center in Tel Aviv featured a series of Sino-Israeli cultural and trade-promotion activities.

The event included a SinoIsraeli cultural-innovation roadshow, a cultural-and creativeproduct exhibition titled China Style, a photography exhibition titled This Moment in Pudong, an exhibition titled “Jewish Refugees and Shanghai” and a Yue Opera class.

Also on show were China’s national intangible cultural heritage, pottery, silk, embroidery and tea ceremonies. China Style showcased the development of the country’s cultural and creative industries in high-tech sectors, innovation capacity and market prospects. Shao Peiran, a 12-year-old boy, displayed his oil painting, A Dream Within a Dream, which portrays the goodness in a child’s eyes.

This Moment in Pudong, which commemorated the 40th anniversary of China’s reform and opening up, presented 30 pictures that demonstrate achievements in Shanghai. It featured business, culture, society and life in the city’s Pudong New Area and the Shanghai Pilot Free Trade Zone.

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