23 November 2019 - 25 Heshvan 5780 - כ"ה חשון ה' אלפים תש"פ
Arts & Culture
Yehuda Amichai’s poems translated into Myanmar language E-mail

A ceremony was held in Yangon, Myanmar, on 19 March to launch the translation of poems by well-known Israeli poet Yehuda Amichai into the Myanmar language by Myanmar poet Myo Tay Zar Maung. The event was co-ordinated by Israel’s Embassy in Myanmar.

Amichai is one of the leading contemporary Hebrew poets. His contribution extends beyond his own literary achievements to an influence that has helped create a modern Israeli poetry.

The launch ceremony was attended by Israel’s Ambassador to Myanmar Ronen Gilor, cultural attaché Sharon Gilor and the translator/poet Myo Tay Zar Maung, together with guests from Myanmar Poets Society. Amichai’s poems, such as Half of the People of the World, The School where I Studied and Jerusalem, were also read and recited in Hebrew and the Myanmar language at the ceremony.

Amichai was born in Germany to a religiously observant family and emigrated to Israel in 1935, living briefly in Petach Tikvah before settling in Jerusalem. He attended Hebrew University, studying Biblical texts and Hebrew literature, and then taught in secondary schools. His first volume of poetry, Achshav Uve-Yamim HaAharim (“Now and in Other Days”), was published in 1955 and aroused serious interest in readers and critics alike. This and subsequent volumes of poetry revealed that Amichai was engaged in a distinctly modern literary enterprise, in both content and language.

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Ceramic art in the Philippines E-mail

A collaboration between two unique artists, one from Israel and the other from the Philippines, was showcased at the University of the Philippines Diliman, College of Fine Arts in March.

Entitled Common Ground, it featured the medium of clay to bind relationships and establish cultural ties between Israel and the Philippines. The exhibition was organised by Israel’s Embassy in the Philippines.

This unique partnership brought Israeli ceramic and interdisciplinary artist Roy Maayan to the Philippines. He shared his culture through his craft, and took the opportunity to learn more about the culture and tradition of the Philippines as well. Maayan took with him for his lecture-demonstration a mould of the popular Israeli symbol the matka (a racquet used in the country’s national beach sport matkot), which was used as a base for combining Israeli and Philippine popular symbols, objects or texts.

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Israel Festival 2019 – exploring boundaries of artistic creation E-mail

Founded in 1961, the Israel Festival presents outstanding international theatre performances, contemporary dance and classical music, along with original Israeli works and open-to-the-public street performances.

Attended by well over 35,000 people, the Festival is one of Jerusalem’s most important and beloved cultural assets. This year’s presentations will take place from 30 May to 15 June. The artistic programme for 2019 reflects on current issues and expressions of identity, while exploring the boundaries of artistic creation and the separation of “artist” and “viewer”, “self” and “the other”.

Performances will be held at the Jerusalem Theater, the Tower of David, the Museum for Islamic Art, a City Hall rooftop, the Eden Tamir Music Center in Ein Kerem and Zik Studio in Beit Nekofa, creating an inclusive, unique and inspiring artistic landscape for both performers and audiences.

This year’s international programme includes works by Jefta Van Dinther, Deborah Hay, Philippe Quesne, Steven Cohen, Martin Zimmermann, Robyn Orlin, Marcelo Evelin, the Cullbergbaletten, and the Song of Goat theatre group.

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