22 September 2019 - 22 Elul 5779 - כ"ב אלול ה' אלפים תשע"ט
Arts & Culture
Beare’s Premiere Music Festival E-mail

From 16 to 24 January, Premiere Performances will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of its annual chamber music festival, formerly the Hong Kong International Chamber Music Festival and now renamed The Beare’s Premiere Music Festival.

The name change honours the event’s new long-term title sponsor, J & A Beare (Beare’s), recognised by the world’s top classical musicians as the preeminent expert in the field of fine antique stringed instruments and bows since its founding in London in 1892.

Returning as Artistic Director for the eighth year is ChoLiang Lin. An alumnus of the storied Juilliard School, Lin has performed with major orchestras all over the world since his debut concert in 1980. His albums have won Gramophone Record of the Year, Grammy nominations and Penguin Guide Rosettes. He is currently a faculty member of the Juilliard School and a professor at Rice University, and retired recently after 18 years as the music director of the La Jolla SummerFest.

The 2019 Festival will host 22 internationally acclaimed musicians in concerts, a gala fundraising dinner and a wide range of outreach and education events.

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Camaraderie: A photography exhibition about the B’nei Menashe E-mail

A new exhibition organised by Shavei Israel in November is currently on show at the AACI centre in Jerusalem. Entitled Camaraderie, it presents the works of participants in Yehoshua Halevi’s 2018 Master Photographer Year Course, among them Laura Ben-David, Shavei’s director of marketing and new media.

Laura’s photos were devoted to the journey of the B’nei Menashe from northeast India to Israel, and reflected three main chapters in their story: reminiscence of India, aliyah to Israel and their new life in the Jewish state.

The B’ nei Menashe are believed to be descended from the biblical tribe of Manasseh, one of the Ten Lost Tribes exiled from the Land of Israel more than 2,700 years ago.

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Israel partners with International Film Festival of India E-mail

Israel was selected as a participating partner in the 49th edition of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI), held in November in Goa. For the first time in the history of the festival, Israel was the “Country of Focus”.

A delegation of leading Israeli cinema personalities, including popular actor Alon Aboutboul, attended the festival. Ten Israeli movies were screened during the festival, and the opening film for IFFI’s Country Focus Section was The Other Story by Avi Nesher.

Other well-known Academy-nominated films on the programme were Footnote, Waltz with Bashir and The Bubble. Newer films showcased were Unorthodox, Red Cow, Working Woman, Longing, Redemption and Shalom Bollywood: The Untold Story of Indian Cinema.

The filmmaking industry in Israel has undergone major developments since its inception in the 1950s. In the past few years, Israeli films have won prestigious awards, and have been nominated in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the Academy Awards. Israeli filmmakers produce films on themes that appeal to the global market, and Israel, known by many as “the startup nation”, is home to cutting-edge technologies in animation and film production.

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