29 February 2020 - 4 Adar 5780 - ד' אדר ה' אלפים תש"פ
Arts & Culture
The International Writers Festival E-mail

The 7th International Writers Festival will take place this month in Jerusalem from 12 to 16 May. It will feature young and fresh voices from all around the world, telling stories about immigration, being a refugee, and wandering, as well as about love and compassion, relationships and break-ups in the #metoo era.

During the five days of the festival, Mishkenot Sha’ananim will host a variety of unique and original cultural activities created especially for the event. These include, among others, literary meetings, workshops, tours, movie screenings, and musical and singing performances for the general public.

The international writers, most of whom are visiting Israel for the first time, will include Joyce Carol Oates (US), winner of the 2019 Jerusalem Prize for Literature.

Moti Schwarz, the Director of Mishkenot Sha’ananim, said: “I am pleased that the International Writers Festival, which is the only literature festival of its type to be held in Israel and which has taken place at Mishkenot Sha’ananim since 2008, will now become an annual event. This is a great challenge that we are happy and excited to take on. ”

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China-Israel Spring Festival Celebration E-mail

A Spring Festival gala was held in March for Chinese and Israeli youths at Kalay High School in the city of Givatayim, Israel.

The celebration was organised by the Kalay High School, the Chinese Students and Scholars Association Israel, the Confucius Institute at the Tel Aviv University and the Confucius Institute at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The Chinese Embassy in Israel sponsored the event.

The gala event was held in the school’s gym, which was decorated with red Chinese knots, lanterns, folding fans and colourful balloons.

The Chinese traditional song Jasmine, performed in Chinese by a young female singer and a band of Kalay High School students, kicked off the festival. Students from the school also staged a dance performance to the cheerful background song Little Apple.

Chinese students presented some traditional music with Chinese instruments, and some opera singing. The event also included a Tai Chi performance from the Confucius Institute of Tel Aviv University and a Kungfu performance by the national martial arts team of Israel.

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Zorba The Buddha Festival 2019 E-mail

Israel’s largest hippy festival, The Zorba Festival, happens twice a year, in Spring and during the Festival of Sukkot, at the Desert Ashram in the Negev. This year’s Spring event will fall during Pesach Chol Hamoed from 23 to 27 April.

Founded in 2003, the fiveday festival is a sensual meeting between spirituality, dance, meditation and music. It’s where all the edges meet – the great celebration of life, dancing, movement, music, deep yoga, the spirit of meditation and the silence of the desert. The programme includes workshops and meditations with top instructors and gurus from Israel and abroad.

“Zorba the Buddha” teaches people that life is a journey that can combine the best of all worlds: the fiesta with the meditation, the dance with the quiet, the riches of the festival with the simplicity of the desert.

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