23 November 2019 - 25 Heshvan 5780 - כ"ה חשון ה' אלפים תש"פ
Arts & Culture
Red Sea Jazz Festival bringing top musicians to Israel E-mail

The Red Sea Jazz Festival returned for another year from 14 to 16 February. This cultural event brings together the jazz and music community in Israel, filling the port city of Eilat with rhythm and blues.

The three-day festival includes local and international performing artists, jam sessions, workshops and classes. Around 10 concerts are held per evening.

This year’s lineup included legendary Cuban jazz pianist Harold López–Nussa, whose repertoire of musical genres includes rock jazz and Latin jazz, and the “Non Standard Project” band with IsraeliEthiopian singer Ester Rada, whose musical vocals encompass R&B, soul and Ethio Jazz.

Other performers included Daniel Zamir and Nitzan Bar, Israeli cellist and singer Maya Belsitzman and drummer Matan Ephrat performing classic jazz songs, and indie band Acollective.

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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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