19 December 2018 - 11 Tevet 5779 - י"א טבת ה' אלפים תשע"ט
Arts & Culture
Aki-No Festival brings Japanese cinema to Israel E-mail

The Aki-No Festival for Japanese Cinema has returned for a third year, and is running until 3 November at cinematheques in Holon, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Haifa, Sderot and Herzliya.

It features the best of contemporary Japanese cinema, which is currently in the midst of a renaissance, as Japanese films from every genre generate buzz and win awards at international festivals. This year’s event features nine films, some of which have been shown at the Cannes, Venice and Toronto film festivals.

The festival’s director is Alon Rosenblum, the director of the Holon Cinematheque, and the artistic director and curator is Roni Mahadav-Levin, manager of the Jerusalem Cinematheque. The festival is supported by the Embassy of Japan in Israel and the Japan Foundation.

The opening-night film on 22 October was Eric Khoo’s Ramen Shop, which tells the story of a young ramen chef who leaves Japan to explore his family’s history and the culinary delights of Singapore. When he meets his estranged grandmother, she tells him some stories and memories from the Japanese occupation of Singapore.

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6th International Rondalla Festival celebrates plucked-string instruments E-mail

More than 300 pluckedstring musicians from a host of countries, including Israel, are gathering in Silay City in the province of Negros Occidental, the Philippines, for the 6th annual International Rondalla Festival, which runs from 3 to 11 November.

The nine-day plucked-string festival, dubbed “Cuerdas Sang Paghili-usa” (Strings of Unity), is a collaborative undertaking of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts through the National Music Competitions for Young Artists Foundation and the Musicological Society of the Philippines. It has been held every three years since 2004, and is hosted by major cities in the Philippines and Taiwan.

Participating in the festival this year are musicians from Israel, China, India, Iran, Japan, Mexico, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, Uganda, Vietnam, France and the Philippines.

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New Zealand activists fined over cancelled Lorde concert E-mail

An Israeli court last month ordered two New Zealand women to pay over US$12,000 in damages for allegedly helping to persuade the pop singer Lorde to cancel a performance in Tel Aviv in June this year.

The suit was filed under a law that allows civil suits against anyone who calls for a boycott against Israel. The ruling is believed to be the first time the 2011 law has been applied, The Associated Press reported. The two New Zealanders, Justine Sachs and Nadia Abu-Shanab, had appealed to the singer in an open letter to “join the artistic boycott of Israel” and cancel her performance. Lorde acknowledged the letter and cancelled her show last December.

Three teenage ticketholders in Israel filed the suit, claiming the cancellation had caused emotional distress. Their lawyer, Nitsana Darshan-Leitner of the Shurat HaDin advocacy group, said the decision sends a message that “no one can boycott Israel without paying for it”.

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