24 May 2017 - 28 Iyyar 5777 - כ"ח אייר ה' אלפים תשע"ז
Arts & Culture
Israel – the land of creation and creativity E-mail

Israel’s Embassy in the Philippines joined hands with Asia Tours in March in an event dedicated to Israel as the “land of creation and creativity” – an open invitation to all Filipinos to enjoy Israel’s diversity.

Four hundred guests packed the main hall of Makati ShangriLa for this unique celebration. Guests included Senator Cynthia Villar, Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry president George Barcelon, Israel Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines president Itamar Gero, Philippine Airlines president Jaime Bautista, Turkish Airlines country manager Erhan Balaban, Cathay Pacific country manager Robin Bradshaw, hundreds of travel agents, and special friends from the Filipino consular corps and business sector.

Among the special guests who made the evening unique were singer Gary Valenciano, X-Factor Israel 2014 winner Rose Fostanes, Nicole Laurel Asensio, Ryan Tamondong, and a Filipino dance group dancing Israeli folk dances.

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Bach in Jerusalem Festival 2017 E-mail

The Jerusalem Baroque Orchestra presented the 2nd Bach in Jerusalem Festival from 20 to 25 March.

A highlight of the programme was a performance of Bach’s Mass in B minor, with leading soloists from Israel and Germany, conducted by Andrew Parrott. The programme also included orchestral and chamber concerts, free outdoor concerts, family concerts, masterclasses, an international symposium, and an exhibition featuring the treasures of Bach House in Eisenach, Germany. There was also a bell concert from the YMCA Tower Bell, which the public enjoyed during the evenings.

Other notable events in the festival included cantatas by Bach, performed by soprano Einat Aronstein; the Ricercar Ensemble from Belgium; a family concert, Boom, Crash, Bach with clown Fyodor Makarov, and an international symposium about Bach.

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Israeli culture comes to India E-mail

As part of the celebrations to mark 25 years of the growing partnership between India and Israel, several cultural events took place around India recently.

The Dafi Dance Group of Israel performed in Calcutta on 27 March, in Delhi on 29 March and in Chandigarh on 31 March. The group currently comprises 14 freelance dancers, each performing in one or more of the five pieces in the group’s repertoire.

Alongside the performances, the group held workshops, master classes and repertoire classes for professional dancers, beginners and high-school students.

The group was founded by choreographer Dafi Altabeb, who is also an accomplished musician and dancer. Her pieces are performed in all major venues in Israel and are premièred in major festivals around the world. On 25 March, in collaboration with the first Habitat International Film Festival, the Embassy of Israel in India showcased the Israeli film An Israeli Love Story, by the celebrated director Dan Wolman, who was in attendance for the screening. The film was shown at the India Habitat Centre in Delhi. Following the screening, Wolman participated in a discussion with the audience.

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