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Arts & Culture
Chinese artist Ai Weiwei debuts exhibition in Israel E-mail

For the first time, an exhibition by renowned Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei is on view at the Israel Museum. It will run through to 28 October.

Ai Weiwei is considered one of the most prominent cultural figures of the 21st century. Known for his monumental works combining large-scale installations with traditional Chinese handicrafts, he addresses contemporary issues including human rights, freedom of expression, the refugee crisis, the treatment of immigrants and government censorship.

Spread across a number of the Museum’s galleries, the “Ai Weiwei: Maybe, Maybe Not” exhibition debuts new works and displays a series of installations that examine the relationship between individuals and their vast social culture.

Ai Weiwei’s new monumentally scaled Iron Tree – towering over 8 metres tall and weighing 14 tons – greets visitors as they enter along the Museum’s promenade.

Inside, iconic installations, including Trees, Soft Ground and Sunflower Seeds, are presented together with complementary works by the artist. He is renowned for making strong aesthetic statements that also resonate with timely phenomena across today’s geopolitical world.

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Akko Opera Festival E-mail

The Akko Opera Festival will take place for the fourth consecutive year in the Old City’s Crusader Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage site, over the weekend of 3-5 August. Akko (also known as Acre) is a 4,500-year-old city on Israel’s Mediterranean coast.

Tourists and visitors attending the festival can enjoy an exceptional cultural experience, thanks to the unique combination of enchanting music, productions created especially for the festival, and the spectacular setting of the Crusader Fortress.

The programme will include a new production of Giulio Cesare in Egitto by Georg Frederic Handel, directed by Tomer Zvulun; Made in Israel, a tribute concert to the late Israeli singer and songwriter Arik Einstein, with operatic renditions by soloists from the Israeli Opera and guest artist Miki Gabrielov; and the Magic Flute, an opera for all the family, sung in Hebrew.

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Israeli cookbook published in Taiwan E-mail

A Chinese-language version of the book Jerusalem was recently released in Taiwan, making it the first cookbook on Israeli dishes to be published there. The book promotes the culture of Israel through its diverse food and the history behind the dishes.

The cookbook, written by Israeli chefs Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi, includes 120 recipes that explore the rich flavours of Jerusalem.

Emily Ching-Chun Chuang, editor-in-chief of Emily Publishing Co., said at the book launch in April that she was impressed by Israeli cuisine when she visited the country in 2013, and missed the food.

“Israel has delicious food, such as hummus and pita bread, but these are not well known to many Taiwanese people,” she said, adding that the Chinese version of the cookbook is intended to introduce the food and culture of Israel to the Taiwanese people.

Asher Yarden, Israel’s representative to Taiwan, also attended the event to support the book. Speaking at the launch, he said he hoped it would help promote Israeli culture in Taiwan. He said that bilateral ties are good but that there is a need to improve mutual understanding.

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