24 June 2017 - 1 Tammuz 5777 - א' תמוז ה' אלפים תשע"ז
Arts & Culture
19th Docaviv International Film Festival E-mail

The 19th Docaviv International Film Festival will take place from 11 to 20 May in Tel Aviv. Docaviv, the Tel Aviv International Documentary Film Festival, is the largest film festival in the city, and the only festival in Israel dedicated entirely to documentary films.

Close to 55,000 people are expected to enjoy 110 movies and take part in cinematic happenings at Tel Aviv Port, at Jaffa Port, on select city rooftops, in public gardens, at Habima Square and at other locations. Many of the events are free.

The festival is considered one of the leading documentary film festivals worldwide. Each year, the festival screens over 100 new documentary movies from Israel and around the world, and its programme includes four competitive frameworks: The Israeli Competition, the International Competition, the Depth of Field Competition and the Student Competition.

The festival also features a special tribute programme dedicated to the work of esteemed filmmakers, as well as special programmes dedicated to the themes of music, art, society and others. One of these programmes focuses on alternative documentary cinema and works that make use of new technology – including Virtual Reality – in order to tell stories in new and challenging ways and to shed light on those hidden corners of reality that the cinematic medium cannot always reach.

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Top artists to perform in Israel this summer E-mail

The hot summer concert lineup in Israel just got hotter, with the recent announcements that Britney Spears, Pet Shop Boys and Tom Jones will each give concerts.

Britney Spears will visit Israel for the first time this summer as she performs in Tel Aviv’s HaYarkon Park on 3 July. Within the first day of the tickets being sold, more than 15,000 tickets were purchased. A multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning pop icon, Spears has sold close to 150 million records worldwide.

Tom Jones is scheduled to perform at Tel Aviv’s Menorah Arena on 28 June. This will be his third visit to Israel – the last time he performed there was in 2013.

The singer, who is now 76 years old, has sold over 100 million records over the past 50 years and is known for his hits It’s Not Unusual, What’s New Pussycat and Delilah. In the 1990s he gained a new fan base when he released Reload, an album of cover duets with artists such as Robbie Williams and Stereophonics.

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Open House Tel Aviv-architecture showcased E-mail

Open House Tel Aviv, an urban festival of architecture, will be held from 18 to 20 May, for the eleventh consecutive year, showcasing the architecture of Tel Aviv. The festival is part of the “Open House World Wide Organization”, which invites residents to get to know the most interesting houses and buildings that compose the landscape of their city.

Over 150 tours will be available to the general public and all of them are free. This year, members of the public will have the rare opportunity to explore, among other sites, Beit Ariela, the largest and oldest public library in Israel, and to go behind the shelves and into the archives to explore the treasures of the library.

In addition, the architect Ganit Mayslits Kassif will talk about the renovations that are taking place at the library, which is in the midst of a multiphase refurbishment process, and will also talk about the planned changes in the building and their impact on the entire complex.

Architects Rami and Hila Lotan will lead a tour of Yad LeBanim on Pinchas Street, which now serves as a municipal cultural centre. Designed by their grandfather, the building is scheduled to undergo renovation and expansion works that are expected to start soon.

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