26 September 2018 - 17 Tishri 5779 - י"ז תשרי ה' אלפים תשע"ט
Arts & Culture
Israeli films showcased in Vietnam E-mail

Israel’s Embassy in Vietnam presented the Israel Film Festival 2018 in Hanoi from 1 to 4 June, with various films touching on a number of topics, ranging from daily life to monumental dramas, and from documentaries to kids’ films.

“Through the films, Vietnamese audiences will have a chance to contemplate the beautiful landscapes of Israel, as well as learn more about the culture, traditions and identities of the Israeli people,” said Nadav Eshcar, Israel’s Ambassador to Vietnam.

The opening film on 1 June was Wedding Doll, which tells the story of Hagit, a young woman with a mild mental deficiency who works in a toiletpaper factory and lives with her mother Sarah, a divorcee who gave up her life for her daughter. Other films on the programme were Abulele, about a boy living in Jerusalem. He befriends an ancient local monster called Abulele. By helping his new friend get back home, he reconnects with his parents.

A Quiet Heart features Naomi, a young secular woman who seeks refuge from the pressure of her life in Tel Aviv as a concert pianist. Presenting Princess Shaw is a documentary on the collaborative relationship between New Orleansbased songwriter and YouTube star Samantha Montgomery and composer and video artist Ophir Kutiel.

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Akko Opera Festival 2018 E-mail

The highly anticipated Akko Opera Festival in the city of Akko, Israel, will take place for the fifth consecutive year in the Old City’s Crusader Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage site, from 2 to 4 August.

The unique backdrop creates a spectacular setting for the festival’s three performances. 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.

This year’s programme includes a new production for the festival, Orfeo ed Euridice by Christoph Wilibald Gluck. The mythical poet Orfeo arrives at the Crusaders’ Court in Akko on his journey towards Hell. What about the Deer?, directed by Shirit Lee Weiss, is a musical fantasy based on popular Israeli children’s songs. A journey back in time towards our childhood dreams and the fantasies about the crying soap, the child who never came and the animals of our imagination: the zebra, the deer and the choir of chirping birds. Childhood delights come alive on stage with a little bit of opera magic. The final performance is White Box by Roni Brendshteter. Where did we come from and where are we going? What do we remember and what have we forgotten? This new work deals with memories and the body that occupies them. A highly interactive performance for the entire family.

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Yoga enthusiasts celebrate International Yoga Day E-mail

As part of a global movement, the 4th International Day of Yoga took place in Tel Aviv on 21 June. Israel’s yoga community and all yoga enthusiasts were invited to participate in the yoga festival at Tel Aviv port.

On the longest day of the year, yogis from all over the world come together in city centres and celebrate yoga at the same time. The programme typically attracts thousands of participants, who join in several parallel yoga sessions.

This year’s free programme in Tel Aviv started at 6.15pm with classical Indian music, meditation classes and yoga practices led by two renowned teachers, Viyay Amar from India and Carrie Owerko from the US. At 8pm there was an official ceremony attended by the Ambassador of India in Israel, together with a performance of Indian dance and songs. The evening’s activities finished at around midnight.

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