26 February 2017 - 30 Shevat 5777 - ל' שבט ה' אלפים תשע"ז
Arts & Culture
Suzanne Dellal Centre highlights Chinese performers Print E-mail

The Suzanne Dellal Centre Tel Aviv was the venue for recent celebrations marking 25 years of diplomatic relations between the People’s Republic of China and Israel.

A packed audience of local and tourists enjoyed two spectacular performances. The events were presented jointly by the Suzanne Dellal Center, China’s Embassy and the Ministry of Culture of China. From 16 to 21 January, 20 monks from the famed Shaolin monastery in Henan Province, China, performed a show combining the art of kung fu with a spectacular and colourful display of movement.

In addition early February, modern dance troupe the Jin Xing Dance Theatre performed a show starring and directed by Jin Xing, a famous Chinese choreographer who is also an internationally renowned film actress and a beacon of freedom of speech in China. She is followed by millions of adoring fans and is known for being public about her sex change. For this reason, she has become a model of human freedom and expression in China.

(Issue Feb 2017)


“Open A Door To Israel” interactive exhibition in Singapore E-mail

A free exhibition titled “Open A Door To Israel” was held in December at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Singapore. The multi-sensory exhibition transported visitors to Israel through interactive doors that revealed videos about various aspects of Israeli life.

The 15-day exhibition was created by Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Strategic Affairs to celebrate the nation’s history, culture and innovation.

Instead of seeing a series of wordy information panels, visitors experienced slices of Israeli life through large LED screens that were hidden behind nine doors. The videos reflected on specific themes such as family, heritage, culture and education. For example, visitors were able to sit down to a Shabbat dinner with an Israeli family, play a game of matkot (a beach paddle-ball game popular in Israel), and join the merry-making at a traditional Chasidic wedding.

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Malaysian comedian judged world’s funniest person E-mail

Malaysian stand-up comedy king Harith Iskander, 50, was judged the world’s funniest person in a contest held in Helsinki, Finland, in December.

Harith, who was announced the champion of The Laugh Factory’s “Funniest Person in the World” 2016 competition, joked his way ahead of four other contenders: Alex Calleja from the Philippines, Katerina Vrana from Greece, Mino Van Nassau from India and David Kilimnick from Israel.

As the winner, Harith bagged US$100,000 and a comedy tour in the US, while runner-up Calleja took home US$10,000. Vrana in third place received US$5,000.

In a Facebook post, Harith, who is referred to as the Godfather of Malaysian stand-up comedy, said he was “so excited and thrilled” to win the competition.

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