Art & Culture
- Written by Tel Aviv Global
The Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality, in collaboration with the Israeli Opera, is happy to continue its' annual tradition of hosting Opera in the Park!
This year they will perform the classic and beloved opera, Carmen, which tells the story of a gypsy whose life is filled with adventure, love, and surprise
TEL AVIV - On the 18th of August the Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality, in collaboration with the Israeli Opera, will bring back its open performances tradition in the Ganei Yehoshua park, with a special production of "Carmen" by Georges Bizet, one of the most popular operas of all time.
The huge park productions that have been taking place there for over 20 years, attract tens of thousands of people every year who come to enjoy an exciting cultural experience, at no cost. Continuing on the tradition, the event will be hosted by Ron Huldai, Mayor of Tel Aviv-Yafo.
Ron Huldai, Mayor of Tel Aviv-Yafo: "This summer will be spent with a spectacular celebration of fierce love, abysmal hatred and burning passion. I am not referring to the election campaign that awaits us, but to the huge colorful production that is "Carmen" by Bizet, taking place on the wonderful stage of Opera in the Park. Similar to Carmen - the beautiful and warm-tempered gypsy, who broke the hearts of many suitors – is the Israeli Opera of Tel Aviv-Yafo: professional, rich in content and grace, mesmerizing in its beauty and voices and courted by its many suitors. I want to thank the Israeli Opera for their cooperation of over 20 years in producing "Opera in the Park", a production of the Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality. The event takes place under the open sky and at no cost, and gives tens of thousands of culture and music lovers from all over the country a magical and unforgettable summer experience. You are all cordially invited!"
"Carmen" is a huge production with more than 250 participants on stage – soloists, opera choir, musicians, dancers, actors and a children's choir. At this moment in time, the enormous setting that is to be erected on the stage in Ganei Yehoshua is being built. Additionally, the opera seamstress is already working on preparing the hundreds of colorful and spectacular costumes intended for the performers.
The opera will be conducted by Dan Ettinger, music director of the Israeli Opera, directed by Gadi Shechter, who in previous years directed some of the productions that took place in the park, and accompanied by the opera orchestra – the Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon LeZion and the Israeli Opera Choir.
The production in the park will be a summit meeting of two of Israel's biggest opera stars: Naama Goldman – who performed the role of Carmen for the first time in Masada and has been performing it with great success all over the world ever since, and soprano Ella Vasilevichky who will perform the role of Michaela.
"Carmen" by Georges Bizet, which premiered on March 3, 1875 at the Opéra-Comique in Paris, was a resounding failure in the eyes of audiences and critics. The burning failure struck to the depths of his heart, and exactly three months later he died. The greatest compliment given to this opera came from the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche who said: "Music is wicked, refined and fantastic and at the same time extremely popular."
The opera "Carmen" is based on a novel by Prosper Mérimée and tells a story of love and passion, in which the soldier Don José was tempted to let Carmen, the free gypsy, escape from imprisonment. After Jose finishes serving his prison sentence, which he received because of helping Carmen, he joins her and her fellow gypsies and smugglers. When Carmen falls in love with bullfighter Escamio and is fed up with José, he is struck by a burst of jealousy. Carmen prefers to remain free and even die than to live with a man she does not love, and Don José's jealousy causes him to murder her.
Link for details about the event on the Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality website Tel Aviv Travel Guide - Event Location (tel-aviv.gov.il)
Carmen at Ganei Yehoshua Park
Thursday |18.8.22| Gates open – 19:00| Start of show – 20:30
Conductor: Dan Ettinger
Director: Gadi Shechter
Set designer: Niv Manor
Choreographer: Neta Shezaf
Lighting designer: Eyal Levy Sharon
Sound designer: Yuval Silberstein
The Opera Orchestra – Rishon Lezion Symphony Orchestra
The Israeli Opera Choir
Young Bat Kol Choir
Carmen: Naama Goldman
Don José: Leonardo Kaymi
Michaela: Ella Vasilevichky
Escamio: Oded Reich
Perskita: Tali Foam
Mercedes: Shai Bloch
Morales: Yair Polishuk
Zuniga: Noah Briger
Dankairo as Noam Heinz
Ramandado: Asheri Segev
Photo credit – Yossi Zwecker
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When Art meets travel. Exclusive cocktail reception in honor of famous Azerbaijan -Israeli artist Rami Meir hosted by Azerbaijan Tourist Board & Azerkhalcha OJSC at the official representation in #telavivcity
Travel agents and representatives of the tourism industry attended a special event organized by the Israeli representative of Azerbaijan Tourist board in honor of the famous Azari-Israeli artist Rami Meir (Rahamim Migirov)
At the center of the event was a pop-up exhibition, co-organized with the national carpet project Azerkhalcha OJSC with four of his works carefully selected for the exhibition in Tel Aviv - original works turned into handmade rugs that reflect various aspects of Jewish life in Azerbaijan, symbols and elements.
"We are excited to host such a respected artist in Israel. Heritage, tradition and culture as well as authentic arts are some of the main factors that attract tourists, and in Azerbaijan there are all of these in abundance," said Jamila Talibazada, who runs the bureau in Israel.
"This is a country that loves Israel that radiates its love for all areas of life and I wish everyone success in deepening the tourist ties between the two countries."
Rami Meir is an Azerbaijani-Israeli artist born in Baku and originally from Netanya, who began to recreate in his paintings the history of his people, the mountain Jews of the Caucasus and the Trans-Caucasus. To his surprise his artwork caught the attention of critics and collectors around the world.
Photos and video Silvia G Golan
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Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Design and Architecture Department present NFT > ONE OF A KINDS
Dates: Opening: July 6, 2022 Closing: December 3, 2022
Safra Foyer, Herta and Paul Amir Building
Exhibition text (short):
The Museum presents a unique project of its kind in the world, focusing on the phenomenon of NFTs – Non-Fungible Tokens, or digital files registered by an e-commerce network (blockchain) whose technology enables reliable identification of the source, thereby rendering it unique. In March 2021, Christie’s sold the work Everydays by American digital artist Bepple for a record $69.3 million. It is the most expensive digital work sold to date, and the first to NFT enter public consciousness as such. Forty NFT works by local and international artists are displayed in the entrance lobby of the Amir Building. The encounter with the virtual world within the real space offers visitors the experience of being in both spaces at once, while moving between them.
On March 11, 2021, an extraordinary event took place in the art world, when Christie’s Auction House sold the digital work All Days: The First 5000 Days, by the American digital artist known as Beeple, for a record price of $69.3 million. The most expensive digital work ever sold (to date), it introduced the new term NFT into the public consciousness.
At that moment, a new arena opened up, raising fundamental questions about value, the essence of copy and original, and thoughts on quality and quantity. It also challenges the role of the museum in new ways. For example, the profile of NFT creators is extremely diverse: some choose an invented identity, and in other instances the creator is in a sense a programmed algorithm, whereby the artwork is in constant flux. Anyone, it seems, can take part. All that is needed is a new type of digital certificate that regulates and defines the ownership of the original work. This certificate does not forget the work’s original creators, leaving them a share of every sale, which is predetermined by the creators themselves.
In the current exhibition, we seek to present this unique cultural and technological phenomenon as it continues to evolve. To this end, we have chosen a public space that serves as a foyer rather than an “official” gallery in the Museum, in which we created a world whose reality is ambiguous: the boundaries of the physical foyer are expanded and replicated in a virtual space, while rooting it in familiar features of the actual surrounding architecture.
Feel free to chat with TAMA – a bot (smart virtual character) developed especially for this project – and ask her almost anything you wish about NFT. The virtual exhibition in front of you explores forty different NFT works by a wide range of creators. In preparation for the exhibition, we issued an international open call, inviting creators and owners of NFTs to submit proposals of artworks. Hundreds responded, and a professional committee selected the collection on view. This curated selection offers a glimpse into the fascinating activity that is taking place in this arena – a first introduction to new forms of creativity.
List of creators:
Future Positive )Nir Goeta & Rotem Goeta( - Tomer Mor Joseph - Peter Spacey & TEC (Omer Luz, Dylan Roscover and Anita Kucharczyk - Avraham Pesso - Ofir Liberman - Eyal Yehowa Gruss - Khen Shish - Gilad Edelstein - Deborah Fischer, Yarden Colsey, Ofer Kantor - Doron Golan - Daria Durand - Angelika Sher - Yambo & Somei Sun - Kfir Ziv X NFT Tel Aviv - Lidar Farjun - Moran Victoria Sabbag - Matty Mariansky - Nitzan David Hamerman – Kafein - Ron Guetta - Noa Gana and Gal Kuflik - Ran Slavin - The Knocks – Pak – DEDE - Itamar Stamler, Lior Zalmanson - Geldz, ZOZ, and GURION - Sarah Meyohas - Rosie Gibbens - Tamar Karavan - Chat Des Rues - Udi Cassirer - Scan The City - Smadar Lomnitz - Cookie Moon - Thomas Paquet - Eduardo Kac - Desperate Ape Wives - Bored Ape Yacht Club – CryptoPunks - LIŔONA
TAMA - smart virtual:
Tama is a smart virtual character developed for the Tel Aviv Museum by the Advanced Reality Lab (ARL) at Reichman University. Tama's development process included script writing, recording, character design, facial animations, creating a 'smart' development tree, and of course - integrating “artificial intelligence” using deep learning NLP models, which allow the user to naturally interact with her. In order to make Tama smart, she went through a process of learning and practicing all the possible questions, phrases, and utterances in the conversation domain. The more visitors talk to Tama, the smarter she will be!
The Advanced Reality Lab (ARL), Reichman University
ARL is a multidisciplinary laboratory that studies the process of human-machine confluence taking place in recent decades. Our current focus is on the development of virtual humans in virtual reality; this encompasses a wide range of technological and design challenges, and we focus on generative machine learning for verbal and non-verbal communication. In addition, we study the impact of such virtual humans on the individual (in collaboration with researchers in the fields of psychology) and society (with the help of computer simulations). Finally, the laboratory deals with the applications of these studies to basic and applied research in clinical and social psychology.
Collaboration with Sandmilk:
Sandmilk is a leading platform for NFT creators that enables digital creators to present their work in the new medium and develop new options with a dedicated audience. In addition, the company makes the trading experience accessible when it eliminates the need for a personal digital wallet. As part of the collaboration with the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, approximately 5,000 unique NFT works created especially for the exhibition will be distributed to the first 5,000 visitors.
Curator: Maya Vinitsky
Associate curator: Yonni Avidan
Assistance curator: Michal Derhy-Vieman
Exhibition design: Alexey Shamovsky, KIN SKY STUDIO
Graphic design: Noa Schwartz
Nominator team for NFT artworks: Dr. Liat Lavi, Dr. Maya Shmailov, Roee Bigger, Ben Benhorin, Tal Broitman, Ruti Director, Mira Lapidot, Ilai Dgani, Daniel Krol
Virtual world construction and activation: Arium, New York
Hebrew editing: Dafnit Moskovich
English: Mor Ilan
Arabic translation: Dr. Ruba Simaan
Arabic editing: Nabil Armaly
Scientific consultation: Matty Mariansky
Cinematic consultant: Ohad Milstein
Media consultant: Adi Peltinov
Media mounting: Multifect Ltd.
Printing: Kzat Acheret Design and Sign
TAMA specifications and development:
Project Management, Product & Experience Designer: Maya Shekel, Reichman University
Software & Unity Development: Niv Rosnovsky, Reichman University
Director of the ARL Lab, Consulting and Guidance: Prof. Doron Friedman, Reichman University
Content writer and editor: Sigal Siryus
Chatbot content design: Kinneret Yifrah, Amir Gewurtz, and Stav Moran Leshem
Voice over: Mira Awad
The exhibition was possible thanks to the support of DANAE
Images credit: Alexey Shamovsky, KIN SKY STUDIO
Photos credit Silvia G Golan
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מבט מתוך חלל התערוכה הווירטואלית –
NFT > ONE OF A KINDS
מבט מתוך חלל התערוכה הווירטואלית –
NFT > ONE OF A KINDS
Tama is a smart virtual character developed for the Tel Aviv Museum by the Advanced Reality Lab (ARL) at Reichman University
- Written by Silvia G. Golan
- Written by Silvia G. Golan
After the first and most successful months of operation of The David Kempinski Tel Aviv hotel, the ribbon cutting ceremony was held on Monday, July 4, to celebrate the official launch of the 80th hotel of the European luxury brand and its first hotel in Israel.
The launch event was attended by the Minister of Tourism, Mr. Yoel Razvozov, the Chief Executive Officer Kempinski Hotels and Chairman of the Management Board , Mr. Bernold Schroeder, the developer and hotel owner, Mr. Henry Taic, the Mayor of Tel Aviv-Jaffa, Mr. Ron Huldai, and Tzipi Brand, the Deputy Mayor and Portfolio Holder.
The event was opened by the President of the State of Israel, Mr. Isaac Herzog, who delivered a recorded speech and spoke about the return of inbound tourism to Israel and the importance of continuing investments in the hotel sector. The President congratulated the developer Henry Taic, the hotel owner, on the expression of trust in Tel Aviv.
Mr. Bernold Schroeder, CEO of Kempinski Hotels: "We are considering managing more hotels throughout Israel. We are very proud of this new jewel here in Tel Aviv, a city that has become a world-class brand and based on our experience it would make sense to management further properties in places like Jerusalem and other destinations and strengthen our presence in Israel."
Minister of Tourism Yoel Razvozov: "We are pleased that an international brand such as Kempinski has chosen Israel and there are plans to establish more hotels in Israel, which means that there is potential for luxury tourism, tourism that will bring in a lot of money and create many jobs. We welcome any such hotel."
Guy Klaiman, General Manager of The David Kempinski Tel Aviv hotel: "The hotel opened three months ago and as our CEO said, it is a great success. This is one of the best openings the brand has ever had. The brand itself promotes us a lot in all possible channels and that is part of what made us a very successful and popular hotel from the first day of our activity."
About Kempinski Hotels: Created in 1897, Kempinski Hotels is Europe’s oldest luxury hotel group. Kempinski’s rich heritage of impeccable personal service and superb hospitality is complemented by the exclusivity and individuality of its properties. Today the Kempinski Group operates 80 hotels and residences in 34 countries and currently has more than 26 prestigious projects under development around the globe. Each five-star hotel reflects the strength and success of the Kempinski brand without losing sight of its heritage; each one imbues the quality guests have come to expect from Kempinski while embracing the cultural traditions of its location. The portfolio comprises historic landmark properties, award-winning urban lifestyle hotels, outstanding resorts and prestigious residences. Kempinski is a founding member of the Global Hotel Alliance (GHA), the world’s largest alliance of independent hotel brands.
Pictured from right to left:
Tel Aviv-Jaffa Mayor Mr. Ron Huldai, Tzipi Brand Deputy Mayor and Holder of the Tourism and World World Portfolio, Mr. Bernold Schroeder, CEO of Kempinski Hotels , Minister of Tourism Mr. Yoel Razvozov, Yehudit and Henry Taic and Guy Kalman CEO of David Kempinski Hotel Tel Aviv
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