The 51st Abu Gosh Vocal Music Festival will take place from May 30th to June 3rd 2017. Singer and conductor Hanna Tzur has been the festival’s musical director since 1995. Concerts are held in the spacious Church of the Ark of the Covenant gracing the Kiryat Yearim hilltop and in the intimate Crypt of the 12th century Benedictine Crusader Church nestling in a peaceful, exotic garden. People from all over Israel attend the festival, taking time out from the bustle of everyday life to immerse themselves in good music, enjoy the views over the Judean Hills, to picnic with friends, get a taste of the outdoor performances and browse the craft stalls.

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, on Holocaust Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Day  today (Monday, 24 April 2017), at the Knesset, made the following remarks at the 'Unto Every Person There is a Name'   ceremony:

"My late father-in-law, Shmuel Ben-Artzi, came here, at the age of 18, in 1933. He left his native Bilgoraj in Poland. His father, it could be said, pursued him up to the train station in Warsaw and tried to convince him to stay in Poland. Shmuel was insistent. He was full of love for Zion. He was also an emissary for the Musar movement yeshiva in Novardok and opened a branch in Bnei Brak.

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Anastasia, Kenneth MacMillan’s powerful and compelling full length ballet based on the true story of the lost Russian Grand Duchess is screened live into cinemas. Evocative sets and stunning costumes by Bob Crowley will transport audiences to the glittering heart of the Russian royal court and to the stark surroundings of a disturbed mind.

In its first performance by The Royal Ballet in over a decade, the live cinema screening of Anastasia features a stellar cast of critically acclaimed Principal dancers. Russian star Natalia Osipova takes on the title role with Marianela Nuñez as Kschessinksa, Federico Bonelli as ‘Her Partner, Edward Watson as ’The Husband’ and Thiago Soares as the sinister Rasputin.
As war and revolution ravage Russia, the glamorous excesses of the Romanov dynasty cometumbling down around the young Grand Duchess Anastasia. Years later, a woman named Anna Anderson, a disturbed and withdrawn psychiatric patient locked away in an asylum, is haunted by the nightmares of her past. Fact and fantasy become indistinguishable as her conviction of her true identity helps her to survive her grim reality. This heart wrenching three-act ballet will leave audiences to decide for themselves if Anna’s claims are legitimate.

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