A few days ago, the Institute Cervantes together with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Embassy of Guatemala organized an evening commemorating the 50 year anniversary (1967-2017) of the Nobel Prize for Literature being awarded to Miguel Ángel Asturias. The Ambassador of Guatemala H.E. Sara Solis Castañeda opened the festivities by listing the huge and cultural importance of Asturias’s writing in Latin America. This was followed by an exposition held by Prof. Klein, a Latin American studies scholar from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

 

 

Miguel Angel Asturias spent several years in Europe holding diplomatic positions. He also visited Israel and reached the Western Wall. Although he died in Spain, his remains rest in the Le Père-Lachaise cemetery in Paris.

A prolific and accomplished writer, his works have been translated to several languages. His most outstanding works include: Legends of Guatemala (1930), The President (1946), Men of Corn (1949), Mulata de Tal (1963), and Friday of Pain (1972). His work also includes poetry, story, theater and essays.


Asturias received numerous commendations for his works: the Gálvez Prize (1923) on his thesis on indigenous issues, the Falla Prize for best student of his faculty, the Sylla Monsegur Award for French translation of Legends of Guatemala and Mulata de Tal for the best published Latin American novels in France, the Lenin Prize for Peace, and of course the aforementioned Nobel Prize for Literature (1967).

 

After hearing about Asturias’s achievements, the guests were then shown a short film highlighting the Nobel Prize ceremony, before enjoying hot chocolate and several Guatemalan delicacies.

 
 
 Photo Stella Szpira
 
 
 
 

 

Chanukah ("dedication" in Hebrew) is celebrated this year from sunset tomorrow (Tuesday), 12 December, until sunset onWednesday, 20 December. The festival commemorates both the 164 BCE rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem after its desecration by the ruling Seleucid (Syrian Greek) Kingdom, under Antiochus IV – and the re-establishment of religious freedom for the Jewish people after a period of harsh repression.

 

 

The Holiday of Holidays Festival  December 14-23, in Haifa

A Haifaite intercultural celebration of music, tastes, scents, interactive presentations, exhibitions, activities for children, and more

Following the successful world premiere shows last month, the new English On Stage comedy is headed to Tel Aviv! 

Inconceivable: The Totally True One-Woman Semi-Fertile Quasi-"Musical"

A comedic one-woman stage performance incorporating stand-up, music, and various props, performed by an American professional actress.  This performance is in English, suitable for women and men, adult audiences only.

Taking a hilarious and honest look at the complexity of modern infertility, this comedic solo show is insightful, moving, absurd, and compelling.  Everyone can relate to this performance.  Experienced, written, and performed by Meirav Zur, everything seen in this production is amazingly and amusingly true. 

Read what audiences have been saying:

"Wonderful, amazing, brave!"
"Totally fantastic."
"Thank you for making this journey so relatable and funny... Please take this all over the world-- People need to see this!"
"Hilarious and so moving."
"So powerful, emotional, and real. This was an amazing show!"
"Didn't want it to end."
"Very entertaining!"

 

SHOW INFO:
Wednesday, December 27, 20:30 (8:30 PM), at Habima National Theater, 2 Sderot Tarsat, Tel Aviv.

TICKETS:  
Full price at the door (pending availability) = 90 NIS
Advanced Online Purchase = 70 NIS,https://tixwise.co.il/en/ishabima
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**Seats are not assigned. Doors open at 20:00.
 
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Israel's professional English-language theater, English On Stage,new stage production .  The show's title, "Inconceivable: The totally true one-woman semi-fertile quasi-'musical'", quite simply says it all.  Taking an honest look at the complexity of modern infertility, this comedic solo show is insightful, moving, absurd, and compelling.

 Experienced, written, and performed by Meirav Zur, everything seen in this production is amazingly and amusingly true.

Styling:  Wendy Lehmann
Dramaturgy: Natalie Feinstein

Photo Meirav Zur

 

 

 

Ensemble PHOENIX is about to offer concert-goers some rare gems in “Of Love and Sin”, a program which will be performed in Haifa, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem this month.