Art & Culture
- Written by Talma Gotteiner
The exhibition is FREE OF CHARGE and will take place between 24 Sep 2018 - 1 Oct 2018 (Chol HaMoed Sukkot) at the Tel-Aviv Fairgrounds.
- Written by Talma Gotteiner
I was invited by Arbel PR to write about the upcoming 20th Piano Festival in Tel-Aviv-Jaffa that will be taking place between Saturday night October 20th until Saturday night October 27th.
Although the initial format of the festival was based on artists playing their music solo on a single piano, over time the festival has evolved into a full celebration of the various musical styles and instruments available to artists today.
This year, about 300 artists, musicians, creators, actors, and dancers, will celebrate the festival’s 20 years of existence and will participate in 53 different performances including special festive performances, original productions, first-time performances and unique collaborations that were composed especially for the Tel-Aviv-Jaffa Piano Festival.
Clockwise from top left: Dana Berger, Yoni Rechter, Danny Sanderson and Marina Maximilian
The 53 performances, representing the Israeli multicultural wealth, will be hosted throughout the city's cultural institutions, from the Tel-Aviv Museum of Art Halls: Recanati Hall, Assia Hall, Kaufman Hall, Mizna Blumenthal Gallery and the Contemporary Israeli Art Gallery to additional institutions such as Hall 3 of the Cameri Theater, The Performing Arts Center, the Enav Center and Tel Aviv's Mann Auditorium.
The festival is proud to present an artistic-musical abundance of artists and styles, senior artists alongside young artists who have not yet released a debut album, hip-hop, rock, electronic and pop artists, together with Mediterranean, ethnic, classical and Jewish-religious music. The Piano Festival is the largest music festival in the country, and during its 20 years of existence, it has produced fascinating combinations and many performances that found their way to the stage after the festival and were commemorated in albums or on video.
The festival's power lies in the artistic freedom it gives to its creators, a freedom that allows them to try new and original musical to express their artistic ideas and convey their quest with intriguing new content for the wonderful audience that visits the festival halls every year.
Clockwise from top left: Shai Tsabari, Yirmi Kaplan, Maureen Nehedar and Miki & Shira Gavrielov.
The piano festival has been celebrated for 20 years, an impressive achievement considering its modest beginnings. The first festival took place at the ZOA House and the Enav Center was initiated by Udi Dabush, the artistic director of the festival for the first decade. A year later, the festival was on the road to success, with the Tel-Aviv-Jaffa Municipality taking the festival under its wing. Thus, already during the second year, the festival was held not only at the Einav Center, but mainly in the Tel Aviv-Jaffa Municipality building in all of its halls and sections. The festival began to grow, and five years after it was founded, in 2003 the festival director Avi Mizrahi decided to transfer it to the well-known Suzanne Dellal Center, with its halls and outdoor spaces, where the festival was hosted for 11 years.
Clockwise from top left: Gil Shohat, Rami Fortis, Danny Sanderson and Boaz Sharabi.
In light of the success of the festival and the multitude of artists who wanted to take part in it, Tel Aviv-Jaffa Mayor Ron Huldai decided to transfer the festival to the Tel Aviv Museum of Art where it has been held since 2014. The festival has been held for the past four years at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, including its halls and galleries with special ventures in the various halls in the city: the Noga Theater, the Performing Arts Center, the Mann Auditorium and of course the Einav Center that accompanied it from its first day.
Over the last decade, the festival has grown more and more, and the halls are filled to the brim with a loyal audience that comes to experience the special performances created for it and in the spirit of the time, adding shades and color to the piano performances that characterized it at the beginning. As in its early days, the festival has hosted alongside the leading mature artists, several young indie artists who are graduates of contemporary musical styles, serving as an important stage and a starting point in their career. Every year, hundreds of requests by artists who wish to take part in the festival are received and undergo a careful selection that maintains a total artistic freedom of style without preferences.
Clockwise from top left: Omer Netzer, Avi Grainik and I, Gal de Paz and from left to right Timna Brauer, Einav Jackson Cohen and Yonit Shaked Golan.
Festival Director: Shabi Mizrahi, Deputy Director of the Culture and Arts Division and Director of the Shows Department
Production: The Department of Performances in the Tel Aviv-Jaffa Municipality, in cooperation with "Hamon Volume" and "Zappa".
Artistic Director: Etty Ante-Segev
Tickets: Zappa 9080 * and online Zappa-club.co.il
Prices: 69-149 NIS
Discounts for residents of Tel Aviv-Yafo with a digital card
Every evening performances will be open to the public in the outdoor plazas of the Tel-Aviv Museum of Art and Performing Arts Center (subject to weather conditions).
I hope you enjoy the festival!
- Written by Silvia
The Czechoslovak Film Festival August 13 - 31 Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Haifa, Holon, Herzliya, Sderot
100 years since the founding of Czechoslovakia. Does this country still exist? Yes, in the cinema!
The Czech Republic and Slovakia celebrate 100 years since the founding of Czechoslovakia and invite the Israeli public to celebrate the anniversary with them. Thirteen films, the best of Czechoslovak cinema, will be screened, ranging from the silent film Erotikon (1929), one of the first ever erotic films in history, to the latest film, Ice Mother, starring Zuzana Kroner.
Actress Zuzana Kroner, daughter of actor Jozef Kroner, will open the festival with Ice Mother at the Tel Aviv Cinematheque on Monday, August 13 at 7:45 p.m.
Czech Centre Tel Aviv organized the festival in cooperation with the Embassy of the Czech Republic and the Embassy of the Slovak Republic.
During the festival, there will be a tribute to film director Milos Forman. Two of his movies will be screened: Loves of a Blonde and Talent Competition. There will also be a retrospective of Oscar-winning director Jan Kadar. Five of his films will be screened, the first of which is The Shop on Main Street.
Loves of a Blonde(1965) is one of the three major contributions by Milos Forman to the Czechoslovak New Wave. The other two are Black Peter (1963) and the tragicomedy Firemen’s Ball (1967). In Loves of a Blonde, Forman based the story on a real-life incident. He tried to create a realistic look and feel by filming in a small Czech town with a shoe factory of its own, utilizing a largely non-professional cast, relying on a considerable amount of improvised dialogue and employing documentary-style film techniques. Forman’s casual take on Czechoslovak provincial society is unsentimental but sympathetic. He based a poignant personal story on a real-life situation – the shortage of men in a small town that housed 2,000 young female workers.
Honorary guest Vaclav Macek, director of the Central European House of Photography, will open the Jan Kadar retrospective on August 14 in Tel Aviv.
The Shop on Main Street(1965) is one of the most celebrated Czechoslovak films. Directed by Jan Kadar and Elmar Klos, the drama won the Oscar for Best Foreign Film. Adapted from a novel by Ladislav Grosman (who collaborated on the screenplay), the film represents the peak of Czechoslovak New Wave output. The story takes place in a small town in eastern Slovakia during WW II. The implementation of the Nazis' Nuremberg Laws hits the town hard, with local Jews deported to concentration camps, and their possessions confiscated. Due to the pressure of his greedy wife and thanks to special protection from his brother-in-law, a good-hearted Slovak cabinet-maker is allowed to take over a sewing supplies store owned by elderly Jewish widow Rozalia Lautmannova. But he cannot bear to tell her that her world has irrevocably changed, so he poses as her new helper. The film features superb performances by Jozef Kroner and Ida Kaminska, who received a Special Mention at the Cannes Film Festival in 1965. Although the film was produced at the height of the Communist regime, there are several lines in Yiddish when Rozalia mutters to herself.
On August 19, director Petr Zelenka will introduce his film Lost in Munich at the Tel Aviv Cinematheque.
Lost in Munich (2015) provides a unique opportunity for those (politicians in particular) who like to cite the Munich Agreement of 1938. The Czech issue is satirized by director Petr Zelenka, who is known for his use of black humor. The comedic film is inspired by Lost in La Mancha, a 2002 documentary about Terry Gilliam's unfinished movieThe Man Who Killed Don Quixote. The narrative of Zelenka's film revolves around the making of the movie Lost in Munich, which tells the story of an unsuccessful journalist and a 90-year-old parrot that lived with French prime minister Edouard Daladier and continues to repeat Daladier's quotes related to the Munich Agreement. The failed film production (with the feigned French co-production) is an allegory of the alleged French betrayal in 1938.
Erotikon (1929). This film is a silent melodrama directed by Gustav Machat. One stormy night, a stranger
finds shelter in the stationmaster’s house. The man seduces his host's virtuous daughter. After a tempestuous night together, he abandons her. The director masterfully edits the material, bringing to the screen expressive images of liberated female sexuality.
The roster of the Czechoslovak Film Festival consists mainly of comedies or tragicomedy, which does not appear often. The films were selected by Robert Mikolas, the new director of the Czech Center in Tel Aviv. A foreign correspondent focused on world conflicts, he returns to Israel with a different mission.
Photos provided by Czech Embassy
- Written by Talma Gotteiner
Jerusalem: AC & Icy Attractions
I was invited by Marom PR to write about a few summer attractions in Jerusalem that are suitable for families. And so, I took my daughter and her friend and went to check them out.
Trip Agenda Options
- Time Elevator Jerusalem – a special film theater
- The Hebrew Music Museum – Interactive Tours
- Iceland – an ice-skating rink
Time Elevator Jerusalem
Time Elevator Jerusalem is a unique attraction that is celebrating its 20th anniversary and 2.5Mth visitor this year. The attraction includes four unique exhibits that are screened in an innovative and technological hall unlike any other in Jerusalem. Its location, in the heart of Mamilla Mall makes it an attractive add-on to any tour of the old city.
The showroom features 250 square meters of LED screens covering the audience at 180 degrees with advanced audio and lighting systems displaying to 104 seats, 98 of which are mobile on 6 axes and 6 of which are immobile. Additional fixed seats can be arranged upon request.
The first exhibit is a 30 min journey through time film providing an overview of 3,000 years of the history of Jerusalem starting from the first temple till modern Israel. This popular film has been translated into Hebrew, English, Russian, French, Spanish, German, Italian and Mandarin Chinese.
The second 25 min exhibit called ‘I am Jerusalem’ invites the viewer to experience the sounds and smells of the city of Jerusalem through innovative technological means. The film is presented in Hebrew and English with some of the written texts in Arabic as well.
The third exhibit is a journey into the human body in 3D as presented through the eyes of a robotic capsule at a level suitable for children. When did you last see what happens in your ear, brain, or muscle? The film answers a multitude of questions. How do we breathe? How do we absorb information? How do we digest? How do we look from within? The duration is 25 minutes. The film is presented in Hebrew and Arabic and is suitable only for mobile chairs.
The last exhibit is a 20 min fascinating journey into space. This 3D film invites visitors to see the moment of ‘the Big Bang’ and to enjoy a virtual tour of the solar system, around the Earth, the moon and the neighboring planets. The film is in Hebrew alone and is suitable only for mobile chairs.
During this trip, we saw the human body capsule film. Although my daughter has just finished the 7th grade, at least parts of it were new to her and in general, it was a good recap on what she already knew. Both girls enjoyed it.
The Hebrew Music Museum
The Hebrew Music Museum in Jerusalem holds a collection of about 250 rare and unique musical instruments from around the world, separated into 7 exhibit halls.
During July and August, the museum will be conducting musical tours for the whole family, with costumes and figures from the countries of the Diaspora and demonstrations of songs and melodies coupled with fascinating stories. Throughout our tour we learnt about the different musical styles that influenced the melodies and singing that were prevalent in the Diaspora in which the Jewish people lived. The tour guide was very sweet with the children and let them try out the musical instruments. I also loved how the décor of the museum was designed to represent the atmosphere of each region.
In addition, visitors are invited to conduct independent tours with the help of the Virtual Guide "Grandpa Levi" who will get to know the visitors through the tablet at the entrance to the museum and take them through interactive game stations. For example: In the ‘Central Asia’ section, visitors will play a game of ‘Guitar Hero’ enjoying the experience of ancient instruments such as Kurdish Zorna, Persian Zarb, Bokhara Rubab and Caucasian Pandoor. In the ‘Africa and Yemen’ space, visitors will be able to experience electronic percussion instruments themselves by actually playing on African instruments such as the Don Don bell, Guinea drum, Ethiopian harp and Yemenite shofars. Tablets will be provided to children from age 10 and up.
In the museum's main highlight, the ‘Hebrew’ space, dedicated to the multicultural society in Israel, visitors can enjoy a model of the Temple with virtual reality glasses (16 positions).
For the summer months, the museum's opening hours have been extended towards the weekend.
Open: Sun-Wed 9:30-20:00, Thursday 09:30-21:00 & Friday 09:30-14:00.
The "Iceland" complex, is located in the Pais Arena Stadium in Jerusalem, which during the year hosts concerts, competitive sports events, conferences and more.
The ice-skating rink was brought especially from Austria for the summer months and is the largest and most modern in Israel. The complex covers an area of 1800 square meters with real ice and is equipped with professional high-level modern equipment offering a fun and enjoyable experience for a wide range of ages from age 5 onwards.
For the sake of the younger children, elephant dolls were brought to Iceland this year for the first time, allowing two children to sit together and slide while one of the parents can navigate from the back. This in addition to the seals and penguins that can be used for the stabilization of new learners.
My two girls were new to ice-skating, but the 45-minute session was sufficient to move from the penguins to regular ice-skating and they both had a good time. I enjoyed refreshing my memory. I took a fall but otherwise skated without mishap.
Since it’s a limited experience, I’m including pricing information.
Cost: 30 NIS from age 5 to 18 / 40 NIS from age 18. Skating accessories cost 5 NIS based on availability. Tickets can only be purchased on the spot.
Duration: 45 minutes per session.
There aren’t any food stands in the stadium that are active during the daily ice-skating activity. Therefore, it is preferable to eat near one of the other attractions.
A few suggestions include: ‘Hotel Prima Kings’,‘Gloria Hotel’, ‘Dan Boutique Jerusalem’, ‘David Citadel Hotel’, ‘Mamilla Hotel’, ‘National Hotel Jerusalem’, ‘Eldan Hotel’, ‘Leonardo Plaza Hotel’, ‘Montefiore Hotel’, ‘King David Hotel’ and ‘Inbal Jerusalem Hotel’.
Jerusalem is about an hour’s drive from Tel-Aviv. Visiting the three attractions filled up a day.
This is what it looks like on the map:
Have a great summer!
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Credits: I utilized the photo provided by Marom PR for the Iceland Rink.
- Written by The Embassy of India
Visit of leading Indian singer in Israel on August 16 for the Raga Mela festival. White NIght of Indian classical music. With Israeli and Indian musicians
The Embassy of India in Israel with the cooperation of the organizers of the 6th Raga Mela Festival announce the upcoming performances of Pandit Uday Bhawalkar In Israel between 15-18.8.2018
This is considered as a historic visit of the torch bearer of classical Indian singing and his group Pandit Uday Bhawalkar in Israel.
Pandit Uday Bhawalkar glitters as a star in the world of Indian classical music. From an early age he studied with the great masters of the Drupad tradition, brothers Zia Mohiuddin and Zia Fariduddin Dagar. He quickly exhibited his talent and devotion and his star began to set foot in India and beyond.
He has appeared in the prestigious festivals of Indian classical music throughout the subcontinent and abroad including Sawai Gandharva Bhimsen Joshi Mahotsav, and Tansen Sangeet Samaroh. He has performed throughout Europe, the US and Canada and has worked with artists from other traditions, including contemporary dancer Astad Deboo, the modern ensemble of Germany, and others.
Uday ji's fascinating style and ability to reach out and communicate with audiences from all backgrounds helped him carve a niche for himself as one of the leading forces in spreading Drupad in the world.
His commitment to teaching, in India, and beyond had earned him a devoted and enthusiastic audience of students committed to pursuing Drupad. He has taught in many institutions in the world such as the Conservatory of Music of Rotterdam, University of Washington, Seattle. The Asian Music Circle in London, and the music company of Drupad, UK.
Uday arrives in Israel with two of his senior students who will accompany him on Tanpura and singing and with Pratap Awad, the gifted Pakhawaj player.
This visit was made possible through the support and cooperation of the Embassy of India and the ICCR - Indian Cultural Relations Association.
15.8 Performance at the Unicorn Club in Pardes Hanna. Audience Entrance 20:00 Start of performance 20:30
16.8 The main show at the Raga Mela Festival in Kfar Shmuel. Performances begin at 20:00 until morning.
17.8 Workshop and performance at the Neve Shechter synagogue in Tel Aviv at 10:30
18.8 An intimate performance at Makom la Ruach in Ein Kerem, Jerusalem. Doors open 20:30 Start of performance 21:00
Links to live performances:
I will be on leave until August 16.
Photos Embassy of India