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On the occasion of the 52nd Anniversary of the National Day of the Federal Republic of Nigeria while also commemorating the twentieth year of Nigeria and Israel resuming diplomatic relations. The embassy of Nigeria hosted an official reception on October 14th 2012 at the Residence of Nigeria in Tel-Aviv.

Ambassador David Oladipo Obasa and his wife Mrs. Olusola Olanrewaju Obasa welcomed HE Minister of Improvement of Government Services Mr. Michael Eitan, who assisted as an honorary guest. Also, among the select group of distinguished guests was the Dean of the Diplomatic Corps Ambassador Etoundi Essomba of Cameroun, Ambassadors, Head of the Diplomatic and Consular Missions, International Organizations and other select guests.

During his speech the Nigerian Ambassador David Oladipo Obasa gave a warm welcome to guests, particularly acknowledging the presence of Mr. Issachar Ben-Yaacov, former head of the Israeli Mission to Nigeria in 1973 when diplomatic relations between the two countries were suspended.

The Festival will take place at Felicja Blumental Music Center, 26 Bialik Street

Tel Aviv from 21 - 25 October. All concerts begin at 20:30

The program features renowned artists from Argentina, coming to Israel

especially for the Festival. Famous Israeli artists will perform with them.

Artistic Director and Founder of the Festival

The Maestro ALBERTO PORTUGHEIS

Programs and Dates

Sunday 21 October

A feast of Argentine music -

Piazzolla, Ginastera, Guastavino, Lasala, Aguirre and others

PALOMAS DORADAS - Tamar Melzer/flute and Julieta Tolchinsky/piano

DUO ETZION/MURVITZ - Yoni Etzion/cello and Batia Murvitz/piano

TANGO ARGENTINO - Daniel Giusti and Oksana Golik - Tango Dance Duo

celebration of Argentinean music with works by Piazzolla, Ginastera, Guastavino, Lasala,

Aguirre and selection of Tango dances 80 NIS / 70 NIS

Tuesday 23 October & Wednesday 24 October

An Evening of Folklore -

Folk Music from Argentina and Latin America

SILVIA IRIONDO ENSEMBLE

Singer Silvia Iriondo, with Federico Arreseygor /piano, Horacio Hurtado/doublebass

and Fernando Bruno/percussion

Tickets NIS 95 NIS / 85 NIS

Tursday 25 October

Celebrating Argentina – Remembering Piazzolla ALBERTO PORTUGHEIS & Friends

(The renowned pianist Alberto Portugheis returns to Israel after 17 years)

with Sivan  Rotem/soprano,  Vera Vaidman/violin,  Hemda Raz/piano

and Micha Haran/cello, violin

Works by Piazzolla, Ginastera, Guastavino, Gianneo and Kutnowski

Tickets 90 NIS / 85 NIS

for discount you must mencione " Silvia " at the moment to buty the ticket

SPACE IN THE HALL IS LIMITED.   IT IS ADVISABLE TO BOOK IN ADVANCEFOR TICKETS:

Felicia Blumental Music Center  03-620 1185

From 10 to 16 hs

For more information, tel:  03-695 3819

or email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
298,000 VISITOR ENTRIES INTO ISRAEL IN AUGUST (10% MORE THAN AUGUST 2011);
248,000 TOURISTS ARRIVED (10% MORE THAN 2011);
39% INCREASE ON VISITORS ARRIVING ON CRUISE SHIPS

2.3 MILLION VISITORS ARRIVED IN ISRAEL JAN-AUG 2012 (7% INCREASE ON SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR)

Minister of Tourism, Stas Misezhnikov: "The intensive work and focused and professional marketing is showing results in the field. Especially during times of economic crisis, tourism proves itself as a growth engine that injects billions of shekels annually into the economy."

Despite the grave global economic crisis and the problematic geopolitical situation in the region, Israel continues to break incoming tourism records. A record number of 2.3 million visitors arrived during the period Jan-Aug 2012, a 7% increase as compared with last year and 5% more than the record year of 2010. Of these entries, a record 1.9 million were tourists, a 4% increase compared with the same period in 2011 and a 7% increase as compared with 2010. 374,000 entries were day visitors, 26% more than the same period last year.

THE TOURISM MINISTRY LAUNCHES A NEW CAMPAIGN TO PROMOTE INCOMING TOURISM, LED BY ISRAELI ACTRESS NOA TISHBY: ISRAELIS WILL BE ASKED TO INVITE FRIENDS FROM AROUND THE WORLD TO VISIT ISRAEL, USING VIDEO CLIPS AND POSTCARDS VIA A DEDICATED TOURISM MINISTRY WEBSITE; THE INCENTIVE – 200 VACATION PACKAGES IN ISRAEL.

Tourism Minister Stas Misezhnikov: "This is a national campaign that combines Zionism with the tourism industry's economic value to the economy and employment, without cynicism. We are expecting widespread participation and believe that everyone can leverage the power of influence on their surroundings in order to bring more tourists to Israel. Incoming tourism contributes about NIS 18 billion annually, creates thousands of new jobs mainly in the periphery and serves to improve Israel's image."

The 2012 Magshim Israel Yafa (“Beautiful Israel Award”) was presented to KKL-JNF on the 110th anniversary of its foundation. The festive award ceremony took place at the President’s Residence in Jerusalem last week.

Prior to the official ceremony, 500 guests including KKL-JNF personnel from all over Israel, government ministers, chairmen of regional councils and other dignitaries were welcomed at a garden reception.

The award ceremony was hosted by the journalist Oren Weigenfeld who described the virtues and accomplishments of KKL-JNF and the reasons for its selection for this year’s award: "For building a bridge between the Diaspora Jewry and the State of Israel, and for developing the land so it could be used for inhabitation and for cultivation."

A video clip featured a variety of projects undertaken by KKL-JNF since its establishment. Rivka Michaeli, veteran actress and Rag Bar Natan, actor and comedian, presented KKL’s achievements via humorous skits and songs. However, it was President Peres who stole the show with his witty anecdotes eliciting waves of laughter.