15 October 2018 - 7 Heshvan 5779 - ז' חשון ה' אלפים תשע"ט
Arts & Culture
Ancient pottery vessels salvaged from cave in northern Israel E-mail

In July, large wine jars, a cooking pot and other pottery vessels over 2,000 years old were salvaged in a complex operation from a cave on a cliff in a nature reserve near the northern border.

In 2017, Dr Yinon Shivtiel, a speleologist and senior lecturer in Land of Israel Studies at the Zefat Academic College, conducted a survey in Western Galilee to locate caves that served as shelters and hiding places.

Shivtiel was aided by the Israel Nature and Parks Authority. In the course of the survey he was surprised to discover a cave high on a sheer cliff, under an overhang, that contained ancient pottery vessels.

Dr Danny Syon, senior archaeologist with the Israel Antiquities Authority, joined Dr Shivtiel to carry out an archaeological excavation of the cave and salvage the vessels so that they could be studied.

The salvaging of the fragile 2,000-year-old finds was made possible thanks to the cooperation of Vladimir Boslov and Boaz Langford of the Israel Cave Research Center of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, as well as volunteers from the Israel Cave Explorers Club.

Due to the proximity of the cave to the Lebanese border, the operation was co-ordinated with the IDF, which extended generous help. The excavation was carried out under a permit from the Israel Nature and Parks Authority.

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Taiwanese Hakka culture showcased in Israel E-mail

A photography exhibition spotlighting Hakka culture was held from 22 May to 3 June in Jerusalem as part of government efforts promoting people-to-people exchanges between Taiwan and Israel.

Organised by the Hakka Affairs Council, the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Tel Aviv and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HUJ), Hakka Journey—Taiwan Romantic Route 3 as a Formosa Landscape featured 50 images encapsulating the cultural customs and lifestyles of the ethnic group.

The shots were taken by nine local photographers at points along Hakka Romantic Route 3, a 150-kilometre section in northern and central Taiwan that is part of the 438.7-kilometre Provincial Highway No. 3. The route winds through 16 Hakka townships in Taoyuan City, Hsinchu and Miaoli counties and Taichung City.

At the opening ceremony of the exhibition in Jerusalem, Hakka Affairs Council Minister Li Yung-te said the exhibition was the first on Hakka culture staged in Israel. The exhibition also aimed at helping visitors, including those attending a conference about Asian Studies held at HUJ in May, to better understand this unique aspect of Taiwan’s multicultural society.

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The Hong Kong International Choreography Festival E-mail

The Hong Kong International Choreography Festival (HKICF) returned for the third time from 28 to 30 June at the Sheung Wan Civic Centre Theatre. Each evening, the festival featured several artistic performances and creations.

This year, three Israeli choreographers, David Matan, Dana Katz and Efrat Galai, took part in the performances and workshops, offering their own unique multicultural programmes of contemporary dance.

In all, around 12 international artists-in-residence, together with five world-renowned choreographers and five local Hong Kong artists, participated in the festival.

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