19 July 2018 - 8 Av 5778 - ח' אב ה' אלפים תשע"ח
Arts & Culture
Ringo Starr to perform in Israel E-mail

Former Beatle Ringo Starr will be performing two concerts with his All Starrs Band at the Menorah Mivtachim Arena in Tel Aviv on 23-24 June as part of his European tour.

Starr, an English songwriter, singer and actor, first became famous as the drummer for The Beatles, however since 1989 he has toured with his All Starrs Band. The 77year old released his 19th studio album, Give More Love, in September.

Born Richard Starkey on 7 July, 1940, he officially joined Paul McCartney, John Lennon and George Harrison in 1962 as the drummer for what would become one of the most important popular music acts of all time, or as Ringo says, “the biggest band in the land”.

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Israel Festival in Jerusalem 2018 E-mail

The Israel Festival, an internationally renowned interdisciplinary festival held each year in Jerusalem, will take place from 23 May to 9 June. The festival was founded in 1961 and is celebrating its 57th anniversary this year.

Each year, the festival features high-quality productions in dance, music, drama and performance theatre from all over the world, as well as original Israeli productions and free outdoor performances for the general public.

This year’s Israel Festival, which marks the State of Israel’s 70th year of independence, will be hosting leading artists in dance, music, theatre, and performance art. At the same time, it will present, in a first-time collaboration with the Israeli Foreign Ministry, a large-scale showcase of original Israeli works that will be presented to dozens of leading international festival directors, and a wide variety of original Israeli works.

An opening event titled Hiphopland, a sizzling celebration of local hip-hop culture, will feature top Israeli hip-hop artists Echo, Jimbo J, Nechi Nech, System Ali, Peled, Cafe Shahor Hazak, Karolina, Shaanan Street & Guy Mar and others. Along with DJs, breakdancers and projection mapping artists, they will be inspired by the ultimate text that begs to be responded to as part of Israel’s 70th anniversary celebrations: Israel’s Declaration of Independence.

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The International Writers Festival E-mail

The International Writers Festival literary event takes place every two years in Jerusalem. It is the preeminent writers’ event in Israel, hosting many popular and upcoming Israeli writers and international writers with works translated into Hebrew.

This year’s event, taking place from 8 to 11 May, will focus on the theme of literary protests and the influence that they might have on Israeli society and on everyday discourse. It will include discussions, workshops, writing marathons, musical performances, theatrical readings and master classes.

One highlight in the programme is a discussion about The Rosie Project, a novel by Australian author Graeme Simsion that sold over 3.5 million copies around the world. The book focuses on Asperger’s Syndrome and deals with the process of coping with the disease on a personal, family and social level. Simsion will discuss the book with journalist Lihi Lapid, and together they’ll try to understand how we can make the world a better place for people on the autism spectrum.

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