19 November 2017 - 2 Kislev 5778 - ב' כסלו ה' אלפים תשע"ח
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Karmiel International Dance Festival Print E-mail

Over 250,000 visitors and tourists attended the 30th Annual International Karmiel Dance Festival, which took place from 8 to 10 August in Karmiel, located between Akko and Tzfat, in the heart of the Beit Kerem Valley, Israel. The event is the largest dance festival of its kind in the country.

Tennis courts, sports halls and community centres, together with an amphitheatre and an arena, became the stages for the festival, with over 100 performances and events scheduled throughout the area, and with the participation of 10,000 dancers. This year there were performances by dancers from China, Georgia, Prague and Hungary.

Dance companies from all over Israel, and from many other countries, participate in the Karmiel Dance Festival. Dance enthusiasts of all ages, from children to adults, attend scores of performances. In addition, the Festival includes Salsa dance parties; marathons of Zumba, Hip Hop and Breakdance; Jazz and choreography competitions; roller dancing; public singing and more.

(Issue Sep 2017)

International Yoga Day 2017 brings thousands of enthusiasts E-mail

The 3rd International Yoga Day took place in Rabin Square in the centre of Tel Aviv on the longest day of the year, 21 June.

The programme in Tel Aviv drew thousands of participants, who joined in several parallel yoga sessions including Iyangar, Ashtanga, Tri-Yoga and Vinyasa yoga. In addition, there was a session of Acro-Yoga and a yoga session for children.

On show was the largest art piece ever created from 1,500 yoga mats. The artwork visualises the future of Israel 30 years from now, with an emphasis on the environment, culture and co-existence.

Lead by Dreame founder Sharonna Karni Cohen, who collected hundreds of dreams from hundreds of people in Tel Aviv. She thereafter recruited artist Amit Trainin and two junior artists, who transformed these dreams into one artwork depicting an imagined future. This was scanned and sliced into 1,500 pieces and printed onto yoga mats.

An official opening ceremony was attended by the Ambassador of India in Israel together with a performance of Indian dance and songs.

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Film festival screened in Nepal E-mail

Israel’s Embassy in Nepal, in conjunction with the Nepal Film Society, organised the 11th Israeli Film Festival in the country. The festival took place in Kathmandu from 21 to 23 June, and later in the month in Pokhara and Biratnagar.

At the festival’s opening ceremony at the office of the Nepal Tourism Board in Bhrikuti Mandap, Kathmandu, special guests enjoyed the film Apples from the desert, an adaptation of an Israeli drama, directed by Matti Hariri and Arik Lubetzky.

In special attendance was Onsari Gharti Magar, Speaker of the Legislature Parliament of Nepal.

Yaron Mayer, Israel’s Ambassador to Nepal, gave a short address about the films that would be screened during the festival, and invited all movielovers to experience and enjoy Israeli culture.

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