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22 November 2017 - 5 Kislev 5778 - ה' כסלו ה' אלפים תשע"ח
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Author David Grossman wins Man Booker International Prize E-mail

Israeli author David Grossman won the Man Booker International Prize for his novel A Horse Walks Into a Bar. The award was announced on 14 June in London.

Grossman beat out five other finalists, including fellow Israeli author Amos Oz, for the counterpart to Britain’s prestigious Booker Prize.

Grossman’s novel is about a failing standup comic and his final performance. Set in a small Israeli town, the novel is focused entirely on the act of comedian Dovaleh Greenstein. He takes to the stage to needle his audience with vulgar and aggressive jokes, but his repellent performance begins to crumble as he reveals a fateful and gruesome decision he once made that has haunted him ever since.

The award prize of U$64,000 was split evenly between Grossman and his translator, Jessica Cohen.

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Chinese artist Ai Weiwei debuts exhibition in Israel E-mail

For the first time, an exhibition by renowned Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei is on view at the Israel Museum. It will run through to 28 October.

Ai Weiwei is considered one of the most prominent cultural figures of the 21st century. Known for his monumental works combining large-scale installations with traditional Chinese handicrafts, he addresses contemporary issues including human rights, freedom of expression, the refugee crisis, the treatment of immigrants and government censorship.

Spread across a number of the Museum’s galleries, the “Ai Weiwei: Maybe, Maybe Not” exhibition debuts new works and displays a series of installations that examine the relationship between individuals and their vast social culture.

Ai Weiwei’s new monumentally scaled Iron Tree – towering over 8 metres tall and weighing 14 tons – greets visitors as they enter along the Museum’s promenade.

Inside, iconic installations, including Trees, Soft Ground and Sunflower Seeds, are presented together with complementary works by the artist. He is renowned for making strong aesthetic statements that also resonate with timely phenomena across today’s geopolitical world.

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Akko Opera Festival E-mail

The Akko Opera Festival will take place for the fourth consecutive year in the Old City’s Crusader Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage site, over the weekend of 3-5 August. Akko (also known as Acre) is a 4,500-year-old city on Israel’s Mediterranean coast.

Tourists and visitors attending the festival can enjoy an exceptional cultural experience, thanks to the unique combination of enchanting music, productions created especially for the festival, and the spectacular setting of the Crusader Fortress.

The programme will include a new production of Giulio Cesare in Egitto by Georg Frederic Handel, directed by Tomer Zvulun; Made in Israel, a tribute concert to the late Israeli singer and songwriter Arik Einstein, with operatic renditions by soloists from the Israeli Opera and guest artist Miki Gabrielov; and the Magic Flute, an opera for all the family, sung in Hebrew.

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