18 January 2018 - 3 Shevat 5778 - ג' שבט ה' אלפים תשע"ח
Arts & Culture
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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Thailand celebrates Rhythm of the Earth Festival E-mail

Israeli composer, music producer and renowned Kamancha and Baglama player Mark Eliyahu was one of the main musical attractions at this year’s Rhythm of the Earth Festival in Bangkok from 15 to 18 June.

The annual festival, now in its 11th year, is a magical celebration of world music (and world barbecue), taking place on the plaza in front of the CentralWorld shopping centre complex in downtown Bangkok.

Todd Tongdee Lavelle of Lavelle Entertainment described Rhythm of the Earth as “a borderless celebration of the human race” featuring folk, ethnic, Thai and world music performers.

“We’ve had more than 5,000 performers over the past 10 years coming together to celebrate the world as it can be,” he said.

This year’s theme was “Silk Road Home”, a nod to the ancient trade route that scattered the seeds of culture far from home. Eliyahu’s music is based on ancient Middle-Eastern, Persian and Central-Asian musical traditions, brought together with European and modal harmonies that preserve the essential emotional qualities of the music, while making it accessible and inviting to everyone across boundaries of time and space.

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