18 January 2018 - 3 Shevat 5778 - ג' שבט ה' אלפים תשע"ח
Arts & Culture
Hong Kong International Chamber Music Festival E-mail

The 9th Hong Kong International Chamber Music Festival (HKICMF), will be held from 13 to 24 January, 2018. It is organised by Premiere Performances, a presenter of solo recitals and chamber music concerts.

This year’s lineup promises to be another stellar turnout. Taiwanese violin superstar Cho- Liang Lin returns as Artistic Director, alongside 16 top international and eight local musicians.

Since its launch in 2009, the Chamber Music Festival has earned a reputation in Hong Kong for its world-class performances, and has quickly become a beloved event on the Hong Kong cultural calendar.

This year’s Festival features five thematic evening programmes with various small ensembles comprising from two to seven musicians. In addition to the traditional combination of strings and piano, the Festival will include performances with harp, clarinet and flute. There will also be a family concert in Cantonese by the Viva! Pipers, a popular local woodwind quintet.

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ISRAMAN triathlon race E-mail

The ISRAMAN Ironman Garmin Race, the Israeli iron distance triathlon, will take place in the resort city of Eilat from 24 to 27 January, 2018.

It is ranked as one of the top-10 most challenging long triathlons in the world. Athletes will swim 3.8 kilometres in the beautiful crystal-clear waters of the Red Sea, cycle 180 kilome¬tres in the Eilat mountains, and run a 42.2-kilometre marathon back to the finish line.

For those looking for a less¬er but still formidable challenge, the Half ISRAMAN includes a 1.8-kilometre swim, a 90-kilo¬metre bike ride and a 21.1-kilo¬metre run. This year there will also be an “IsraKids” event, which will give a triathlon ex¬perience to two age groups.

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Hong Kong Jewish Film Festival returns for 18th time E-mail

The 18th Hong Kong Jewish Film Festival (HKJFF), featuring 28 world-class films, is running until 12 November at the Asia Society in Admiralty. Many of the selected dramas, documentaries and comedies are making their Asian debut at the festival, and include films by acclaimed directors and well as works by up-and-coming film-makers.

“This year’s theme is ‘Celebrate’, as the Festival is celebrating 18 years of presenting quality Jewish films to our Hong Kong audiences,” said Debby Amias, Festival Chair. “Each letter in the Hebrew alphabet has a numerical value and 18 equates to the word ‘Life’: we are celebrating the life and history of this Festival, and also the great and ongoing achievements in Jewish film across the globe.”

The selection this year includes many films that reflect this upbeat theme, particularly the opening-night drama On the Map, a fast-moving and spirited documentary that recounts how an underdog Israeli basketball team prevailed over a series of European basketball powers in 1977 and became national heroes. The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with Tal Brody, the Israeli-American team captain, and then a burgers- and-beer party on the stunning rooftop of the Asia Society.

Other films that will please sports fans and history buffs alike include the absurd comedy The 90 Minute War, about solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on the soccer field, and the weightier documentary Box for Life, which portrays the life story of Auschwitz survivor Noah Klieger, who was forced to box for his life.

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