Written by: [29 Aug 2014 ]
Shmemel New Video: Berlin

Had it with the highs (your rent) and lows (your paycheck) of life in the Holy Land? Lots of young Israelis (and not just struggling artists) are looking outwards these days, finding their new promised land somewhere else, somewhere where the living is, if not easy, then at least easier than it is here. Why do I live in Israel? Beautiful beaches, family, crazy creativity – I love Israel! But some of us end up loving it and leaving it… and that’s OK. Or is it?
Shmemel are singing about it …

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Written by: [15 Aug 2014 ]
Golden Age of Flamenco – Mediterranean Andalusian Orchestra

***UPDATE*** Due to the current situation the scheduled concert will not take place on August 28th. A new date will be announced.
The Golden Age of Flamenco will come to life under the stars as The Mediterranean Andalusian Orchestra of Ashkelon, will perform a free outdoor performance on August 28, 2014 as part of the “Culture and Community” program at the First International Bank of Israel. The concert will be conducted by the orchestra’s Artistic Director and Head conductor Tom Cohen, with soloists Emil Zrihan and Yehuda Shveiky.
The concert will include …

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Written by: [14 Aug 2014 ]
Contact Point: August 28, 2014

The Jerusalem Season of Culture has announced that Contact Point will take place at the Israel Museum on Thursday, August 28, 2014 from 20:00 until the very early hours of Friday morning, 3:00 am. The event was originally planned for July 10th, but this summer has taken a turn none of us would wish for, or would have expected.
In the past four years, Contact Point has been a fascinating and different encounter with the museum, and a wonderful summer party. The Jerusalem Season of Culture has decided to hold the …

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Written by: [13 Aug 2014 ]
Mike Brant – the Movie

Anyone who spent the 70s in Israel must have slow-danced to Mike Brant’s Laisse-moi t’aimer (Let me love you) at least once. Mike Brant was a huge pop star back in the day, with several hit songs in French: Qui saura, L’Amour c’est ça, l’amour c’est toi, C’est ma prière, Dis-lui (a French version of Feelings), and many more. The sultry-voiced singer with classic good looks grew up in Haifa determined to make it in music, singing in English and French and changing his name from Moshe to the catchier …

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Written by: [12 Aug 2014 ]
Ophir Awards 2014: Nominations

It’s going to be a close race for this year’s Ophir Awards with several strong films in the running. There are five finalists for Best Feature of 2014, but Eitan Even, President of the Israeli Academy of Film and Television said that this year’s crop of new films has been of such quality that his private list numbers eight films, and said, “It was very hard for me to decide.” Nominated for Best Feature are: Zero Motivation directed by Talya Lavie; Next to Her, directed by Asaf Korman; Gett, The …

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Written by: [11 Aug 2014 ]
Arad Festival 2014

Celebrating Israeli music, The Arad Festival will take place from August 18 – 21, 2014, with performances throughout the city – all FREE!!! Now in its 32nd edition, the festival provides a stage for emerging musicians while  giving audiences the opportunity to enjoy free concerts by some of the most popular Israeli singers and musicians. Seeking to instill a love and appreciation for Israeli music, the festival also offers special performances for children.
If you haven’t been to Arad, it’s a great opportunity to explore this city on the border of …