Spreading the soothing word of poetry in Metulla

The 19th annual Poetry Festival in Metulla will take place this year during Shavuot.

June 8, 2016 20:40
ISRAELI KAMANCHEH player Mark Eliyahu.

ISRAELI KAMANCHEH player Mark Eliyahu.. (photo credit: ZOHAR RON)

The 19th annual Poetry Festival in Metulla will take place this year during Shavuot, bringing to the quiet northern pastoral town dozens of poetry readings, concerts, screenings and other family events.

The theme of this year’s festival, which runs today through June 12 under the auspices of Confederation House in Jerusalem and its director, Effie Benaya, is “The Right to Shout.”

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Festival highlights include “The Golden Age of Mizrahi Poetry: Fathers, Mothers, Sons and Daughters,” featuring Erez Bitton (the first Mizrahi poet to receive the Israel Prize); musicians Shai Tsabari, Eran Weitz and Carmi Zisapel will perform new compositions and arrangements to the poetry of Avot Yeshurun; veteran ethnic music artist Piris Eliyahu will host an evening of his compositions to poems from the Song of Songs. He will be joined by his kamancheh-playing son Mark. There will also be a tribute to Jerusalemite poet Yisrael Eliraz, who died earlier this year a day before his 83rd birthday.

For more info visit www.confederationhouse..org

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