Israel and Mongolia celebrated thirty years of diplomatic relations in November with a special event highlighting the encounter of cultures through music and photography.
The event was organized by the Embassies of Israel and Mongolia in Beijing and took place in the new cultural complex of the latter.
A new exhibition titled “Mongolia through Israeli eyes” by photographer Igal Slavin was inaugurated for the occasion. An international photographer, Slavin is also the founder of a mentorship program for young photographers, is a partner in the agency Zooming and leads photography trips, teaching the participants to capture the spirit of their destinations through their cameras.
The event also included a concert by Israeli musician Liron Man, who performed with a Mongolian artist.
Man is a leading handpan musician. In China, he has been affectionately given the nickname of “guishou” (ghost hands). In his music, he likes to incorporate elements of melodies from across the world, including from African, Eastern European, Latin, Asian, Middle Eastern music as well as from flamenco, jazz, pop, rock, heavy metal, classical music and more.
In addition, those who attended the celebration were offered to participate to a krav maga workshop - the special self-defence technique developed in Israel.
During the event, the Deputy Mongolian Ambassador to China emphasized the importance of the economic and political relations between Israel and Mongolia, while Deputy Ambassador of Israel Yuval Waks stressed the potential of the cooperation yet to be tapped in the fields of agriculture, health and more.