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Getting intimate at Mitzpe Ramon
A new music festival, IntiMidbar, will take
place at Mitzpe Ramon this Thursday to Saturday. The event will be held in the
Negev town’s Spice Route Quarter and was initiated by musician Asi Zigadon and
Gadi Lybrock, owner of the local Ramon Jazz Club.
The organizers hope the
event, which is supported by the Merage Foundations Israel, the Mitzpe Ramon
Local Council, the Negev Development Authority and the Keshet Association,
becomes an annual occurrence and they have lined up some big names, along with
some lesser-known artists.
The three-day program features stellar rockers
Berry Sakharof and Amir Lev, who will perform their acoustic Two Guitars in the
Desert production, and other top draws include veteran pop acts Nikmat Hatractor
and Mika Karni.
The musical lineup covers a wide range of styles and
genres, including seasoned Chicago-born bluesman Mark Rashkow, while Uzi
Feinerman and Dudu Kochav will spearhead a free jazz jam session into the wee
hours. Elsewhere over the three days you can catch young pop vocalists Shani
Peleg and Boaz Haimowitz, while The Angelcy will offer up a highly eclectic
In addition to the stage shows there will be an arts
and crafts fair, street acts, farmers market and art installations.
tickets and more information: 058-588-4883 and www.intimidbar.co.il
Haifa puppet magic
The seventh annual Kesem Habubot (The Magic of Puppets)
exhibition will open at Beit Hecht in Haifa on Thursday, running until August
19. Over the four days visitors will be able to get an eyeful of a wide variety
of items made by some of the country’s leading puppeteers, of all sizes and
materials. The exhibits will include porcelain and theater puppets, marionettes
and figures made from papier mâché, beads, sponge and balloons.
of this year’s display is based on the Psalms quote “wine gladdens the heart of
man,” with each puppet creator offering his or her own take on the phrase. The
show will include works by leading puppet builders such as Guy Elkayam, Nili
Pardes and Emmanuel Zohar.
In addition to the displays, Beit Hecht will
host a program of free activities for all the family. The event is sponsored by
Atos and the Haifa Art, Culture and Sport Company Ltd. operated by the
For tickets and more information: (04) 836-2667 and
The Sportfilm Festival will take place, for the
first time, at the Haifa Cinematheque from Wednesday to Saturday.
the four days members of the public will be able to watch a rich program of
international sports-based documentaries, with offerings by documentarians from
countries across the globe, including Sweden, Korea, the US, China, Japan and
The film program includes an indepth look at the highly colorful
Real Madrid soccer supremo, titled José Mourinho – The Best Coach in the World;
a work based on one of the most famous heavyweight boxers, Joe Frazier: When the
Smoke Clears; and Winning Time, about retired Indiana Pacers basketball star
In addition to the documentaries about the rich and
famous, the festival lineup features some moving personal stories, including
Blind Football Boy, about a Chinese soccer player who lost his eyesight but
continued playing the game; Miguel’s Haka, about an autistic rugby player; My
Greatest Story, about a youngster with cerebral palsy who is an inspiring
professional equestrian; and a locally-based story – God Went Surfing with the
Devil – about of how a bunch of Israeli surfers extended a helping hand to some
of their Palestinian counterparts. There will also be a screening of The
Eleventh Day: The Survivors of Munich ’72, to mark the 40th anniversary of the
massacre of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games.
information: (04) 835- 3529, www.haifacin.co.il and www.sportfilm.org.il
The 2012 Jaffa graffiti exhibition opens on August 21 at the Museums
of Bat Yam, and will run until September 8. The show was devised by the museum
and the Arab-Jewish Center in Jaffa.
The exhibition features photographs,
sketches and documentation of graffiti created by a group of young Arab and
Jewish artists on walls all over Jaffa, including at the Arab-Jewish Center, the
local Democratic School and other sites around the city.
information: (03) 659- 1140 and www.moby.org.il