City notes: Acre opera festival takes the stage

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Providing tools to face obstacles: Police and at-risk youth in Arad (photo credit: ISRAEL POLICE)
Providing tools to face obstacles: Police and at-risk youth in Arad
(photo credit: ISRAEL POLICE)
The works of Mozart and the music of Spanish Jews will resonate from the historic walled port city of Acre this weekend as part of the Israeli Opera Festival.
The festival will feature a fully staged production of Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail in the remains of the Crusader- era court in the city’s iconic fortress. The Israel Camerata Jerusalem will present the three-act singspiel with songs in German and dialogue in Hebrew and Arabic. The production will take stage at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 30.
Today, the Ladino production Yaniv d’Or and Ensembles Barrocade and NAYA will provide an experience in the enchanting musical world of Judeo-Spanish, or Ladino, tradition. The distinct sounds of string instruments such as the oud, viola da gamba and baroque guitar will transport the audience through centuries of sounds that traversed the Mediterranean from the Iberian Peninsula.
Guest soprano Hila Baggio from the Israeli Opera will add coloratura to the performance with music by Handel. The collaborative show will take place at 9 p.m.
Israeli Opera soloists will perform three one-hour matinee shows of Mozart’s The Magic Flute on Saturday, starting respectively at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. The colorful family-friendly version of the renowned opera will be performed, fully staged, in Hebrew with piano accompaniment.
Galilee winery hosts family-friendly harvest activities
A winery in the Lower Galilee is opening its doors in August to family members of all ages.
From August 6 to 31, the Yiftah’el Winery in Alon Hagalil will host visitors seeking to participate in harvest activities.
Vineyard attendants will guide the participants in the process of picking grapes and making wine, or grape juice, during their visit. Adults will also be offered wine tastings following the vineyard activities.
The family-friendly activities run from Sunday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 4 to 7:30 p.m., and on Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Entrance costs NIS 40 per person.
In addition, every Tuesday the winery hosts a nocturnal harvest party with a bonfire and refreshments. Entrance costs NIS 45.
TA showing love for art in September festival
The White City will demonstrate its penchant for creativity and culture with the annual Loving Art, Marking Art festival running from September 14 to 25.
The event will feature exhibitions and activities throughout public landmark places in the city.
A project titled “Metropolis” will feature some 150 student works from the International School for Art in public spaces in the area designated to house Tel Aviv’s first light rail station.
Another project, “Light and Shadow,” will take place at the Tel Aviv Central Bus Station, in tandem with gallery open houses.
In addition, about 50 illustration works will be displayed around the city and at festival events taking place at the Gabirol art gallery and performance center, located at 106-108 Ibn Gvirol Street.
Youth volunteer alongside people with disabilities
Instead of joining the current trend of searching for virtual Pokemon during their summer vacation, dozens of youngsters have opted to volunteer with an organization that employs people with disabilities in Rosh Ha’ayin.
Studio and Joy, which employs some 30 people with mental and physical disabilities, hosted the youth, who assisted the employees with their tasks of preparing gift baskets and delivering gifts.
Nadav Attia, the organization’s director, said that some of the youth volunteers are children of employees of larger companies that work with the studio. Instead of placing the youth in positions within the ranks of the organization, as in past years, it was decided to place them alongside the workers with disabilities.
Arad police team up with at-risk youth
Police officers in Arad held a soccer match and festive breakfast with at-risk youth on Monday, to mark the conclusion of a yearlong volunteer project in the city.
Throughout the year, officers from the police youth division regularly volunteered at the local youth shelter. Accompanied by a social worker, the officers met with the youth and served as mentors who, while creating bonds of trust, discussed issues such as violence and bullying.
Police stated that such community activities are an important element in the duties of officers and are “designed to preemptively identify the obstacles that stand in the way of at-risk youth and to provide them with tools to face [the obstacles].”