Posted by: israelembassysa | July 13, 2010

Welcome!

Ambassador of Israel to South Africa Mr. Segev-Steinberg welcomes you to the Blog

 Dear friends,
 Shalom,
It is my pleasure to announce the launch of the official blog of the Embassy of Israel in Pretoria, South Africa.
 This wonderful initiative will provide the means to expose and celebrate the many facets of Israel by showcasing her rich and vibrant culture as well as her cutting-edge technology, science and medicine etc. The blog will provide a platform for those who are passionate about these fields to express themselves.
 The Embassy is also proud to promote the cultural exchange between Israel and South Africa and over the last six months has organised and promoted (together with Tararam – The South Africa/Israel Culture Fund) the bringing together of South Africa and Israel through cultural events. These included:
  • The 2010 Israeli Film Festival ‘Reel Israel’ at Cinema Nouveau feature eight award winning films that will bring the lifestyle, landscapes and people of Israel to Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town and Durban running. The festival has been running from the 18th of June and ends on the 22nd of July.
  • “The Timekeepers” play, an Israeli play which is set during the holocaust was invited to Grahamstown festival 2010 and was a great success, receiving numerous positive reviews. The performance was then taken to Port Elizabeth and will be showing in Johannesburg at the Old Mutual Theatre on the Square in Sandton from the 13th to 24th of July.
  • Esteemed Israeli choreographer, Dana Ruttenberg, attended the Dance Umbrella Festival in March 2010 in Johannesburg and held workshops on contemporary dance. To read her article on her trip to South Africa, click here.
  • The Israeli Film “Eyes Wide Open,” directed by Haim Tabakman, was shown at the Cape Winelands Film Festival in March 2010 where it was awarded the esteemed Best Feature Award. “Eyes Wide Open” will also be shown commercially at Ster Kinekor Cinema Nouveau theatres from the 1st of October 2010.
  • Highly acclaimed Israeli pianist, Prof. Vadim Monastyrsky, performed at the Stellenbosch International Piano Symposium held at Stellenbosch University at the end of March 2010
I would like to extend a warm welcome to all readers of the official blog of the Embassy of Israel and urge everyone to contribute to the articles being featured.
Toda,
Dov Segev-Steinberg
Ambassador of Israel to South Africa

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