Israel Culture Week Opens in Shanghai
November 19, 2017

To honor the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Israel, the 19th China Shanghai International Arts Festival will hold an Israel Culture Week from November 11 to 15.

Organized by the Consulate General of Israel in Shanghai and the center for China Shanghai International Arts Festival, Israel Culture Week aims to present the comprehensive and classical achievements of Israeli art, providing local Chinese a chance to embrace Israeli traditions and culture through various events including stage performances, master classes and workshops and art education activities.

During Israel Culture Week, some of Israel's finest artists will perform in Shanghai. Inbal Pinto & Avshalom Pollak Dance Co will present an international debut of their newest piece, Icetree, at Shanghai Grand Theatre on November 10 and 11.

Honored with four Emmy Awards and 16 Grammy Awards, violinist Itzhak Perlman will present a violin recital at Shanghai Oriental Art Center on November 11. Perlman is known for his collaborations with film composer John Williams in Steven Spielberg's Academy Award-winning film Schindler's List.

Singer Ester Rada will give a live concert at Shanghai Urban Lawn Music Plaza. She has toured five continents with her unique music style that combines soul, R&B jazz and Ethiopian.

Pianist Yaron Kohlberg will present a recital at Shanghai Concert Hall on November 14. Born in Jerusalem, Kohlberg resides in China, where he performs regularly and gives master classes in Chinese. During his piano recital, Kohlberg will play his favorite Chinese song Caiyun Zhuiyue (Colorful Clouds Chasing the Moon) among others.

"I reside in China because there is a strong passion for music here. Chinese people are enthusiastic about my music and I am glad I can contribute to the development of the music scene in China with my performing experience across the world," Kohlberg told the Global Times.

Since its foundation in 1999, the China Shanghai International Arts Festival has been committed to the purpose of presenting art to the general public and has become an important platform for cultural exchange.

For the past 18 years, over 30,000 artists and 570 art organizations from 70 countries and regions around the world have visited the festival, where 989 shows have been staged, attracting a total audience of over 4.3 million.

Since 2002, the festival has been introducing a cultural week from a guest country every year to showcase cultures from around the world and illustrate the deep mutual understanding and friendship between China and the rest of the world.

"Israel Culture Week this year is very good opportunity for us to bring to Shanghai the best of Israeli culture, including modern dance, music and singers. I am sure, following these performances, we will know each other better," Eyal Propper, the Consul General of Israel in Shanghai, told the Global Times at the opening ceremony of Israel Culture Week on Wednesday.

"I would like to see more Chinese people coming to Israel, explore Israel, see the beauty of Israel," he said.