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Jerusalem: The “All About Spain” Festival in Mishkenot Sha’ananim

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Mishkenot Sha’ananim Cultural Center will hold the “All About Spain” Festival, a three day celebration of Spain's contemporary world of culture. Including music and dance performances, conversations about football and politics, dining events, arts, literature, fashion and cinema by Pedro Almodovar - featuring the best musicians, dancers, lecturers and chefs with all the fire, passion and drama you can expect and more.

WHEN: Wednesday 27.11.19 – Friday 29.11.19 at the Mishkenot Sha’ananim Cultural Centre, Heinrich Heine St. Yemin Moshe, Jerusalem

Jerusalem: The “All About Spain” Festival in Mishkenot Sha’ananim

Credit: Photo of Miguel Angel Moratinos by Mikhail Evstafiev

Among the guests to take part: H.E Miguel Ángel Moratinos, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Spain and Special EU Envoy for the Middle East Peace Process and Former Ambassador of Spain in Israel, who is currently serving as the High Representative for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations; the singer Yasmin Levy; chefs Victor Gloger, Zuzu Hanna and Samuel Perea (Spain); journalist Henrique Cymerman; international artist, dancer and choreographer Adva Yermiyahu; Mayor of Jerusalem Moshe Leon; Ambassador of Spain in Israel H.E Manuel Gómez-Acebo and many more participants from Israel and Spain.


WEDNESDAY 27.11.19

Politics and Sport: Super Clásico: From the Political Arena to the Football Field

17:30-19:00, De Button Auditorium, Mishkenot Sha'ananim Cultural Center, 40-50 NIS

The festival will open with a lecture “Barça – Madrid: Rivalry and Excellence in Spain”, with journalist Henrique Cymerman, on the prestigious Super Clásico of the European Football: The politically charged meeting between Barcelona's luxury clubs and Real Madrid and the long-standing rivalry for Spanish and European football crowns.

Following the lecture, there will be an interview with H.E Miguel Ángel Moratinos, former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Spain, former EU Special Representative for the Middle East Peace Process and former Ambassador of Spain in Israel, who is currently serving as the High Representative for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations.

Opening Remarks: Moshe Leon, Mayor of Jerusalem, H.E Manuel Gómez-Acebo, Ambassador of Spain in Israel

The event will take place in English

Music: Colores – Yasmin Levy and Spanish pianist Pablo Suarez in a performance produced especially for the festival

21:00-22:00, De Button Auditorium, Mishkenot Sha'ananim Cultural Center, 60-70 NIS

International Ladino singer Yasmin Levy hosts jazz and flamenco pianist Pablo Suarez in a unique performance produced especially for the festival: an intimate celebration of newly arranged Spanish, Ladino and Latin classics. In addition to the pieces they present together, both Levy and Suarez will perform solos.

THURSDAY 28.11.19

Literature and Theatre: Lullabies and Blood Wedding: A Tribute to Federico García Lorca

18:00-19:00, Djanogly Hall, Mishkenot Sha’ananim Cultural Center 40-50 NIS

Poet and translator Tal Nitzan provides a glimpse into the world of Spanish poet and playwright Federico García Lorca, accompanied by readings of excerpts from "I Wish You Were a Woman", a play based on Lorca’s "Blood Wedding" and adapted for a female cast.

Actresses: Shiri Golan, Anat Federchneider and Michal Weinberg. Directed and adapted by Ira Avneri.

Art: Exhibition “I Am in the East: Jerusalem – Spain” - A Gallery Talk with Spanish Artist Jorge Gil and Curators Ram Ozeri, Vera Pilpoul 19:00-20:00, Dwek Gallery, Mishkenot Sha'ananim Cultural Center, Free Admission

In twelfth-century Spain, Rabbi Yehudah HaLevi wrote: "My heart is in the east, and I in the uttermost west." Accordingly, the participants of the exhibition "I Am in the East: Spain-Jerusalem", which is currently on display at the Dwek Gallery at Mishkenot Sha'ananim, in conjunction with the Jerusalem Biennial for Contemporary Jewish Art, are Israeli and Spanish artists who present the tension between the work in the local Middle East and the influence of Western culture in general and Spain in particular.

Exhibition participants: Jorge Gil and Silvia Gifkin (Spain) and alongside them Daniella and Shai Azoulay, Meydad Eliyahu, Neta Elkayam, Shy Abadi and Lida Sharet Massad. Curators: Ram Ozeri, Vera Pilpoul

The event will be held in Spanish with Hebrew translation

Dance: Espacio Potencial: - A contemporary flamenco performance by Adva Yermiyahu in a special premiere for the festival 21:00-22:00, De Button Auditorium, Mishkenot Sha'ananim Cultural Center, 60-70 NIS Adva Yermiyah, creator, dancer and international choreographer, who splits her time between Spain and Israel, premiered on Espacio Potencial ("Potential Space" in English), housed between Reality and fantasy, a new show specially produced for the festival in collaboration with prominent Spanish flamenco artists and leading Israeli artists. The work brings together the essential elements of the flamenco - the vocals, the guitar, the rhythm, the dance and the seven-foot-long trail dress - and the art of performance, contemporary dance and visual theater. The encounter between the flamenco tradition and principles from contemporary arts such as performance, contemporary dance and visual theater, turns the show into a 'potential space' that also connects contrasting states and images - static and movement, intimate and public, power and release, stage and life, performance and spectacle, to exercise a dialogue between them.

Guitarist and musical director: Manuel Cazas (Spain), Guest dancer: Abel Harana (Spain), Vocals: Yehuda "Shuky" Shveiky, Double bass: Gal Maestro, Artistic director, choreographer, and dancer: Adva Yermiyahu (Israel/Spain).

FRIDAY 29.11.19

Food and Culinary: Spanish Fiesta - A Masterclass on Tapas from the Spanish and Mediterranean Cuisines featuring leading chefs from Spain and Israel 11:00-12:00, Touro Restaurant, Mishkenot Sha’ananim, 60-70 NIS Leading Chefs Victor Gloger (formerly of the Chloélys and Hola restaurants), Zuzu Hanna (Magdalena restaurant) and Spanish chef Samuel Perea, (El Pimpi Restaurant appraised in Malaga in Andalusia), travel around the world with the aim of bringing people together through food. In the culinary masterclass they will hold especially for the festival, they will present culinary and cultural influences from the Spanish, Jewish, and Arab cuisines, telling stories about their travels in Spain and other countries and offering tapas tastings from the select dishes that will showcase the cultural similarities between the various kitchens. Gloger will serve Mediterranean mullet kebab on tabbouleh, Perea will serve almond Ajoblanco and Lupini Beans on the fruits of the season and Hanna will serve nut Qatayef.

Film and Fashion: Pedro Almodovar - High Heels and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. Lecture and screening of the film Volver. 13:00-13:30, Cinematheque Jerusalem, Hebron Rd 11, Jerusalem, 40 NIS The festival ends with the closing event at the Jerusalem Cinematheque. Fashion critic, designer, and cultural entrepreneur Shachar Atwan, in a lecture filled with style about femininity and the passion in the films of the great Spanish director Pedro Almodovar. At the end of the lecture, there will be a screening of the 2006 Almodovar film Volver starring Penelope Cruz, which tells of three generations of women who suffered and dealt with chauvinism.


Purchase Tickets at the Eventer office by phone on *9609 or on the Festival's English Website

Best, Talma

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