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Jewish Times Asia March 2015

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Art • Culture • Music

Top pop artists to perform in Israel during May ​ ay is a particularly hot M month for pop and rock music fans in Israel. There will be three mainstream international pop artists playing concerts in the Tel Aviv area. International singing sensation Robbie Williams will play at Ha’Yarkon Park in Tel Aviv on 2 May, as part of his ‘Let Me Entertain You’ worldwide tour. This will be the first time Williams has given a concert in Israel.

​​Hugely popular boy-band, the Backstreet Boys will play three concerts in Ra’anana, in the greater Tel Aviv area. The concerts will take place at the Ra’anana Amphitheater on 19, 20 and 21 May. The concerts were resched-

American superstar poprock band One Republic recently announced an outdoor summer performance at Ha’Yarkon Park in Tel Aviv in May as part of their 2015 world tour. The band announced on their Facebook page that they “added another date to the #Native Tour! We will be coming to Tel Aviv, Israel at Ramat Gan Stadium on 28 May.” Robbie Williams

uled after the band was forced to postpone its sell-out concerts last July. The band, which began playing twenty years ago, have sold in excess of 130 million records, including number one hits such as I want it that way and Everybody.

Burns Night in Hong Kong Once again Hongs Kong’s Jewish community toasted 18th century Scottish poet Robert Burns in a special ceremonial Burns Night Dinner event held on 2 February at the Hong Kong Jewish Community Centre. Over 30 members and guests packed the King David Room. Robert Burns was born on 25 January 1759 and was regarded as the national poet of Scotland and suppers are traditionally held near his birthday to celebrate his life. The event has now become a permanent fixture. The annual gathering is now in its fourth year. The event was organised and hosted by Richard Winston. The attractions were the traditional specially prepared Scottish themed food which included kosher Haggis. Together with a fine selection of various whisky tasting all contributed to a traditional feast. This year’s distilleries were from; Benromach, Glen Garrioch, Bowmore, Glenfarclas and Mortlach. A bagpipe player set the tone and piped in the invited guests for dinner. This year the community engaged the services of

Andrew Yu

Andrew Yu, from Hong Kong. Yu is the 2014 All England Amateur Solo Championship Trophy winner for Bagpipes. The entertainment included poems recited from Robert Burns works, which were read in a variety of accents from Scottish to Israeli! And some traditional singing as the evening ended with the rendition of Auld Lang Syne. A fun night was had by all with all guests receiving a gift from the host of a miniature bottle of whisky.

Richard Winston with guests at the dinner event

The Colorado-based group, led by prolific songwriter and singer Ryan Tedder, first rose to prominence via MySpace and social media and was later signed by hip hop producer Timbaland.

“We wanted to perform in Israel and visit it since we established the band. This performance will

One Republic

Since 2007, they have established themselves as major international pop stars, after three successful albums and millions of YouTube views. Tedder was quoted in the Israel media (Mako) as saying

Backstreet Boys

be the realisation of the wish of a lifetime. We can’t wait.”


March 2015 • Volume 9 • Issue 10 • Adar / Nissan 5775