The Hullegeb Israeli-Ethiopian Arts Festival is another unique event from the Confederation House, presenting the Israeli-Ethiopian creativity that has been flourishing recently in music, theater, and dance.
The festival takes place every December and combines the traditional Ethiopian in the theater, dance, and music spheres with modern contemporary Israeli culture. The Hullegeb festival sets the stage for the creators of this new, artistic and spectacular language and exposes it widely to the public.
Selected events at the Hullegeb 2021 Festival
Opening Show: The Addis Alem Ensemble with Rudy Beinsin
The Hullegeb Festival will open this year with the performance of the Addis Alem Ensemble - a unique group of five prominent and esteemed musicians: bassist Yossi Fine, Oud and violin player Yair Dalal, singer and saxophonist Abatte Barihun, percussionist Ben Ayalon and Massinko player and singer Adonia Guada.
Together, they will put together a one-off show that will captivate the audience with a mash-up of songs of the desert, Ethiopian songs, Funk, and ethno-jazz. The quintet will be hosted by singer Rudy Beinsin.
December 7, 21: 30
The Yellow Submarine, Jerusalem
"Alice": A new show by Hullegeb Theater Group under the artistic direction of Moshe Malka
Join us for Alice: the show that claims there is reality and there is no reality, there is black and there is no black, there is white and there is no white, there is identity and there is no identity.
The ground drops out from under Alice's feet and she falls into the ground. No space, no time. Who is she? The show is a comic, wordless physical adaptation of Lewis Carroll's book "Alice in Wonderland." Four anonymous characters are suddenly asked to tell a story, and inadvertently they tell the story of Alice, the curious girl.
The characters find themselves falling into the depths of the earth, following Alice, where they discover there is no longer a clear and permanent reality. Empty stage, physical theatre, slapstick, fast, dynamic rhythm.
December 8 at 20: 30 and December 12 at 21: 00
Oshi Masala and Nomke: Prima Donna-A Tribute to Boundary-breaking Female Creativity
Prima Donna – the First Lady in Italian - is the central female figure in the work of singer-songwriter and bass player Oshi Masala, and singer-songwriter, guitarist and musical producer Nomke. Masala and Nomke will present a special tribute and contemporary performance of the songs that have become a milestone in Israeli music and the prominent musicians who have left their mark on local culture.
December 10, 20:30
Vod (Darling): A performance by the Hullegeb Theatre Group under the artistic direction of Moshe Malka
The play tells the story of Fanta, an Ethiopian woman who escapes from her abusive marriage and flees with her son from Kiryat Malachi, to Netanya in an attempt to start a new life. In the new neighborhood, she meets people who are different from her, including a girl from an upstanding upbringing, who turns out to be dealing with a life story identical to her own. During the play, secrets are revealed through Fanta's diary that are related to her separation from her sister who still remains in Ethiopia.
The play will be performed in Hebrew and Amharic languages.
December 11, 19: 00
Orit Tashoma: The Abundance of Poverty- A Spoken Word Show
"Abundance in Poverty" is the debut album by Spoken Word artist Orit Tashoma. Her texts deal with the crisis of identity and the search for connection to the Israeli establishment and society, along with mystical texts that raise questions and thoughts about one's place in the modern Western world. Tashoma is planting seeds from Ethiopian and Israeli culture and hopes to grow a new and refreshing musical tree that makes no apologies for the way it has grown in the Israeli landscape.
December 11, 20:30
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