FA177 - 2 December 2002
Australia and Israel Set Up Cultural Exchange
I am pleased to join with the Ambassador of Israel, His Excellency,
Mr Gabby Levy, to welcome the establishment of the Australia Israel
Cultural Exchange (AICE) Program today.
The link between Australia and Israel has always been warm and strong
and the formation of the Australia Israel Cultural Exchange will add
depth to this relationship.
AICE will foster cultural links between the two countries across
a broad range of artistic pursuits that will include literature, film,
music, art, visual culture, performing arts and architecture.
This program will be a two-way exchange commencing with a visit by
the Israeli jazz group "Nuvea" to the Perth International Arts Festival
and the Melbourne International Jazz Festival in January 2003. In
September 2003 an exhibition of Indigenous Australian art will tour
There are proposals for Indigenous Australian artists to visit Israel
and plans for a leading Israeli Documentary Film festival to tour
Australia. The Israel Museum is also keen to showcase Australian culture
at a festival in 2005.
I am delighted that Mr Albert Dadon is the Founder and Chairman of
the Board of AICE in Australia. Board members include art historian,
Dr Gene Sherman, renowned conductor, Maestro Vladimir Vais, theatrical
entrepreneur, Mr Peter Ivany and the accomplished concert performer,
Ms Aura Levin Lipski.
The Australia Israel Cultural Exchange (AICE) will be launched
at 5:30pm on Monday,
2 December 2002 in Private Dining Room 1, Parliament House, Canberra.
A representative of the Israeli Government and some members of the
Israeli Board of AICE will participate in the launch via a live video
link with Israel.
Media inquiries: Chris Kenny (Ministerial) +61 02 6277 7500 / Lyndall
Sachs (Departmental) +61 02 6261 1555
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