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Jerusalem East and West Orchestra conducted by Israeli maestro Tom Cohen Image Credit: Supplied

Dubai: The Israel Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai has announced its series of cultural and entertainment events that will take place during the world fair from October 1, 2021, to March 31, 2022.

Highlights include Israel’s National Day celebrations on January 9, 2022, when Israel’s high state officials will be in attendance. On January 22 and 23, there will be a special performance by the Jerusalem East and West Orchestra conducted by Israeli maestro Tom Cohen.

Israel’s culture and entertainment schedule will include more than 20 events and shows, hosted in the Israeli pavilion. Additionally, every Thursday evening, the pavilion will celebrate with a party in an Israeli style.

The events will proudly present Israel's unique culture, which includes a huge amount of cultural, religious and ethnic diversity. As part of Middle Eastern culture, the ongoing dialogue between East and West and between tradition and innovation will be celebrated and felt by all.

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Infected Mushrooms to perform first-ever UAE concert in Expo's Jubilee Park on December 13, 2021 Image Credit: Supplied

Most events will feature musical performances - according to Josh Bendit, Israel’s Pavilion Director. “Music, as an international language, overcomes language barriers and brings hearts and senses together. Our music beats to the rhythm of unity between different cultures that come together from all over the world,” he said.

In addition, the pavilion will host street theatre performances, culinary events and feature key Israeli art exhibitions. Israel’s most renowned music group, Infected Mushrooms, is set to stage its first ever large-scale UAE concert, hosted in Expo's Jubilee Park on December 13, 2021.

Among the famous names performing at the Israel Pavilion are:

  • Yemen Blues, led by the musician Ravid Kahlani
  • Band Anna RF
  • Quarter To Africa
  • The Gil-Ron Shema Ensemble
  • The Paran Ensemble
  • The Firkaat-El Nur Orchestra