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Cultures enriching each other

Norwegian-Israeli cultural relations are strong with an increased interest in cooperation from both sides.

Cultural cooperation is a key component of Norwegian-Israeli relations. We want to reinforce our bilateral ties, to facilitate the internationalisation of art and culture and to build lasting relations between artists and cultural institutions in Norway and Israel. Artists bring back new impulses and perspectives, enriching both countries.

Norway’s Embassy in Tel Aviv prioritizes culture and art. Quality, innovation and a long-term approach is crucial. We work in close dialogue with the artists themselves and with renowned cultural organisations and actors in Norway and Israel. The Embassy seeks to buttress local demand, preferably supporting initiatives taken by the artists and the cultural institutions themselves. Norway attaches great importance to ensuring a high professional and creative standard.

We are happy to see increased interest among Norwegian artists to explore a new international arena here in Israel. Likewise, a growing number of Israeli cultural actors show interest in cooperation with Norwegians. Through various support schemes and project cooperation, the Embassy is able to help to ensure that artists can engage in such activities.

Here are just some of the many cultural events involving Norwegians and Israelis in Israel and Norway during the last year:

- Exhibition by Norwegian and Danish duo Elmgreen & Dragset, at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art

- Norwegian heavy/black metal artists Jørn Lande, “Leaves Eyes”, “Leprous” and “Circus Maximus” performed in various venues in Tel Aviv

- Norwegian Documentary “Rare Birds” was screened at the Epost Film Festival in Tel Aviv

- Israeli film director Liran Kapel participated at Tromsø International Film Festival

- Norwegian band “The Hungry Hearts” performed at the Tel Aviv Pride Parade and their movie was shown at the TLV-Fest LGBT Film festival

- Screening of the Norwegian documentaries “Brothers” and “Dancing for you” at the Docaviv International Film Festival in Tel Aviv

- Norwegian films ‘Casper and Emma on Safari’ and “Little Grey Fergie” were screened at the Tel Aviv International Children’s Film Festival

- Norwegian movie “The Little Death” was shown at International Student Film Festival in Tel Aviv

- Norwegian producer Christian Falch participated at CoPro 18 – The Israeli Documentary Screen Market

- Norwegian movie “El Classico” was screened at Haifa International Film Festival

- Several of the most famous plays by Henrik Ibsen (“Enemy of the People”, “Pillars of Society”, “A Doll’s House”) were stages at Cameri Theatre in Tel Aviv

- A production of Henrik Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House” was staged at the Tel Aviv University