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Méditerranée official announcement 2017

The 2017 International Méditerranée Festival has been selected by the Mayor of Ashdod, Mr. Yechiel Lasri, to conclude the 60th anniversary events for the city of Ashdod.  Over 350 leading performers, musicians, film-makers and chefs will take part in this Festival celebrating sixty years since its foundation.

This year the Festival will last 8 days, from 8-15 June, and will be spread over nine settings for performances and events:  Amphi-Ashdod, the Center for Performing Arts, Yad Lebanim House, City Square, Ashdod Museum of Art, Monart Center, cinemas in the Globus Max complex in Ashdod, Aramis Restaurant on the beach and the city's central pubs.

The artists participating in the Festival come from Mediterranean countries, and the performances are unique and intriguing special productions involving leading Israeli artistes together with international performers and ensembles, creating a fascinating and exciting musical mosaic.

Festival performances include:

Balkan star musician Goran Bregovic';  the three brothers from the Spanish Farruquito family in their successful show, TR3S Flamenco;  the Portuguese Fado singer Carminho;  the Israeli Andalusian Orchestra of Ashdod in a one-off original production, "Magic of the Maghreb" with guest performers from Morocco and France;  the Greek clarinetist Vassilis Saleas;  a performance of "A Flute in the Wadi" with Aviva Avidan, Izhar Cohen, Shlomit Aharon and many more;  Kamancha master Mark Eliyahu hosts West Africa's biggest Kora player, Sekou Kouyate;  the Greek ensemble Imam Baildi which has won fans at some of the world's largest music festivals;  the international Israeli Baladino band hosts Micha Shitrit, the Gilad Efrat Ensemble, "Quarter to Africa", Leah Shabbat, the Firqat Al Noor orchestra, Natalie Wamba Berry, and more. 

As well as music, the Festival will host cinematic, culinary and artistic presentations from countries in the Mediterranean basin.

Twelve full length feature movies and leading documentaries will be shown in the Festival framework, accompanied by festive events, premieres, and encounters with their creators from Israel and overseas. 

This year in the Festival: a documentary from Spain about Paco de Lucia with rare archive footage of his life;  for the first time in the Festival, a movie from Bosnia & Herzogovina, a family drama about life in Sarajevo after the war; "Babylon Dreamers", the prize-winning documentary whose heroes live here in Ashdod!  Movies from the excellent Georgian cinema, Israeli premieres of films from Egypt, Iraq, France, Turkey, Algeria, and of course Israel. 

The celebration of cinema will begin with the opening festive screening of the Algerian movie, "Jacqueline the Cow", attended by the film's makers, and a festive performance of the Swing de Gitanes band.

All movies will be shown at the Globus Max complex. 

In the open space between the performance sites:  a Culinary Area provides a platform for the rich Mediterranean cuisine of Ashdod and hosts five of the city's leading restaurant chefs, each with their own signature dish.

As well as the restaurants, visitors can enjoy a colorful market with atmospheric and concept stalls, an authentic drinks bar, a refreshing Greek area, creative corners for children, a book fair, and more.

In the Festival space, next to the Culinary Area, will be the Showcase Stage, with performances open to the general public, which will turn the whole complex into a young and colorful musical happening.

The Showcase Stage will host the artistes and troupes that currently comprise the beating heart of the music scene in Israel, some on the brink of their great breakthrough, and others who are already drawing in the crowds, including:  AVEVA, Tash-Tash, the Cypriot ensemble Drumbouki, Diwan El Banat, Malabi Tropical, La Vache Qui Rit, a special appearance by Yossi Fine with Ben Aylon, D.J. Iyar Semel.

As part of the Festival, The Ashdod Museum of Art will open "The Heart is a Lonely Singer", a new exhibition telling the story of Mizrachi music in Israel from the establishment of the State until it broke into the mainstream of Israeli music in 1997.

Curator:  Eran Litwin.