Sometimes I’m ahead of my time when I post about people, bands, places or things and sometimes I’m behind. Remember, I have a good reason: I had a baby 🙂 One of those spots I forgot to share with you out there is Yafo Creative.
“Yafo Creative is a guest house* and creative content center** in the heart of Jaffa — A multi-disciplinary production hub where projects are ideated and developed by our community of Israeli and international artists.”
*The house was established in 2014, and gained a fast reputation for its exclusive Friday dinners featuring some of the most
exciting local artists, who organically started performing after meals. Artists of all backgrounds – music, dance or visual art, started an interdisciplinary dialogue. The newly renovated space is nestled in a secret spot in Jaffa and offers four elegant and design rooms featuring 50-ft-high ceilings suitable for one or two guests, each with a Queen-sized handmade eucalyptus bed, local vintage furniture and changing art exhibitions. Yafo Creative offers travelers insider guidance and a unique opportunity to connect and collaborate with locals in an authentic, dynamic and inspirational spot in Israel. Room price is 90$ and more info can be found on Airbnb.
**The Yafo Creative community consists of international and local artists, tastemakers and producers, who together, bring culture to a wider audience around the world, as well as international culture to Israel through various channels, including pop-up events, monthly ‘creative dinners’, theatrical productions, exhibitions, films, music and photography. Yafo Creative develops select artists within the community through strategic channels and services — including branding, multimedia production and filmmaking — to further promote local art and spark new conversation and collaboration, crossing boundaries of genre and medium.
I recently went there to hear my friend and personal genius Rotem Bar Or (from the band The Angelcy) perform solo during an “intimate session” and luckily he played my new favorite song, untitled and unreleased; here’s a glimpse for your ears only:
On Tuesday May 20th theAngelcy will be performing live at the Barby to celebrate the release of their well expected album ‘Exit Inside’. TheAngelcy, a most unusual Israeli Indie band, speaks of a very personal, local and contemporary reality in universal, international English that is both simple and poetic. The band’s music is being arranged in a tiny room in one of the most under developed neighborhoods in Tel Aviv, and from there reaches hundreds of thousands of listeners around the world, featured on radio, television and cinema, and of course on stage, in venues and festival in Israel and abroad” Tickets: www.barby.co.il 03-5188123 https://www.youtube.com/user/theAngelcyOfficial
On Sunday May 25th, the stage of the prestigious Habima National Theater will have French-Italian singer-songwriter Carla Bruni-Sarkozy. She will perform her first concert in Tel Aviv ever. Her 2 biggest hits are “Quelqu’un m’a dit” and “Raphaël” have over 20 million views on Youtube. Until today, Carla Bruni has sold more than 3 million albums. During her modeling career, she has been the muse for several international luxury brands. Carla Bruni said to be “crazy about Israel”, a country that she really wants her son to discover. She will be visiting the country with her husband and ex French president Nicolas Sarkozy.
Tel Aviv is living good show business times these days. Lots of international artists are heading our way this summer. I myself am currently working on the amazing Justin Timberlake show, happening Wednesday May 28th at the Park Hayarkon – Tickets: www.leaan.co.il *8780.
Also on the menu for the summer of 2014: The Rolling Stones, Pixies, Soundgarden, The Hives, Gogol Bordello, Lana Del Rey, America, Backstreet Boys and for the first time in Israel, the brand new Electronic Dance Festival “Isle of Dreams” happening in Turkey, Switzerland and Israel – including DJ’s such as Avicii, Fedde Legrand, Alesso, Andy Baxter, Chuckie, Jamie Jones, Nervo, Sasha, Paul Oakenfold, Steve Aoki and many more – more info soon.
Rak be’Israel (only in Israel) can you find those weekly Saturday gatherings of Israeli folk dancers on the Tel Aviv tayelet (boardwalk). They’ve been there for years, attracting not only pure dance aficionados but passers by from around the world. So many pictures and videos taken. Have a look at this tv item broadcasted on France2 a few years ago: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PtrWXUt3NyM – at 1’43”
We shouldn’t really call them folk dancers since most of the dances and choreographies evolve with contemporary Israeli music. It started of as Israeli folk dancing, which is a dance form usually performed to music from Israel, with dances choreographed for specific songs. Most Israeli dances are performed in a circle, although there are also partner dances and line dances. For our Belgian readers interested in learning to dance Israeli Folk Dance, contact Rikske from Isradans
Personally, I find it amazing and it brings me joy and happiness to see that this is what people do on their Saturdays. Quality of life. Have a look:
Here’s some nostalgia footage of what it used to be like
Or this one by Avi Toledano at the 1979 Eurovision
Working as a freelance producer you hop from one intense time job to another. When you have some time off in between (AND you finish all your other to-dos) it’s a pleasure to spend it creatively and passionately. Do you know that feeling when people just give each other great ideas and energies to go DO something creative? That’s called inspiration. I wish more people would have this kind of effect on each other and would use even their fears, demons and tears for producing positive things instead of wasting time on complaining whining & moaning. “Excelsior” – for those who’ve seen Silver Linings Playbook. Life is beautiful, we just need to see it, be grateful and embrace it, even in darkness. ‘There’s a crack in everything, that’s how the light comes in’ (L.Cohen)
We only needed a few minutes to throw some ideas and the girl was already filming. Shiran Pomerantz is the name and photography is her game. She likes Lana Del Rey, I like Leonard Cohen so the song choice was easily made. Black & White for the vibe. Location: my house. Shiran’s Canon 60D. She would edit it and in a few hours it was already online. We weren’t supposed to get any lighting, props, production or hair and make-up but by total coincidence some colleagues were using my back terrace for a TV-shoot so we ‘borrowed’ their hair services. While filming the intro, the Babyliss slipped out of the hairdresser’s hand and landed warmly on my shoulder. No panic, just some skin off, lots of cream, helping hands and a pretty wound. They say my skin heals fast. And then it leaves you with a little scar…
With temperature rising in Antwerp it’s time to dig up the old Summer Essential’s theme. Here are some things, i can not spend any summer without:
After spending a day with my face in the sun my skin tends to feel dry and looks dehydrated. And we would not want to look like our mom’s old leather handbag, do we now? Not only is my skin easily dehydrated, it is easily irritated as well. That’s why i only use Kiehl’s. Their products are made out of the finest naturally derived ingredients so my face doesn’t turn all red from bad chemical reactions.
Great summermusic and pretty summerdresses!
What’s a summer without a great read? Since free time is more or less becoming a luxury, i can really enjoy those moments when the evening sets, and i’m sitting in the garden totally losing myself in a good book.
Places you can only reach by bike, like Bar Left on Linkeroever. Perfect for a little swim as well, as the Galgenweel lake is only 50m away from the entrance. (Right picture by the lovely Alain Deloin)