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Kiryat Arba to Launch Impressive New Cultural Center

The new cultural center in Kiryat Arba will bring Israel's best shows to town and will be geared to all audiences.
By Elad Benari, Canada
First Publish: 9/9/2011, 10:44 PM

Kiryat Arba cultural center
Kiryat Arba cultural center
Israel News photo: PR

The community of Kiryat Arba is preparing for the official opening of its cultural center, the first one in the community. The center will host productions from Israel’s largest theaters as well as plays, musical performances, dance performances, community events and more.

The center will officially open on Monday, September 19, in an event attended by Knesset Speaker MK Reuven Rivlin (Likud), Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Development of the Negev and the Galilee Silvan Shalom, mayor of Kiryat Arba Malachi Levinger, guests and local residents.

The opening event will feature the official launch of a painting exhibition by international artist and local resident Baruch Nachshon. The special evening will also include a performance by Israeli singer David D’Or who will be accompanied by five musicians.

In the coming months, the Kiryat Arba cultural center plans to present several of Israel’s greatest shows, including “Tuesdays with Morrie,” a co-production by the Cameri Theatre in Tel Aviv and the Haifa Theatre, the Cameri’s “Pollard” about the story of Jonathan Pollard, several shows from the Beit Lessin Theatre in Tel Aviv, and several children’s shows as well.

“The population of Kiryat Arba-Hevron, which includes secular Jews, religious Jews, new immigrants and veteran residents, is a culture and art seeking population,” Kiryat Arba Mayor Malachi Levinger said Thursday. “The new cultural center will provide a solution for many residents who currently have to travel many miles to watch performances and plays. In light of the great demand and out of a desire to give culture its rightful place in Kiryat Arba-Hevron and in all of Judea, we worked to build a new first-class cultural center.”

Levinger added, “In just a few days, Kiryat Arba-Hevron will be on Israel’s cultural map and will be the focus of extensive cultural activity in a variety of performing arts including, dance, music and theater.”

The new hall was designed by architect David Braslavy, who noted, “The new center has 400 seats and was built using the accepted standard in luxury performance halls, with padded, comfortable theater chairs in rows that are well spaced out.”

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