Archive for the ‘Artists on Art & Israel’ Category

Full interview with comic, Avi Liberman

Lana Melman, CEO of Liberate Art Inc talked with Avi Liberman about comedy and its healing power, the cultural BDS against Israel and what it means to be Jewish as an entertainer.  

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Artists Corner: Comic Avi Liberman helps heal lives with Comedy for Koby

In this segment of a full length interview, Lana Melman – CEO of Liberate Art Inc – talks with comic Avi Liberman who helps heal lives with Comedy for Koby  

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Comic Avi Liberman on BDS

In this segment of a full length interview, Lana Melman – CEO of Liberate Art Inc – talks with comic Avi Liberman about the BDS movement against Israel.

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Comic Avi Liberman: Creating Emissaries / Being Jewish

In this segment of a full length interview, Lana Melman – CEO of Liberate Art Inc – talks with comic Avi Liberman about how artists become emissaries of Israel and what it means to be a Jewish comic.  

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Rock the House for Israel

Support the musical group, BETTY, on April 9 in NYC As a leading expert countering the cultural boycott campaign against Israel, people often ask me — “Why aren’t more artists outspoken supporters of Israel?”  “How can we strengthen ties between Israel and progressive audiences?” Well, meet rock band, BETTY,  outspoken supporters of Israel and critics of BDS, See their […]

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WHY ARTISTS CAN’T PERFORM IN ISRAEL & PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES

The Creative Community for Peace had a noteworthy post on their website yesterday which offered an explanation for the lack of concerts by international artists in the West Bank. Disclaimer – I was the premier director of the organization. Simply stated, it’s because concerts by performers who also perform in Israel are thwarted by the […]

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Israeli Drama About Ultra-Orthodox Brood Gets American Treatment

Posted by Asst-at-Liberate-Art on October 18, 2016 in Artists on Art & Israel |

Hannah K.S. Canter was at NATPE a few years ago, making the rounds with dozens of content producers and creators when she was shown a few snippets of “Shtisel,” an Israeli family drama set in the ultra-Orthodox heart of Jerusalem’s Geula neighborhood. The program, which weaves together the raw, complex, and intensely human stories of […]

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Keshet Ushers in New Fleet of Diverse and Innovative Programming

Posted by Asst-at-Liberate-Art on October 18, 2016 in Artists on Art & Israel |

Israeli media group Keshet is an undisputed force to be reckoned with, and at this year’s Mipcom is betting on the Amazonian jungle for its next big hit. Leading Keshet’s 20-plus Mipcom slate is “Welcome to the Wild,” a next-generation adventure reality format that takes the genre perfected by “Survivor” and “The Amazing Race” and elevates it with […]

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Graffiti Artist Gonzo247 Stands up for Freedom of Expression

Liberate Art interview on freedom of expression with graffiti artist Gonzo247 from Houston, TX at Miami Art Basel Festival, 2015.  

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Singer Joss Stone Calls BDS Counterproductive

While Joss Stone British singer had a blast in Israel she also faced some hateful comments posted on her social media accounts by BDS hate-groups. As opposed to the so many artists who remain silent, Stone posted an open letter on her FB page in which she calls the cultural boycott counterproductive and highly discriminatory.  Dear music lovers ! […]

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“Never Again” – Remembering The Holocaust

Art creates change and preserves history. Here are just some of the films documenting true genocide: Son of Saul Woman in Gold The Pianist Life is Beautiful Sunshine Night Schindler’s List Escape from Sobibor Sophie’s Choice Nuremberg Trials The Diary of Anne Frank

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Steven Wilson on the Cultural Boycott of Israel

Excerpt from the article written by David Brinn:  Meet Steven Wilson, the anti-Roger Waters  You’re not bashful of calling Tel Aviv your second home or touting Israel’s virtues in a climate of artists boycotting the country and badmouthing it. Do you foresee a time when Israel will be considered a ‘normal’ country by people around the […]

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Leonardo DiCaprio describes the power of art to create change.

Posted by Asst-at-Liberate-Art on January 11, 2016 in Artists on Art & Israel |

‪“There’s nothing as transformative as what a film‬, a documentary, can do to get people to care about something else besides their own lives.”     By Dotson Rader for PARADE Magazine‬          

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Enrique Iglesias- “never leaving Tel Aviv!”

Posted by Asst-at-Liberate-Art on December 18, 2015 in Artists on Art & Israel |

“I’m never leaving Tel Aviv!” Enrique Iglesias said at his December 16th performance in Israel.   Original Source: Noa Amouyal @JPost

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Adam Sandler: “I’m very pro-Israel”

Posted by Asst-at-Liberate-Art on December 16, 2015 in Artists on Art & Israel |

“I’m disgusted that they single out Israel that [they say], ‘We can’t play Israel.’”-Adam Sandler (The Howard Stern Show)  Original Source: Rob Eshman @JewishJournal

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Lady Gaga Accepts Woman of the Year Honor at Billboard Women in Music 2015

Posted by Asst-at-Liberate-Art on December 15, 2015 in Artists on Art & Israel |

Gaga explained the vital role of women in the music industry saying “[women have] a perspective no one else can have because we bear life. And because we go through things no one else goes through. And because it’s right. Because we’re all equal.” Original Source: Billboard Staff @Billboard

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Gay Iranian poet flees persecution and finds himself in Israel

Posted by Asst-at-Liberate-Art on December 13, 2015 in Artists on Art & Israel |

Despite being targeted by his government because of his identity and facing crimes against his expression, Payam Feili says “I am not going to stop living my life or change something about my life because the regime threatens me.” He says, “I [will continue] living my life as I [want] to and nothing will affect that.” […]

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Death Metal Lives!

Posted by Asst-at-Liberate-Art on December 9, 2015 in Artists on Art & Israel |

U2 invites Palm Desert’s Eagles of Death Metal to join them in Paris for a performance this past weekend. “These are our brothers, our fellow troubadours, and they were robbed of their stage.” – U2 The band was caught in the violence when terrorists stormed into the Paris club Bataclan last month and killed 89 […]

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Sir Elton John to Perform in Israel in 2016

Posted by Asst-at-Liberate-Art on December 5, 2015 in Artists on Art & Israel |

  The British rock icon has performed in ‪Israel three times thus far and does not let ‪BDS pressure stand in his way. At his 2010 performance in Tel Aviv, John told a sold-out crowd, “Ain’t [nothing] gonna stop me from playing here, baby!” He said, “We are spreading peace and love on this stage […]

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Sean Penn guest of Israeli humanitarian organization IsraAID.

Posted by Asst-at-Liberate-Art on December 2, 2015 in Artists on Art & Israel |

            Sometimes seeing is believing. “Israeli humanitarian organization IsraAID was a source of inspiration in earthquake-battered Haiti” Sean Penn said on Monday in his keynote address at the organization’s Tel Aviv conference. Artists have a unique role in the world. They are a bridge to other cultures. Cultural boycotts not […]

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George Lopez’s Trip to Israel

Posted by Asst-at-Liberate-Art on November 30, 2015 in Artists on Art & Israel |

For George Lopez – “Everything turns political even a trip to Israel that was really just good will, just to meet people.” He describes the people of Israel as “loving, caring and very kind” and says it was “interesting to understand how [they] feel.” True for us all, more so for artists. Lopez who recently […]

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Acco Festival-between Arts and Politics

In the wake of BDS, foreign artists boycotted the largest theater festival in Israel. The artistic director of the Acco Festival talks back,”If these [boycotting] artists have an opinion on the matter, coming here provides an opportunity to share, to listen to that of others, and to get a  glimpse of what’s really going on.”

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Kosha Dillz Op-Ed: My Experience With Anti-Semitism Around the World

Posted by Lana on August 28, 2015 in Artists on Art & Israel |

 Kosha Dillz, who grew up in NY, talks about the discrimination his faces as an Israeli born rapper in Billboard Magazine. “I performed a song in Hebrew on tour to SXSW [South by Southwest], and I was heckled from the crowd with “free Palestine…” All I did was sing a song in Hebrew and Spanish. […]

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