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Chai Folk Ensemble
Photo by Keith Levit


Winnipeg, MB - For yearsafter its founding, Shalom Square – theIsrael Pavilion – is now an eagerly anticipated annual staple of Folklorama. From August 8 to 12, pavilion guests can take a whirlwind tour of exciting,exceptionally diverse dance from Israel, with internationallyrenowned and Winnipeg’s own Chai Folk Ensemble and Anajnu Veatem, MexicoCity’s premier Israeli dance troupe.  Together, they bring to lifethe best of Israeli folklore and culture through music, song and dance.

"Eachyear during Folklorama, we try to keep our audiences intrigued with theselection of songs and dances reflecting the cultural richness of Israel,”shares Gayle Waxman, Rady JCC executive director. “The Rady JCC is honoured to have the privilegeof hosting the Shalom Square Israeli Pavilion once again.  The Israelipavilion continues to welcome guests from all over the world.  The pavilionitself fosters the spirit of community and inclusiveness – values thatare also very important to the Rady.  We are especially thrilled as wehave two world class Israeli folk groups performing for the first time on the Shalom  Square stage.”

During thefirst time that the Chai Folk Ensemble and Anajnu Veatem met at the 2011Festival Aviv – it was clear that the two dance companies made anextraordinary connection.  The Israeli pavilion presented a greatopportunity for collaboration – twenty dancers are traveling from Mexico  City to perform with Chai and to showcase their creativerepertoire.  Anajnu Veatem — which means “Us and You” inHebrew began 41 years ago in Mexico.  They are atraditional Jewish dance group, but they also represent the cultural diversityof Mexico. Anajnu has toured the United  States, throughout Mexico and attended manyinternational Festivals.

Alongwith delicious hummus, falafel, tasty dessert and the cold cool tasteof Maccabee Israeli beer, guests will be able to savour the breathtakingbreadth of cultural displays and musical performances showcasing the best of Israel - provingthat Shalom Square is apavilion you won’t want to miss at this year’s Folklorama.

 ShalomSquare - Israeili Pavilion

August 12 – 18, 2012

 Show Time:
Sun - Thu 6:45, 8:15, 9:45pm
Fri 5:15, 6:45pm
Sat 9:45, 11:15pm

Sun - Thu 6:00 - 11:00pm
Fri 4:30 - 8:00pm
Closed from 8pm on Friday until 9pm on Saturdayfor Sabbath

 Dinner Reservations
(204) 477-7534 

Tamar Barr

ProgramDirector / Shalom Square Pavilion Coordinator

[email protected]


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