News in Brief

Ilit Azoulay sells work to Pompidou Center

A work by Israeli artist Ilit Azoulay was bought for the contemporary art collection of the Pompidou Center in Paris. The work, Room #8, was finished in 2011. It is large, 500 by 75 centimeters, in four parts. The Pompidou Center has bought a special, full version with all the parts connected in a single, long strip. The Braverman Gallery in Tel Aviv, which represents Azoulay, made the sale. Azoulay, 40, studied at Bezalel. ‏(Ellie Armon Azoulay‏)

Morning show to be scrapped for selling spots to companies

The Second Authority for Television and Radio ordered Channel 10 to stop broadcasting its morning program with Orna Datz because it had been selling spots on the show to companies. The program, said the Authority in its announcement, will end within two weeks after the authority conducted a thorough investigation of the alleged selling of airtime to commercial firms in violation of regulations. The investigation started after a marketing representative of the show offered a company the change to have its manager appear on the show in return for payment. The representative explained how many times the manager would appear and for how long − and the price. The company then complained to the Authority. Other, similar complaints were received later. Channel 10 said it would make the appropriate changes in the program, but denied selling airtime. ‏(Gili Izikovich‏)

Israeli soprano wins int’l competition

Israeli soprano Gan-ya Ben-gur Akselrod won first place on Saturday night in an international competition for young singers in Vienna. Ben-gur Akselrod, 25, won the Hilde Zadek prize, worth 7,000 euros. The competition is held every other year. The participants sing 12 operatic or artistic works, including modern ones. Among the judges were opera singers Christa Ludwig and Brigitte Fassbander, as well as Zadek herself. ‏(Haggai Hitron‏)

Nat’l Library launches NIS 5,000 scholarship

The National Library of Israel announced this week a new scholarship program for new writers just starting their career. The idea is to increase the awareness of Israeli readers and writers about the National Library’s activities, and to encourage writers to use the library’s services. The scholarships will go to writers of prose who published their first book in the past five years with a recognized publisher in Israel. The writers who win the awards will be required to spend at least two days a week at the library in Jerusalem for a year, and to take part in the library’s cultural activities and programs. Two writers will be chosen every year and will receive NIS 5,000 a month − and will also be entitled to sleeping arrangements in the capital during the program at the library’s expense. Candidates can apply until April 25. Details can be found on the Library’s website. ‏(Maya Sela‏)

Multilingualism is theme of Metula poetry festival in May

The 16th Metula Poetry Festival will be held May 13-16 in the northern town. The artistic director for the second consecutive year is the poet, translator and scholar Uri Hollander. This year’s theme is the exploration of multilingualism in new Israeli poetry. The festival will examine writers torn between different worlds of language from a number of different perspectives. Haim Guri will be honored in advance of his 90th birthday at an event in which songs he has written will be performed. The festival will also honor acclaimed Yiddish poet Abraham Sutzkever, whose 100th birthday falls this year. The Teva Prize for Poetry, worth NIS 20,000, will be awarded to a nascent poet at the festival. ‏(Maya Sela‏)