Nestled along a beautiful tree-lined street at Redfern is Kepos Street Kitchen, where chef and owner Michael Rantissic draws on the best of his childhood meals while growing up in Israel. Mix these family recipes with some classical training and a constantly-developing palate and you’ll have dining devotees return for a menu steeped in strong Mediterranean influence with a Middle Eastern twist.
Israel-based Etsy store SturlesiDesign makes all these minimalistic laser-engraved night lights and decorative lamps that, what with their geometric designs, are pretty darn cool. The one of the unicorn is really beautiful, while you can also opt for a lamp in the form of other (real) animals like a reindeer, a penguin, an elephant and […]
Jewish Israeli photographer Natav Dvir created Eighteen, a series of photographs that attempts to bridge the gap between Jewish and Arab teenagers in Israel. He says his goal was to challenge ‘the widespread misconceptions and stereotypes of the people within my own country who I was brought up to consider more as foes rather than […]
Welcome to the only underwater bar in the world! Enjoy exotic seafood and meat dishes in style as you wine and dine under the sea at the Red Sea Star. Plan your next party there. Be the talk of all your friends. Or maybe go above, then beyond, to propose to that special someone. It’s the […]
Ed Eckstein’s latest series focuses on an unlikely and often overlooked subject: shrouded cars. His series was shot on the busy streets of Israel, which provide a contrasting background to the bleached tarps covering the cars. This collection of photographs is calming with an almost ghostly atmosphere.
Gardens, full of mystery and an intangible magic. The centre piece of the gardens in Haifa is The Shrine of The Bab. This is the most beautiful building I’ve ever seen. It has a strange quality to it, as if it has life, or a presence. I’ve never experienced that from an inanimate object before. But like the Taj Mahal in India, it was a building project invested with such a huge amount of love and designs for the ultimate expression of beauty that it now shimmers with these qualities.
Hakibutz is an underground cooperative art project. It’s a part of a community called ’empty house’, a group of artists that work together in Jerusalem with no financial benefit. Apparently they ‘invade’ places that been abandoned and neglected for years for all kinds of different reasons and for several months they rebuild and rehabilitate it […]
Sail The Seven Seas is a new ‘conscious’ womenswear label which transforms distressed Israeli combat uniforms and vintage fabrics into beautiful urban casual garments for the modern-day independent, environmentally and politically aware woman. The label has just presented its debut Spring/Summer 2013 collection, which comprises of nine one-off pieces, each one unique and exceptionally crafted on an artisanal scale by the designer and experienced seamstress Josette Temim in Tel Aviv.
Yell Saccani is a photographer from Israel with a stunning portfolio that focuses on the dark side of humans. Many of Saccani’s photos remind me of Edward Munch, in particular her series where she features people that scream. Capturing her motifs mostly in movement, she has a way of creating an atmosphere of despair that I find quite haunting.
Nadav Bagim is a photographer from Ramat-Gan, Israel. His WonderLand images are created by using unique but simple artificial lighting and household objects from vegetables to plastic bags. The photos are shot inside a miniature studio. The insects were found in his apartment and on plants outside his window. They were not harmed during shooting.
Does Israel use the Holocaust as an excuse for their continued issues with the Palestine people? According to this film, yes. Are people who criticise Israel’s foreign policy often unfairly labelled anti-Semitic? Again, yes according to this brilliant documentary made by an Israeli-Jew. Instead of passing judgment himself, filmmaker Yoav Shamir is smart enough to put himself and his camera in the right places, surrounded by the right people, and let the people damn themselves.
The Israel-turn-Sydneysider Lior has a wonderful ability to turn the mundane of the everyday into delicious slices of saccharine sweet folk music. We caught up with on the cusp of his much anticipated sophomore studio release, Corner of an Endless Road. Considering Autumn Flow was so well received (and multi-award winning) were you anxious or intimidated about releasing a follow-up? ‘Absolutely. At the beginning I was and it was a little bit daunting because I went from doing my first album, which was really just an artistic project and I didn’t really think anyone would care, and then you’ve got to work hard to shake off the expectations and all the stuff they talk about. So I just had fun with it and went back into the headspace where I was writing songs for myself again, not for other people and not with anyone in mind. It was hard, but I got there in the end’.