DJ Adir Ron from Tel Aviv – started djing about three years ago in local gay venues/clubs and instantly became one of hottest and biggest names in the vibrant gay scence in TLV. Adir is Currently a resident and plays at Israel’s biggest clubs such as HaOman 17, TLV, Comfort 13 and many more. Adir plays a varity of House music and is well known for his original mixes and mashups giving a personal touch to his sets.
I specialize in a variety of House Music with a strong affiliation for the New York genre mixed with oriental and middle eastern sounds. I have a special soft spot for emotional vocals and strongly believe that the dance floor is the best place to lose yourself inside the lyrics & beats.Who are some of the artists/DJs that have influenced your music ?
I think Israel’s DJ’s and producers are the best in the world. I’m proud to be influenced by the Tel Aviv scene especially artists like Offer Nissim and Yinon Yahel. In regards to international artist, my music has been influenced by Avicii, Swedish House Mafia, David Guetta and the Freemasons.
Where is your favourite place to play ?
Although I have played at the biggest clubs in Israel (such as Oman 17 and Opera), my favorite place would definitely be the TLV club. This is first club I’ve ever been to for a gay party and it changed my life in so many ways. When I play there, I see myself in the crowd and feel a great sense of connection with the audience.
Does being Israeli influence the type of music you produce ? how so ?
I think being Israeli has had a great deal of influence on my musical style. Tel Aviv is a mix between a very modern and vibrate gay scene and an old fashioned and middle eastern place. As a producer and a DJ this mixture helps me create a unique sound.
How are you received internationally ?
Over the years, I’ve focused my career in Tel Aviv and the local gay scene that I love very much. This year, I started working with an International agent which resulted in booking gigs in clubs across North America and Europe. The weirdest place I’ve ever played in was in Ivory Coast while travelling in Africa, it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Would you consider Tel Aviv to be a top LGBTQ destination ?
HELL YES!!! If you’re gay and you’ve never been here: this is a must. The music is amazing, the guys are hot, the beach is beautiful and the sin is everywhere – I say, what more do you need?!
And of course, Does size matter ? (…in regards to Israel of course)
Size definitely matters. However, what Israel lacks in kilometers of land we compensate for elsewhere…
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The Jerusalem Development Authority and the Jerusalem municipality invited the public to partake of an unprecedented culinary tourism event with the Old City Flavors Festival. For the first time ever, the gates of the four quarters of the Old City were opened in the evening and at night to reveal a wealth of unique, authentic restaurants along with music events, ethnic food markets, and arts and crafts fairs and workshops. The festival began on Sunday, March 27 and runs through Thursday, March 31, every evening between 18:00 and 23:00.
According to Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, the festival is a celebration of the city’s diversity and cultural richness and the latest in a long line of events that have been furthering Jerusalem’s status as an international tourist attraction in recent years.
“Jerusalem is a breathtaking mosaic of cultures that came into being thanks to the singular, wonderful human variety that characterizes the city’s population,” Barkat said in a statement. “Jerusalem gives voice to many historical epochs, traditions, customs and art from many grand sources. This culinary festival is another step in the development of Jerusalem as a national and international tourist attraction.”
Moty Hazan, the CEO of the Jerusalem Development Authority (JDA), said that the festival was another initiative of the JDA aimed at “enriching the experience of tourists to the Old City and encouraging Israeli tourists to connect to the wonders of Jerusalem.” Hazan added that the JDA promoted many events in the Old City throughout the year, “revitalizing the nightlife scene and increasing activity hours for the benefit of all.”
Indeed, the Old City Flavors Festival offers a remarkable opportunity to discover the secret flavors and aromas of the Old City and the unique, delicate fabric of life in the Christian, Jewish, Muslim and Armenian quarters in the nighttime hours.
Throughout every evening, seven activity centers – Jaffa Gate, Damascus Gate, Muristan Square, the Hurva Square, the Davidson Center, the Cardo, and the Armenian Quarter Courtyard – will host food and arts and crafts markets and various workshops. At the same time, special meals will be hosted in the restaurants of the Old City. The man behind the choices of participating restaurants is Chef Assaf Granit, who has become something of a Jerusalem institution himself with such eateries as Adom, Lavan and Colony serving up some of the best food in the city from under his meticulous hands.
Cooking classes, given by the staff of the Teamim School of culinary arts, will be held in the Cardo, while wine workshops will be held in the nearby Jerusalem wine shop. These will be given by Yoram Cohen, the owner and winemaker at the critically acclaimed Tanya winery as well as one of the contestants on the latest Israeli season of ‘Big Brother.’ In order to round out the experience of festival-goers, jazz concerts will be given on the walls of the Old City, and tours winding between the various quarters, markets and restaurants will be held every evening, including some in English.
Some of the activities are free. It should be noted that the restaurants in the Armenian, Christian and Muslim quarters are not kosher.
The Israeli Flying Aid is a non-profit, non governmental organization based in Israel and founded by Gal Lousky. over a thousand volunteer of the IFA risk their lives by going to provide life saving aid to populations who suffered natural disasters or human conflicts, in countries that have no diplomatic relations and are considered enemies of Israel.
Lady Gaga joining long list of international artists in talks to perform in Israel this summer
Lady Gaga, the world’s biggest pop star and one of its most provocative celebrities, is joining the long list of artists in talks to perform in Israel this summer, even though she has already performed in the country in the summer of 2009.Last week we wrote of Bob Dylan’s plans to play a concert in Israel on June 20 and earlier this month it was Shakira who flirted with the Israeli fans with a possible stop in Tel Aviv during her European tour. Now, it’s Lady Gaga’s turn, again.
If Gaga does decide to show up, it won’t be a surprise at all, as the first lady of pop is very popular amongst Israeli fans. In fact, she is so popular that a group of fans, who call themselves “the Little Monsters from Israel”, has uploaded a clip to YouTube this week dedicated to Lady Gaga and calling her to return to Israel during the upcoming “Born This Way” tour, which is based on her soon to be released album.
Gaga’s first performance in Israel was on August, 2009. While a massive celebrity at the time, her concert was still overshadowed by Madonna’s two gigs in two days at the same time.
The terms of Gaga’s return to Israel are being negotiated with the help of officials from the Jewish communities in Canada, the United States as well as Israel’s minister of tourism, who would like to see her in Israel as a part of a tourism campaign.
It’s still not clear who will produce the show and who will be the lead sponsor, but due to Gaga’s massive popularity, neither should be hard to find. But what is clear is that should the show occur, it won’t be before the end of May due to Gaga’s current tour in the US and Mexico.
Last week, Lady Gaga also became the first person with over 9 million Twitter followers. Let’s hope her next tweet is “Israel, here I come”.