Saturday, May 16, 2009

Pride Program for 2009 - TLV

Below you can see a snippet from Visit Gay Israel website which is the official for LGBT Tourism to Israel.

This year the Parade (June 12th) will end with a FAB beach party you REALLY don't want to miss. Here's a photo from last year:

From TLV-Pride08


This year the 12th of June will be the highlight of pride Tel Aviv month with the biggest parade yet.
Save the date and book your gay vacation to Tel Aviv here.

1.6.09, Monday
Gay Month 2009 Opening Event
Along with "Portraits of Our Community - 2003-2005" Exhibition by Rafi Peretz
and a Special Screening of the movie "Gay Days" by Yair Qedar, sponsored by "YES"
Location: 8pm, Gay Center, at Meir Garden

4.6.09, Thursday
Big Street Party
The official opening party for Gay Month 2009
Sponsored by "Evita Bar" and Shirazi
Location: 8pm ,"Evita Bar", Yavne Street

5.6.09, Friday
Launching of "Tel Aviv Gay Tour" On behalf of The Association for Tourism Tel Aviv-Jaffa

Departing: 10am from the "Founders Monument" at the corner of Rothschild Blvd & Nachalat Binyamin Street

7.6.09, Sunday
"Pride Kalavassa Party"
Location: 11pm, "Ashmoret Club", 10 Rothschild Blvd

11.6.09, Thursday
"Pop Ring parties presents: Pre Gay Parade Party
Location: 10pm, The Theatre Club, Jaffa

12.6.09, Friday
Pride Events 2009
The Pride Fair at Meir Garden & Gay Tourism Fair, 10am onwards
1pm - Departing The Gay Parade 2009
3pm – The Gay Parade Beach Party at Gordon Beach

Official Pride Parties
11pm Ha'oman 17 mega night club
& The TLV night club

Mess-E-B – B-sexual party
11pm at Ha'mechoga Club
4 Ha'mechoga Street

13.6.09, Saturday
"Aqua Med - Women Pride Party
6pm, Surprising Location

19.6.09, Friday
Transgender Art Exhibition
Location: The Theatre Club, Jaffa

"Big Boys 6th Anniversary Party
Location: 10pm, the Theatre Club, Jaffa

20.6.09, Saturday
Transgender Art Exhibition
Location: The Theatre Club, Jaffa

23.6.09, Tuesday
TLV Fest
Opening of the 4th Tel Aviv International LGBT Cinema Festival
Location: The Tel Aviv Cinematheque
For more details click here

24.6.09, Wednesday

TLV Fest
The 4th Tel Aviv International LGBT Cinema Festival
Location: The Tel Aviv Cinematheque & at the Gay Center, Meir Garden

25.6.09, Thursday
TLV Fest
The 4th Tel Aviv International LGBT Cinema Festival
Location: The Tel Aviv Cinematheque & at the Gay Center, Meir Garden

Pop Ring 8th Anniversary Party
Location: 10pm, the Theatre Club, Jaffa

26.6.09, Friday
TLV Fest
The 4th Tel Aviv International LGBT Cinema Festival
Location: The Tel Aviv Cinematheque & at the Gay Center, Meir Garden

27.6.09, Saturday
TLV Fest
The 4th Tel Aviv International LGBT Cinema Festival
Location: The Tel Aviv Cinematheque & at the Gay Center, Meir Garden

Gay Month 2009 Final Party
Location: 10pm, "Chich Beach" at Gordon Beach

Rock it!

Tel-Aviv Pride 2009

Tel-Aviv centennial brought to the city a chain of massive events and lots of fun that makes the city what it is but in higher dozes.

Pride in Tel-Aviv usually takes place in June of each year with no exception for 2009. The exception for this year is with a richer then ever program and events planned for the gay, lesbian, bi-sexuals transgenders and friends.

While the city council worked hard and collected the community's thought leaders reason for Pride - YouTube and the LGBT Center (of the city council) are allowing the crowd to post their reason for pride.

Visit the dedicated channel for Pride in Tel-Aviv (TLV) and see the beautiful people of Israel featuring their pride. Even if you're an English speaking fella - do not hesitate and post a video response.

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict with Clarity

My friend Guy who's also living in Dublin wrote a brilliant piece on his facebook profile about the conflict and the things that are going on around the Middle East. I love his piece so much that I've decided to post it here. It might look a little long but will swamp you in...

It has taken me 10 days and 3 years to break a silence which I now must break. I do not know where to begin, so I guess the best place is in my heart.

Yesterday afternoon, I was sitting at the reception desk at the hotel, checking various news websites. When I read about the Israeli missile attack on Gaza which killed 6 Palestinian children in a building, I started crying. Right there, at the desk. I am heartbroken, tormented and shattered over what's been going on in the Middle-East and how many people are dying each day. But that moment was truly heartbreaking.... How has it comes to this???? Following the tragic events of the past ten days, as well as recent remarks, posts, private messages and certain 'group invitations' have forced me to speak up about something I feel very strongly about: Peace.

True, I have posted a small number of articles myself, which I believe reflect a more balanced view of the reality on the ground. I did this against my better judgment, because as a person living outside Israel, I am many times forced to bite my tongue and be the bigger person - in the face of distorted facts and 'two cent' peace proposals, offered to me at smoking areas.

I am very political person. Any person from Israel is such, but I especially have an interest in global politics, issues and justice. I have studied, experienced and reported the middle-east conflict for many years, be it at school the army or college, and I have a few things I need to say.

For starters, everyone has the right to their own opinion. God knows I do! But it is important that if one is to bring up a topic, discuss it or offer advice, one should know the background, context and complexity of the matter. News reports from Ireland are sadly, extremely one sided. They did not mention the years of rocket attacks on Israel, and only broke out in widespread coverage once Israel could no longer suffer at the hands of terrorists. For this reason, I understand why many people do not understand both sides of the story. I blame the media, of which I am part of (in a way).

Secondly, I encourage each and every person who has an opinion, question or comment regarding the situation to first put themselves in the shoes of both sides. It's been a while since a bus exploded in downtown Dublin, and too many people have forgotten what its like to live with the constant threat of terror attacks. People's short memories piss me off. My family back home have to check the bus when they board it for 'anyone with a big coat', they must avoid big gatherings as they fear it would be 'an easy target', fear going to the mall and some must constantly run to shelter when an alarm goes off in the case of a missile attack.

Also, I ask that if people insist on debating this highly contentious issue, they do so with the knowledge and acceptance that they have a right to their opinion, but not to lecture anyone who has actually lived through it. If people insist on sending me articles, comments and stuff of that nature, I ask they first read up about the subject (try the Wikipedia clippings I posted) so they actually know who rules the Gaza strip, how Israel doesn't occupy it anymore, and how Israel did in fact offer the Palestinians a 2000 deal which could have ended this mess.

Having said that, I wish to stress one important opinion which I have: Israel is obviously pissed off, and is demonstrating its force. Too strongly. There are too many Palestinian casualties. 1 is too many in my book. Lives are lost, families torn apart. Its heartbreaking. But my heart also breaks for Israelis dying, and living in constant fear of missiles.

I also happen to know (Through my army experience) that many Hammas terrorists use kids playgrounds as missile launching sites, and hospitals to store weapon stockpiles. There is no need to contest this, as I have personally witnessed it. I also know that for years, Hammas has spent money not in rebuilding the Gaza infrastructure, but instead in carving out underground tunnels and traps, further deepening their terrorist operations. International aid rarely reaches the Palestinian people. This isnt because Israel doesnt allow it in. Yes, that is true at times because many 'aid' ships often harbor guns and ammo. It is because hammas steal if and then sell it to their own people for a jacked up price.

So if you wanna talk about the Middle-East, please do. But read up on it first, and then come back to me with an INFORMED OPINION. Get the facts. Anything else is, as my lecturer Barry Finnegan says: 'a rant'.

One more thing...

For the record: I have always voted left-wing and in support of a Palestinian state.

I'm from the Middle-East. Anyone who isn't from there, really has no business acting all superior claiming to know the solution to a century of war. No one knows better than the Palestinians or the Israelis, when it comes to the Middle-East conflict and the high cost of war.

So in the words of Steve Jobs:

"So now I've said more than I wanted to say, and all that I am going to say, about this."



For more information on how the international news coverage is framed and set to showcase a particular angle of a story, I encourage all to explore the topic of "Media Effects Research: The Event As Event And The Event As News" and have a read of:

Noelle-Neumann, Elisabeth & Rainer Mathes, 1987. "The 'Event As Event' and the 'Event As News': the Significance of 'Consonance' for Media Effects Research", in, European Journal of Communicaitons, Vol. 2, 391-414.


Tuesday, October 14, 2008

The best of Tel-Aviv

The past summer has been ridiculously busy. Work has been very intense and I had quite a few visitors from all over.

Having visitors made my time very joyful. Since they came separately I found myself showing them the direction to the same places which all made their experience even nicer. It was a winning combination of great weather, food, music laughs and many good looking people (how superficial..)

So here I am writing a bunch of posts listing the nice places tourists might not get to without having local contacts. Whereas in many cities Lonely Planet is up-to-date; with constantly-changing Tel-Aviv it is just too difficult for them to keep up the pace.

So that what's coming soon...
It's all about food
Places I love
Night life

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Google Developer Day - Israel

Hey folks,

In case some of you might have missed the news that The Google developer day is hitting Israel early November.

It is a great opportunity to discover some of the neat features Google products can offer and cool mash-ups you can all create for your projects/businesses.

Open Social, Gears and AppEngine to mention a few will be presented there as well as mobile and Android. The sessions are going to be held by experts some of which you probably already heard of.

It is going to be an exciting day with superb networking opportunities in an Google style environment.

If you are a developer - don't miss it. It is of course free of charge.