Last week, Armenian Prime Minister
Nikol Pashinyan and his wife Anna Hakobyan arrived in Los Angeles and went to
City Hall for an historic first time visit. The event was hosted by Councilman
Paul Krekorian, LA City Council’s first elected Armenian American. They were
greeted by thousands of people, excited by the visit. Los Angeles is home to the largest Armenian
community outside of Armenia.
At the visit, Mayor Eric Garcetti
addressed the Armenian visitors and said:
“You make Los Angeles what it is, truly a city of angels. A place where in times of division, in times of hatred, in times of splitting us in two – everybody belongs here. And every Armenian feels as if LA is their second home; you belong to the city.”
Japanese culture is alive and well
from Tel Aviv to Los Angeles. One
individual who can attest to the Tel Aviv, Israel part is Mozes
Victor Konig. Last week, he had the opportunity to enjoy Japan
Day courtesy of the Tikotin Museum of Japanese Eat.
Hosted by Tel Aviv’s Embassy of Japan,
for the last 11 years this event is intended to offer families a taste of
Japanese culture within a Japanese-based atmosphere.
“I found it to be a really hands-on
experience of Japanese culture,” Mozes
Victor Konig, Tel Aviv, Israel
based photographer said. “Getting a
taste of the tradition, hearing the language and meeting Japanese people living
in Tel Aviv is about as real as it gets,” he said.
“This actually gave me a taste for
learning more about Japanese culture.
Next time I’m in Los Angeles – hopefully at Thanksgiving time – I would
like to visit the exhibition taking place at Japan House, ‘Bakeru: Transforming
Spirits.’ It is very hands-on for kids which is appealing to me as there is an
interactive display whereby you put masks on which – with the aid of digital
technology – turns them into Japanese folklore figures. Tales include: Shishi
Odori (beast dance), Nahamage (deity frightening kids who misbehave) and more.”
Japanese-Israeli relations have been
improving in the last five to ten years.
In 2015, the Japanese PM, Shinzo Abe, visited Israel; the first time in
a decade a Japanese PM had ever made the trip.
The idea behind the trip was to improve relations between the two
countries and this has been happening ever since.
Los Angeles enjoyed its first ever Frieze Art Fair last week. Between 15 and 17 February, the Fair – which has already been in New York and London – reached LA and was held at Paramount Pictures Studios, Hollywood.
Endeavor Agency brought Salma Hayek,
Serena Williams and Tobey Maguire to the fair.
Featured there were the following: Doug Aitken, Judy Chicago, Karon
Davis, Mike Kelley, Ed Ruscha and Cindy Sherman. Crowds swarmed the fair and all tickets were
sold. Opening night was attended by the
rich and famous including: Brad Pitt, James Corden, Leonardo DiCaprio, Michael
Keaton and Brad Pitt. But they were not
the ones the fair was after (except for the publicity); rather the fair is
interested in agents and producers who are looking to buy such as Jim Ginapulous,
head of Paramount Studios.
A few hours into the fair, Hauser & Wirth put $1.8m forward from a private European foundation for a Mike Kelley installation; this was the most expensive piece sold at the fair. The next most expensive was Yayoi Kusami’s Infinity Nets at Lévy Gorvyy for $1.6 million.
Later on this year (from October 16th to the 21st), Ireland is coming to LA. An Irish government trade and cultural extravaganza will showcase live Irish creativity and innovation for those in the LA region. It was launched in July by An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, An Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald and performer PantiBliss.
Aimed at supporting a wide range of government agencies (such as The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade The Irish Film Board, Culture Ireland, Creative Ireland, IDA Ireland, Tourism Ireland), the Irish Government is completely on board with the upcoming event. And as An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said: “The Irish Government is very happy to lend support to Ireland Week and the Connect 353 conference in Los Angeles this October. There is significant potential for growing trade & economic links between Ireland and the Los Angeles region. This initiative should help our agencies to promote Ireland as an attractive location for trade and investment.”
Already in July a connection between the two entities was being formed as Ireland’s Local Funky Feet team members went to LA to represent their country in the World Championships of Performing Arts, bringing home 88 medals from the event!