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Summer 2015 Newsletter
Dear Friends of Creative Community for Peace, 

Summer is here and you know what that means... it's time to bring on the music, films and festivals! We are pleased to share the many recent events and concerts and announce upcoming performances in Israel. 
 
CCFP is committed to promoting the arts and culture as a bridge to peace. We believe in artistic freedom and the power of the arts to foster trust and understanding and create a better future. 
 
Most artists who are scheduled to perform in Israel, or Israelis performing elsewhere, are being bombarded with a steady stream of pressure and messages to cancel as part of the growing Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement, also known as BDS. We encourage you to write to scheduled artists - listed in this newsletter - and share your support and excitement about their upcoming performances. Easy to share messages and links to artists' social media are all in the right hand column. 
 
Join the #CCFPeace Movement.
Help us spread the message of building bridges through music and arts. 

-Team #CCFPeace
JUST ANNOUNCED
BON JOVI COMING TO ISRAEL
20,000 TICKETS ALREADY SOLD!

(Photo Reuters)
The legendary American rockers just announced their first-ever performance in Israel on October 3.  In regards to boycott pressure, concert promoter for the show Marcel Avram stated, "Jon Bon Jovi couldn't care less. He is not the first or the last one to come to Israel... We are a proud country where a lot of people enjoy music, everyone wants to perform in Israel." Share your excitement with Bon Jovi Facebook & Twitter

WILL PHARRELL BE MAKING
ISRAELIS HAPPY? 
Rumor has it that Pharrell Williams is planning a September 9th show in Israel. The singer-songwriter, producer, and sometime “The Voice” coach is in talks with numerous Israeli promoters to plan a concert at HaYarkon Park.  Stay tuned...

BACKSTREET'S BACK 
CCFP EXCLUSIVE FROM THE BACKSTREET BOYS;
"MUSIC SH
OULD NEVER BE SILENCED" 

Backstreet Boys drinking wine at the Dead Sea. (Photo: Traci Szymanski)

After having to reschedule three sold-out shows last summer as a result of the Israel-Gaza conflict, Backstreet's back -- and played the Ra'anana Amphitheater May 19, 20, and 21. The boys traveled to Israel with CCFP Professional Network Committee member Traci Szymanski and shared, "Music is one of our greatest gifts that we have the ability to share with people all over the world."

Despite enduring nearly a year of constant pressure to cancel via social and traditional media - they resisted; "The power of music should be cherished and never silenced," The band told CCFP, "We see how music impacts our fans and it is important for us to be (in Israel) for them." 

Read more about Traci Szymanski's important work on bringing artists and musicians to Israel in a recent Jerusalem Post Magazine here


ONEREPUBLIC CALLS BANDS CANCELLING SHOWS IN ISRAEL BULL****


Members of the band OneRepublic visit IDF soldiers in Ashkelon (Photo: IDF) 

The American band did not succumb to pressure to cancel their May 28th concert. Members of the band even arrived a few days before their scheduled performance to tour the country and see all the historical sights. During the show lead singer Ryan Tedder told the sold-out audience, "We've heard that there were bands that cancelled their shows in Israel and we think that's bull****. From where we come from, we love good people, all people, we don't take sides." When asked about the BDS movement, "I'm grateful (Roger Waters) didn't call me, although I really would've liked to give him a piece of my mind!" 


ROBBIE WILLIAMS ROCKS 
TEL AVIV


Robbie Williams after landing at Ben Gurion Airport. (Photo: Sivan Farag) 

"I've been here for two days and when I get home they'll say 'Rob, what was Israel like?' And I'll say f***ing amazing!" On May 2, Robbie Williams performed hit after hit for 40,000 fans in Tel Aviv's HaYarkon Park. Williams arrived to Israel a few days before the show with an entourage of 50 people including his wife, newborn daughter, son and father. "I've always wanted to visit Israel and to see you and feel you, and I think now I have." He promised fans he will return to Israel in the future. 


ART GARFUNKEL BRIDGES TROUBLED WATERS


(Photo Gil Cohen Magen)

 
On June 7, half of famed duo Simon & Garfunkel returned to the Israeli stage for the first time in three decades. After performing 18 of his cherished songs in front of the Jaffa crowd, Garfunkel returned to the stage for an encore and played Simon & Garfunkel's most poignant and appropriate; "Bridge Over Troubled Water."

Fittingly to conclude his performance, Garfunkel walked to the front of the stage, put on his kippah and sang the "Shehechiyanu" a blessing of thanking
G-d for new and unusual experiences and enabling us to reach this day.

GO DIONNE! 


(Photo Courtesy of Yuval Erel) 

Dionne Warwick did not succumb to the BDS pressure and performed as planned at the Menora Mivtachim Arena in Tel Aviv on May 19th. Prior to arriving in Israel, Warwick released a statement through her representative saying, "Ms. Warwick would never fall victim to hard pressures of Roger Waters, from Pink Floyd, or other political people who have their views on politics in Israel." To end the show she invited Israeli pop artist Maya Buskila, pictured above, on stage for a duet of "That's What Friends Are For."


LOCARNO FILM FESTIVAL STANDS STRONG IN THE FACE OF BOYCOTT DEMANDS

The Locarno Film Festival received pressure to drop Israel as its selection for the 2015 Carte Blanche spotlight. Instead of caving in, organizers issued a principled statement in support of artistic expression and the free exchange of ideas. "We strongly believe that the Carte Blanche focusing on Israeli cinema will represent an important opportunity for debate and dialogue, within the context of cultural enrichment that is and always will be an inalienable quality of the Locarno Festival." 


FORBES RANKS ISRAEL
#3 IN HOLLYWOOD IMPORTS 


Claire Danes and Mandy Patinkin in Homeland from a scene filmed in Israel. (Photo: Ronen Akerman, AP) 

According to the business magazine, Israel is the third biggest provider of American TV, only behind the UK and the Netherlands! That's right, a country of just 8 million is a leading producer of concepts for television shows in the US. "Israeli filmmakers simply learned how to tell a story, as opposed to just making statements, and Hollywood realized that here you have a great pool of talent," says Israeli Ambassador Ido Aharoni. 


THE REAL TRUTH ABOUT PRIMUS 

It was reported that Primus cancelled its June 10th headlining show at Rock in the Park Festival due to BDS pressure, however this is not true. The concert promoter for the festival released the following statement: "The show was postponed because of technical reasons. We are working to reschedule a new date for the show and look forward to seeing Primus here." We couldn't agree more, your fans in Israel look forward to seeing you soon! 


LET THE MUSIC

 

Our Mission:

Creative Community for Peace is an entertainment industry organization that represents a cross-section of the creative world, dedicated to promoting the arts as a means to peace. We share the desire for a peaceful resolution to the conflict, but believe that singling out Israel as the target of a cultural boycott is NOT the answer. Art and culture are essential ingredients in the human journey, critical to the well-being of society, to building trust and understanding, and to healing.

Build Bridges. Instill Hope. Create a Better Future.


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THANK YOU,

Your Friends at 
Creative Community For Peace

#CCFPeace #LetTheMusicPlay


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ARTISTS SCHEDULED TO PERFORM IN ISRAEL THIS SUMMER
NEED TO HEAR YOUR VOICES! 
SHARE YOUR EXCITEMENT
AND SEND THEM A MESSAGE


Below are Facebook and Twitter accounts of artists performing in Israel this summer.
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this message:

#Music knows no boundaries.
Thank you for performing for your many fans in 
#Israel this summer! 
#play4peace 
@CCFPeace
(Photo Juan Santacruz)

6/24
DAMIAN
MARLEY

Facebook Twitter
(Photo Facebook)

6/30
JUANES

Facebook Twitter
(Photo Facebook)

7/13
COCOROSIE

Facebook Twitter
(Photo Zappa Group)

7/22-7/24
CHICK
COREA
&BOBBY
MCFERRIN

Chick's Facebook Twitter
Bobby's Facebook & Twitter 
(Photo: Mundo Itapema)

6/28
GILBERTO
GIL

Facebook Twitter
(Photo: Facebook)

7/29
GLORIA
GAYNOR
Facebook & Twitter
(Photo Facebook)

7/30
SUEDE

Facebook Twitter

8/20-9/5
MAMMA
MIA!

Facebook Twitter
(Photo Sarah Lee)

8/23
ALT-J

Facebook Twitter
8/23-8/26
Red Sea
Jazz Festival
Leyla McCalla's Facebook & Twitter
Kendrick Scott Oracle's Facebook 
Brass-A-Holics'  Facebook & Twitter
Cyrille Aimee's Facebook & Twitter
Jack DeJohnette's Facebook & Twitter
Joe Lovano's Facebook & Twitter
Los Sonex's Facebook & Twitter
(Photo Facebook)

MICHAEL DOUGLAS IN ISRAEL TO RECEIVE $1 MILLION GENESIS PRIZE.
JAY LENO HOSTS CEREMONY

 
Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta- Jones and Jay Leno (pictured above with Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat) are currently in Israel for the Genesis Prize Ceremony.  Douglas will be awarded The "Jewish Nobel Prize," and, according to an interview with the AP, vows to use it to build bridges between Israel and increasingly assimilated Jewish communities around the world.
 

WISHING A SPEEDY RECOVERY FOR
TWIN SHADOW 

Twin Shadow was forced to postpone shows in the US, UK and Israel after their tour bus crashed in Colorado on April 17. All passengers were taken to nearby hospitals with two members in serious condition. We wish the band and crew a speedy recovery and hope to see them performing soon. Get well and we can't wait to see you in Israel! Facebook & Twitter

RECENT AND UPCOMING FESTIVALS IN ISRAEL
Photo The Guardian

CHALLENGES REMAIN
 
ALMOST EVERY ARTIST SCHEDULED TO PERFORM IN ISRAEL IS TARGETED BY PROPONENTS OF A CULTURAL BOYCOTT AGAINST ISRAEL

Last month, Lauryn Hill cancelled her performance in Israel due to BDS pressure. She stated it was due to the inability to schedule a performance in the Palestinian territories. 

The Scottish Indie Rock Band, The Twilight Sad, also succumbed to BDS pressure and cancelled their June 6th performance in Tel Aviv. 

Belgian artist, Miet Warlop, and her Campo Arts Center cancelled their presentation of Mystery Magnet at the Israel Festival due to pressure from a Belgian BDS organization.  
CCFP WELCOMES NEW DIRECTOR 
 
The Creative Community for Peace family is excited to announce Jill Hoyt, as its new Director. Jill comes to Creative Community for Peace following her role as West Coast Director of the Jerusalem Foundation. She has a rich background in the non-profit and business sectors including connecting creative professionals from around the world with Israel through high-level exchange programs. Hoyt holds a Master's in Public Administration and a Master's in Urban Planning, both from USC. 
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