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Succot forecast: Festival fever
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Jerusalem Post - Jerusalem
Author: Davis, Barry
Date: Oct 12, 2000
Start Page: 09
Section: Arts
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At least in terms of entertainment the Golan Singing program seems to have been devised with the older visitor in mind. In addition to [Naomi Shemer]'s show, the festival will also provide a stage for a performance by one of the country's best-loved comic acting and singing troupes of yesteryear, Hatarnegolim. The original group, back in the Sixties, included the likes of Gavri Banai and Israel (Polli) Poliakov - two thirds of the feted Hagashash Hahiver comedy team - Shaike Ophir, Yehoram Gaon, and Hanan Goldblatt. Although the current Hatarnegolim features a much younger line-up, the group's founder, Naomi Polani, will once again be on hand to guide the singers through their paces. "I've known the group since its early days," says [Israel Eshed], "so it was a natural choice for me and for the festival."

The third main act of the festival represents something of a scoop for Eshed. Until last year, Shimon Parnass ruled the roost on Channel 1's popular Friday night Mediterranean song and entertainment show, The Taverna. But there was a parting of the ways and Parnass has been absent from our TV screens ever since. However, the closing item of the Golan Singing festival will feature Parnass in a show which bears a suspiciously strong resemblance to his former television program. "Shimon will be back on the air, on Channel 2, a few days after the festival," Eshed reveals. "It will be similar to the show on Channel 1." The Golan show will feature actor Meir Suissa and singers Avyahu Medina, Nava Medina, and Amir Benayoun.

For those who prefer their entertainment well- lubricated, Rishon Lezion is the place to be between October 17-18. The 13th annual Wine Festival program features over 100 shows, including singing acts, comedy, and shows for youth and small children. Veteran French crooner Georges Moustaki is the top foreign act and he will appear twice, with his own band alongside the Rishon Lezion Symphony Orchestra and together with a number of Israeli artists including Yehoram Gaon. The younger crowd might prefer to catch Didi Harari's line-up of Sarit Haddad, Eyal Golan, Michal Amdurski, and the ubiquitous Orna and Moshe Dats. Other local bill-toppers appearing at the Wine Festival include Yehuda Poliker, Yehudit Ravitz, Matti Caspi and Zahava Ben. The Datses will also help put on a kiddies' show called "Tiff Taff" and there will also be a children's musical based on the jungle escapades of Tarzan.

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