Visit to Nalaga'at Center

Andy on Tue, 05/14/2019 - 19:34

We usually try to cover some of the characteristic events outside the Eurovision bubble which would tell on some of the interesting features of the host city. As part of the press-tours offered by Tel Aviv Municipality, ESCKAZ team has visited Nalaga'at Cultural center -the non-profit arts and cultural foundation that represents a meeting place between deaf, blind and deaf-blind individuals together with the public. The Nalaga’at Theater was established in 2002 with the purpose of integrating deaf-blind people into society, advancing their needs and aspirations and to grant them the opportunity of self-expression and exercising the most basic of their rights – contributing to the society.

Nalaga'at is divided into four sections which are: Theater (which is unique in the world and features deaf, blind and even deaf-blind actors), Blackout Restaurant (the only in Israel and one of 12 in the world), Workshop Center (offering for example Wine and Cheese tasting in the dark, Chocolate tasting workshop, Sign Language Workshop etc) and Kapish Events. Our initial interest was in Children of the lesser God theater play, but unfortunately, it is not screened during Eurovision week, but there's another one - Edgar on 16th of May at 20:30. I have been always fascinated by blind and deaf people and my ambition is to learn sign language one day, so when selecting our plan for Tel Aviv Nalaga'at center definitely had to be in the list.

The event was organized very smoothly, but sadly there were no other media present, and we need to say they should not miss this experience. We were accompanied by a volunteer from the Tel Aviv municipality. First, we had a chance to speak with CEO of the Center Oren Itzhaki and then we could actually enter the Blackout Restaurant - in which food is served in complete darkness, and tried some chocolates there. As Kirill has said it was kind of "eyes opening" experience, to feel what blind people feel - and were amazed by their courage and they act as role models to our society. After the event, we had a chance to speak to one of the employees Galina Bakshiev, who is visually impaired.

HQ Photos were provided by Ella Danino, Marketing manager of the Center. Read more at

Nalaga'at Center

Finally got around to doing the My Heritage thing

I'm super curious to know what they find out, but suspect that in the end it will probably be a mix of Celtic and Anglo-Saxon - but you never know

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Semi one predictions from Mike and Daniel (2019)

Czech Republic

Georgia "might" swap with Estonia, and Slovenia are in with a shot, but not sure who I would put out for them

Czech Republic

Iceland could make it but again not sure who would then miss out.....

Surprisingly tough semi to call in the end....

Irish Ambassador's residence party in Tel Aviv

Irish Delegation Party

Irish Delegation Party 2019 were privileged to have been invited to the Irish Delegation Party at the Irish Ambassador’s residence in Herzliya, about 15km north of Tel Aviv

The area is well known as a place where the diplomatic staff of many embassies reside, and it was obvious from the moment we arrived that this was going to be a very special night, in a very special venue.

The amazing residence welcomed us with complimentary food and canapés and we were all warmly greeted by the Irish Ambassador Alison Kelly, Head of Delegation Michael Kealy, and Head of Press Rayna Connery. All members of team extend our gratitude and thanks for the invitation.

The close links of the Irish delegation with the Austrian delegation were also quite clear as the Austrian representative, PÆNDA, mixed with the crowd. She later performed and the video clip is below

Finally after some moments mixing with the crowd, the Ambassador gave a short speech and introduced Michael Kealy, who after a few words introduced Sarah to the gathered crowd of journalists and VIPs - video is below - Sarah then performed a Madonna song and her Eurovision song, 22.

After this Sarah and the rest of the delegation mixed with the crowd and carried on partying and enjoying the elegant surroundings

Many thanks again to the Irish Delegation for the invitation - all videos and photos below

Irish Delegation Party 2019