A. Arts and Literature Deptartment
1. Literature unit
Promoting the translation of Hebrew literature is the primary goal of this unit. Through the Institute for the Translation of Hebrew Literature, DCSA carries out a wide range of translation projects. Israeli literature, poetry, anthologies and children's literature have been translated into Arabic, Hindi, Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Turkish and Ukrainian in addition to English, French, German, Spanish, Italian and Russian, among others.
The unit facilitates sending Israeli authors abroad for festivals, conferences and lectures. It also arranges special projects such as sending a pair of writers, one Arab and one Jewish, on lecture tours.
Efforts by DCSA and Israel's missions abroad have led to Israel's participation in over 12 important book fairs in which there was no previous Israeli presence, such as that in Beijing. The Institute for the Translation of Hebrew Literature plays an important role in this area and participates in major fairs such as Frankfurt and Bologna.
2. Performing Arts Unit
The Performing Arts Unit promotes Israeli artists and groups in dance, theater, and popular, classical and choral music. The unit, together with Israel's cultural attachés, works on press and public relations for performances, the establishment of ties with foreign artists, and facilitates the participation of Israeli artists in international festivals and tours. Foreign arts promoters are invited to Israel from time to time to see first hand what is happening locally in their fields.
3. Cinema and Television Unit
Israel's modest film industry receives international exposure through the work of this unit. Israeli Film Weeks are held around the world using Israeli films subtitled in English, French, German and Spanish, with Portuguese and Russian translations in the works. Often, Israeli producers, directors and actors are sent to these or other events to discuss their work and the industry.
In 1995, DCSA initiated a new project in conjunction with a New York-based film distribution company to make 11 Israeli feature films available for screenings on university campuses and in the Jewish and general communities. Future projects include sending a pair of actors, one Jewish and one Arab, abroad to lecture on Israeli cinema.
DCSA's Film Unit also sends representatives to major international film festivals such as Berlin and Cannes where Israeli films have generated international interest.
In Israel, DCSA supports the annual Jerusalem Film Festival and "Neighbors," the International Haifa Film Festival. It also brings international film makers and journalists to Israel for the festivals, screenings and to meet with local industry people.
4. Plastic Arts Unit
In conjunction with Israel's missions abroad, the Plastic Arts Unit coordinates exhibits of Israeli art. Current exhibits on display around the world range in subject from fine art, caricatures and photography.
The unit also participates in the organization of Israeli exhibits for major art bienniales such as Venice, Istanbul, Johannesburg and Sao Paulo. Artists, curators and art experts go abroad, with DCSA's help, to lecture in conjunction with festivals and exhibits. By the same token, international curators and art journalists are brought to Israel to expose them to the Israeli art scene during major international arts events such as Art Focus. Finally, DCSA assists Israeli museums in arranging exhibitions in Israel and abroad.
5. Cultural Relations with the Arab World
To promote culture and arts in an era of peace was the idea behind this new unit which was created in 1995. It explores, initiates and develops ideas and programs for cultural activity with the countries neighboring Israel. Bi-lateral projects and regional activity encompassing the countries of the Mediterranean basin are geared towards enhancing the peace process.
The Division for Cultural and Scientific Affairs also publishes ARIEL: The Israel Review of Arts and Letters
Since 1962, Ariel has been Israel's leading cultural "window to the world." Published quarterly in six separate language editions - English, French, German, Spanish, Russian and Arabic - with occasional issues in other languages (i.e., Chinese and Japanese), this semi-scholarly, heavily illustrated magazine covers all aspects of Israeli cultural life, including prose and poetry, visual and performing arts, music, archeology, architecture, history, criticism and reviews, science and nature, etc.
B. Department for Cultural and Scientific Cooperation
1. Cultural and Scientific Agreements Unit
This unit prepares and implements Israel's cultural and scientific agreements and programs of cooperation. DCSA participates in an average of 20 joint committees a year in Israel and abroad, negotiating and concluding these agreements and programs.