Introducing Israel’s Icon TLV: A Science Fiction and Fantasy Festival

Festival director Uri Aviv speaks to Midnight East about Icon TLV, a “multi-disciplinary cultural event with films, guest speakers, workshops, gaming, discussions and more”, a  week-long festival that opens on September 25, 2010 at the Tel Aviv Cinematheque.

The theme of this year’s festival is “Heroes and Monsters” and the content encompasses a variety of disciplines – film, books, art, design, games, yet says Aviv, “all have a common connection.” As the festival approaches, Aviv has been working round the clock along with festival producer Elad Peleg and a group of dedicated volunteers. Aviv views his role as that of a curator working with “a sense of wonder as the underlying theme. The imagination takes off from the question: What if?” 15 years ago, a group of science fiction fans, Aviv among them, initiated ICON, “so that there would be this kind of event in Israel, because there wasn’t anything like it,” says Aviv, “Today – 15 years later, there is no event quite like ICON anywhere else in the world today.” – continue reading.


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