Wednesday, April 17, 2013


The ZF hosted the largest concert on Yom Ha’azmaut in Europe, last night, for 6,000 people at Wembley Arena. Those who attended celebrated Israel’s birthday in style.

The event began with a moving speech by Ambasssador Daniel Taub, who said the ZF’s Israel 65 show was the best party in town. The night was expertly MC’d by top TV and Radio personality Vanessa Feltz who spoke about her close relationship with Israel and a guest appearance was made by Israeli celebrity Uri Geller.

Stacey Solomon, a finalist of the X Factor and well known TV personality, sang a medley of songs including a rousing rendition of ‘What a Wonderful World’. Her performance showed why she has been one of the most successful X Factor finalists.

The audience witnessed a masterclass in dancing from Britain’s Got Talent record winners, Spelbound. Their outstanding moves amazed everyone.

The show was completed with talented Israeli singers Ivri Lider, Israel’s male singer of the Year and Ishtar, the Madonna of the Middle East, alongside her French band Alabina. Ishtar created an electric atmosphere with her performance and Ivri Lider wowed the audience. This highlighted the best of Israeli culture.

The concert was given an international flavour by Chico, the founder of the Gipsy Kings with his band Chico and the Gypsies. Chico also performed with Alabina showing how international artists were coming together for Israel’s anniversary.

The audience was treated to one of the best comedians in the UK, Mark Maier. Mark had the audience laughing throughout the night.

Those wanting to party after the show were able to do so thanks to an after party exclusively for young professionals. Featured at the party was Israeli DJ, Adi Ulamansky, who flew in especially from Israel to play a selection of chart hits.

ZF Director and producer of the show, Alan Aziz said, “We wanted to bring thousands of people from across the UK together to celebrate Israel’s existence and achievements that make us proud to stand with Israel and that’s exactly what we did”.

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