Jerusalem international festival is told government funds cannot be used to subsidise certain performances

A conflict between Israel’s draconian culture minister and artists using nudity in their performances has been thrown back into the spotlight with the opening of one of the country’s most important contemporary dance festivals.

For the third time in a year a big Israeli arts festival – this time Jerusalem International Dance Week – has been told by officials acting for the culture minister, Miri Regev, that it cannot use government funds to subsidise three of 28 performances because they involve either full or partial nudity.

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