On Monday, Israel was able to take advantage of its extremely successful vaccination campaign by hosting the nation’s first Covid-free concert after the pandemic, and it featured two Greek musicians.
The event featured Greek artists Kosta Karafotis and Paola, who performed alongside the Mikis Theodorakis Orchestra to a large outdoor crowd.
Israel’s inspiring vaccination campaign
Israel’s vaccination campaign, which began on December 19th, 2020 has been strikingly efficient. The campaign, named “Give a shoulder,” has managed to fully vaccinate more than 60% of the Israeli population so far.
The success of Israel’s inoculation campaign has now allowed citizens to return to an almost entirely normal, Covid-free life, with the ability to attend concerts and other such large public events.
Last Thursday, Israel had zero deaths due to Covid-19. Over the past month, the number of coronavirus deaths per day has averaged less than 10, in comparison to the deaths in January which were above 70 per day. There are now only around 120 new coronavirus cases a day in Israel, whereas in January there were 8,000 cases recorded per day.
No need for masks at Israeli concerts
Life has been getting back to normal for Israelis for a while now. The government’s way of dealing with the pandemic post-vaccination includes the coronavirus “Green Pass,” a vaccination certificate available on one’s phone. The Green Pass is mandatory for entry into bars, clubs and concerts.
The concert that Greek musicians performed at Monday night used this method. Moreover, people did not even have to wear masks or social distance at the concert, allowing everyone to dance and move around freely, for the first time in a long while.
The concert was held in the wide open spaces of Tel Aviv’s Ganei Yehoshua park.
Greek musicians perform to acclaim in Israel
Greek artists Paola and Kosta Karafotis had the honor of being invited to perform at Israel’s very first Covid-free concert on Monday night.
Greek music is wildly popular in Israel, and the two artists were accompanied by the Mikis Theodorakis orchestra. They performed their usual Greek folk or “laiko” sound to great applause from the crowd.
Two other well-known Greek musicians, Giannis Kotsiras and Nikos Vertis, are expected to perform in Tel Aviv soon.
A video of Paola rehearsing for the concert last night is shown below:
Theodorakis orchestra at Israeli concert
Mikis Theodorakis, the Greek composer who is renowned around the world, is credited for writing the most beautiful music on the Holocaust.
The “Mauthausen Trilogy,” also known as “The Ballad of Mauthausen” is a cycle of four arias with lyrics based on poems written by Greek poet Iakovos Kambanellis, a Mauthausen concentration camp survivor.
The Mauthausen Cycle, one of the best-known compositions inspired by events at the Mauthausen concentration camp, is popular in Israel, and has been used to promote peace and cooperation worldwide.