Mira Awad

Mira Awad (Arabic ميرا عوض, DMG Mira Awad ʿ; Hebrew מירה עווד; born June 11, 1975 in Rameh, Galilee ) is an Arab- Israeli actress and singer.

Mira is the daughter of Anwar, a doctor of Christian Palestinian origin, and Snejana, a Bulgarian and a lecturer in Slavic languages. Furthermore, Mira has two brothers: Alan and Sinan.


Awad studied after high school first English Literature and Fine Arts at the University of Haifa, however, the study they broke not finish off. At the same time she started in Ramat HaSharon studies at the Rimon School of Jazz and Contemporary Music, where she was the first Arab student. They also attended a drama school.

Awad quickly became known by the Israeli television when she appeared as a Palestinian- Israeli lawyer in the Sit -Com Arab laboratory. She had more roles in The Bubble, a film by Eytan Fox, and Plonter, a tragicomedy of Yaeli Ronen. In addition, she has sung the theme songs for the films Forgiveness ( Udi Aloni ), and Lemon Tree ( Eran Riklis of ). From the summer of 2002, she was then seen as Eliza Doolittle in the stage version of My Fair Lady ( by Micha Levinson ), in the Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center. They also took the festival Festigal songs for children part with their song Take the Journey. 2005 Awad worked with The Idan Raichel Project together on the song acini for the second album of the group ( Mi'ma'amakim ). A year later, she was seen as IDF soldier in a Cameri film adaptation of Maya Arad's novel, Another Place, a foreign city and in the TV drama Noah 's Ark as Ruthi. She took in the fifth season of Rokdim part in Kokhavim, the Israeli version of Dancing with the Stars. Her dance partner was Dani Yochtman and together they reached the semi-finals and then the 4th Place.

Euro Vision Song Contest

In January 2009 it was announced that Mira together with Ahinoam Nini ( Noa ) Israel should represent the Euro Vision Song Contest. The song of Israel went into the final and indeed scored only the 16th place, the two very different women from the Middle East but also gained worldwide attention. Mira Awad was also the first Arab woman who presented Israel and it was also the first Israeli contribution with Arabic text lines. ( Mira Awad had tried already in 2005 at the ESC with the song Zman (time ) to participate, but had only reached the 8th place in the National Finals and the international participation had been denied her.) In the following year, then Mira was one of the jury, which chose the song Harel Skaat for the ESC 2010.

Political aspects

Came even before the ESC 2009 Mira Awad and Noa in fierce criticism. The Israelis criticized on the one hand Noa for the supposedly " heal " and " peace- willing " representation of Israel's situation. On the other hand, laughed Mira tormented on the accusation of the Palestinians that they would be used to cover up the actions of the Israeli government. "The government has not chosen to send me to the Euro Vision Song Contest. Noa and I have agreed because of our eight-year relationship. " She said. Both participants saw in the ESC but not primarily the presentation of musical performance, but the ability to deliver a message to humanity and could not be put off.

Prior to her appearance with Noa at ECS 2009 also went to a petition that Mira Awad exhorted not to participate. They failed and both Noa and Mira - as a champion of peace - were subsequently surprised that such a petition had ever existed.

It was not the first time that a member of a minority from Israel to the Euro Vision Song Contest was sent. In 1998, Dana International won with her ​​song Diva the ESC and was the first transsexual who won the title. Eddie Butler - a supporter of Israel's Black Hebrews - represented Israel in both 1999 and 2006.

Like the majority of Israeli Arabs Mira Awad identifies himself as a Palestinian by nationality and Israeli by citizenship as. Although they must put up with harsh criticism, it also has many fans on both sides. The debate around Mira Awad has especially the precarious situation of Israeli Arabs, the Palestinians and their descendants revealed.

Before the national elections of 2009, Awad was supportive of the Israeli Communist Party, Hadash, expressed.


On 19 November 2009 Noa and Awad of Givat Haviva Reik Haviva were with the Peace Prize to honor their work for peace and for better communication between Arabs and Israelis.

Album: Bahlawan / בהלואן / بهلوان

In June 2009, Miras album Bahlawan appeared (Arabic: " acrobat " or " acrobat "). On this CD contains their most successful titles, which they wrote (in collaboration with guitarist Amos Ever - Hadani ):

  • After all the rain / Tayomro -e- shita
  • Peace of mind
  • A word ( with Noa & Gil Dor )
  • And I am a forest
  • Cloud
  • Acrobat / Bahlawan
  • Daylight and my heart
  • Our relationship / Olakatona
  • Stay
  • My loneliness / Whidati
  • There must be another way ( with Noa )

Cooperation with Noa

Moreover, appeared on 15 May 2009 also a common CD with Ahinoam Nini, with all songs sung together:

  • There must be another way
  • Will you dance with me?
  • Faith in the light
  • A word
  • Second Chance
  • We Can Work It Out

And solos by both artists:

  • Cloud ( Mira )
  • Nanina ( Noa )
  • After all the rain ( Mira )
  • Frozen ( Noa )
  • Olakatona ( Mira )
  • Dance of Hope ( Noa )

In 2002, she has worked with Ahinoam Nini on their album Now and taken with it a new version of the Beatles song We can work it out, which appealed to a broad mass. In May 2004, Mira and Noa were then together at the We Are the Future concert in Rome and sang Noah song Shalom Shalom, this time as a slightly modified version ( Shalom Salam ). In the series Dancing with the stars Mira and Noa appeared in the sixth episode on along with the song A candle in the window.