Arab Radio and TV Festival closes

The Arab Radio and TV Festival closed Sunday in Tunis on Sunday with a celebration of Palestine. The closing ceremony was marked by the distribution of awards of the competitions organized by the Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU), for winning radio and TV productions. Winners were Tunisia (Al Maestro of the national tv production awarded the first prize for social series) in addition to Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Yemen, Iraq, Oman, Palestine and Morocco. ASBU organized the Arab Radio and Television Festival in cooperation with the Tunisian Radio and Television…

Dunes Electroniques back next September 21 – 22

Les Dunes Electroniques festival will resume Ong Jmel at the edge of Tunisia’s southern desert with a two-day musich show in a breath-taking location best known for its starring role in the Star Wars film franchise. Ong Jmel served as the film setting for Luke Skywalker’s hometown Mos Espa in George Lucas’ original trilogy of films. First taking place in 2014, the Dunes electroniques have been seeking to contribute to the local development and tourism in the Djerid region and Nefta in Tozeur by targeting a larger public from across…

Cannes 2019: Actor Mohamed Dhrif wins ACC Critics Awards

Tunisian Mohamed Dhrif, on Saturday, won the Best Actor Award at the Arab Cinema Centre (ACC) Critics Awards held on the sidelines of the Cannes Film Festival 2019, TAP reports on Sunday. Mohamed Dhrif was rewarded for his role in “Weldi” feature film directed by Mohamed Ben Attia. Tunisia’s Majd Mastoura had won the same award in 2017 for his role in “Hedi”, another film by Mohamed Ben Attia. A list of six winners has been announced among several candidates competing for the ACC Critics Awards, the same source said.…

Mirage d’espoir Exhibition opens in Tunisia

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the International Centre for Culture and Arts opened the Mirage d’espoir (Mirage of Hope) exhibition last weekend at El Abdelliya Palace. The one-month contemporary art exhibition is part of an IOM Tunisia initiative to present art merged with migration as a pluralistic phenomenon. 13 artists gathered representing along with Tunisia, 10 Mediterranean countries as part of an artistic residency which took place at the Sadika art space in Tunis from 1 to 15 April. The residency produced works addressing the theme of migration…

Freedom of Press Index: Tunisia leading country in Maghreb

Tunisia ranked first Maghreb country favourable for journalists, on Reporters Without Borders (RSF) 2019 index released Thursday. It stands at the 72nd position over 180 countries featuring into the ranking. Tunisia with this new rating leapt its ranking as it held the 97th place on the 2018 index. The index focused on several criteria such as pluralism, media independence, media environment and self-censorship, legislative framework, transparency, and the quality of the infrastructure that supports the production of news and information. Tunisia is far ahead of its regional neighbors Mauritania (97);…

Tunis to host OIF MENA office

Tunisia and the International Organization of La Francophonie (OIF) signed on Monday an agreement to set up the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Office of the organization in Tunis. Foreign minister Khemaies Jhinaoui and OIF Secretary-General, Louise Mushikiwabo inked the deal. Hosting the OIF regional office will put Tunisia on the map in the region and at the international front, Jhinaoui told media. “This office will help strengthen cooperation between the countries of the region,” he added. “The OIF office has strategic importance and will contribute to Tunisia’s shining…

Tunis International Book Fair opens

The 35th edition of the Tunis International Book Fair opened Friday and will run till next April 15. The official opening was attended by Prime Minister Youssef Chahed and Minister of Cultural Affairs Mohamed Zine El Abidine. The Prime Minister seized this opportunity to call on Tunisians to come in large numbers to this annual meeting of the faithful and friends of the book and encourage writers and publishers. He visited a number of stands including those of the Ministry of National Defence, the Ministry of Cultural Affairs and the…

Sylvester Stallone and Dolph Lundgren in Tunisia at the invitation of Tourism Minister

Two world movie stars, US Sylvester Stallone and Swedish Dolph Lundgren will soon be in southern Tunisia to find their movie “The Expendables 4,” the Tunisian daily La Presse reported on Sunday. The official invitation was made to the two stars by Minister of Tourism and Handicrafts René Trabelsi during his visit to Hollywood on February 27, according to the same source. Taking advantage of his friendship with the great Swedish actor Dolph Lundgren (the Russian boxer of Rocky IV), World Karate Champion Sadok Kouka took the initiative to invite…

EU project to renovate Carthage Museum

The museum, situated on the Byrsa hill in Carthage, is one of the country’s most important museums after the Bardo. The European Union will contribute to a modernisation project at the Carthage National Museum as part of the programme “Tunisie Notre Destination”, which aims to diversify Tunisia’s tourist offerings, said Valdimir Rojanski, member of the EU Cooperation delegation in Tunisia. Rojanski said restoration work on the museum is set to start in April. The goal of the EU programme is to make Tunisia a destination for cultural and ecological tourism,…

PINNA association holds first Yoga and Ayurveda retreat in Nouail oasis, Douz

The Pinna association for the development and promotion of ecotourism organised its first Yoga and Ayurveda retreat in the Nouail oasis in Douz from February 12 to 17. The programme is organized in partnership with the Embassy of India at the initiative of the Zaied Travel Agency Tunisia. The Yoga sessions were conducted by the Indian Yoga expert DAYARAM SHARMA and the programme brought together about twenty Tunisian and foreign participants including an American, a Colombian and a French national. The programme also included a 100 % vegetarian and ayruvedic…