FAIRGROUND FESTIVAL BRINGS ADRIATIQUE, MANO LE TOUGH, SATORI UNDER THE TUNISIAN SKY

Tunisia’s mythical Ecovillage will once again host Fairground Festival as it descends on Sousse for its second edition, 13-15 July. Enriching the experience from all sides, the 2017 edition will feature increases in virtually every aspect of the festival, particularly within the realms of art and music. Visual and sound art will be offered in the open air, while DJs lay the soundtrack to a completely immersive experience, filled with activities, workshops and events. Of course, some of the world best DJs will be on hand to guide festivities. Amongst…

Tunisia bans Wonder Woman screenings

Hollywood movie Wonder Woman has been banned in Tunisia due to the leading actress’ Israeli heritage. The film was pulled before the first screenings on June 8 after a lawsuit called Gail Gadot a ‘champion Zionist.’ Tunisia joins Lebanon and Algeria in banning the film due to Gadot’s Israeli heritage and past links to the country’s military. The Tunisian Association of Young Lawyers put forward the lawsuit. The Tunisian courthouse has halted release of the film while it examines the lawsuit, reports the Jerusalem Post. Following the decision, screenings of the…

Searching For The Next Designer Muse in Tunisia

Unlike model powerhouses Brazil, Russia and the Netherlands – countries capable of launching the careers of “the next big thing in modelling” season after season – Tunisia still has some catching up to do. There was Afef Jnifen, who broke the glass ceiling in the Eighties and early Nineties as a muse of couturier (and fellow Tunisian) Azzedine Alaïa. On top of that, the former model and current Project Runway Middle East judge, has worked for the likes of Giorgio Armani, Fendi and Roberto Cavalli alongside Naomi Campbell. Jnifen was…

The pavilions with pulling power: What’s exciting the art-loving crowd at the Venice Biennale

Unofficially christened the Olympics of Art, there’s a reason why the Venice Biennale is one of the most prestigious contemporary art exhibitions in the world. Every two years, the art spectacle takes place in Italy’s picturesque water city, offering the widest, most thought-provoking variety of contemporary art from around the globe — from paintings and sculptures to videos, installations to live performances. The number of subsidiary shows and fringe events sprouting up all over the city seems to be increasing with every edition, effectively pushing the cultural conversation forward and rounding out…

The Tunisian Women’s Rights Movement : From Nascent Activism to Influential Power-broking

Tunisian women have received significant attention for their active participation in preserving and extending women’s rights since 2011. However, their activism and latest achievements should be considered not a recent phenomenon but rather part and parcel of a distinctive local history that has included women as agents of change. This book examines Tunisian women’s lived experiences, as individuals and as a group, within a sociohistorical framework that uncovers the enduring feminine footprint over centuries and eventually underpins and defines their most recent fight for gender equality in postrevolutionary Tunisia. The…

Palmizi sculpture inaugurated on Tunisian quayside

The sculpture ‘Mare Nostrum’ by Italian architect Girolamo Palmizi has been installed on the quayside between Nabeul and Hammamet. The work is intended to be a symbolic bridge between Tunisia and Sicily and is twinned with a work by the same artist on the northern shore of the Mediterranean in Biscione between the Sicilian coastal towns of Marsala and Mazara del Vallo, where it won the 2015 international prize “Oasi d’arte – Art’s Oasis”. Palmizi recently led a ceramics workshop for students from the school of arts and crafts in…

Top European, North African Entities Forge Mediterranean Film Industries Pact

Italy’s Rome Lazio Film Commission, the Spain Film Commission, France’s Ile-de-France, the film commissions of Andalucia and Tangiers and the Carthage Film Festival have joined forces to set up the Euro-Mediterranean Audiovisual Center in a pact that aims to foster stronger film industry ties among Mediterranean countries. The pact, inked in Cannes, was spearheaded by Lazio Film Commission president Luciano Sovena who has long been building cinematic collaboration between Italy and North African territories. “Having Spain and France come on board is a game changer,” Sovena said, noting that France…

Arab Critics Awards Debut at Cannes Film Festival

n January 2017, the Arab Cinema Center (ACC) in Egypt announced it would launch the Critics Awards at the highly respected Cannes Film Festival. The proceedings, which took place this week, were the end-result of the deliberations of a 24-member strong jury process of film critics, representing 15 countries, nine of them Arab. This is the first time a pan-Arab award—and one exclusively for Arab cinema, no less—has been given-out at a platform this prestigious. To qualify, films had to debut at international film festivals outside the Arab world, be…

SNJT Congress: moral and financial reports adopted

Participants in the 4th Congress of the National Union of Tunisian Journalists (SNJT), held on May 20-21 in Tunis, examined and adopted on Saturday the moral and financial reports. They reminded that resources coming from the memberships represent only 10.97 % of the financial income of the union. As for the moral report, it reviews the activities of the outgoing office and recalls the working conditions and the social and political climate in which it evolved. This context was notably marked by repeated attempts by successive governments to take control…

UNESCO Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Inscription of Tunisian Dougga as Heritage Site

The UNESCO organized a cultural event in its headquarters in Paris to recall the qualification of the “Dougga” historic site in Tunisia. The event aimed at promoting the historic heritage reserve of Tunisia and its history among the cultural and tourism circles worldwide. The program of the event included an exhibition organized in the headquarters’ salon to feature items from the cultural heritage of the city of Dougga. It also included a lecture on the city’s history, and a show for many monuments from the Bardo National Museum, one of…