Tunisian pavilion to issue travel documents at Venice Biennale

Migration will be the focus of the country’s first Biennale project in more than 50 years Tunisia will have a national pavilion at the Venice Biennale this year for the first time since 1958, presenting a project that focuses on migration and freedom of movement. The project involves Tunisian nationals who will issue visitors with a “travel document” at three locations across the city throughout the Biennale (13 May-26 November). “The Tunisian pavilion is forgoing the cloak of nationalism in favour of a more global and humanistic narrative. What is…

Two Kuwaiti writers honored by Tunis Int’l Book Fair

The Tunis International Book Fair honored at the end of its 33rd session on Sunday many literary and novelist figures in Tunisia and the Arab world, including Kuwaiti writers Amal Randi and Latifa Buti, who held a children’s workshop during the exhibition. Director of Tunis International Book Fair Shokri Al-Mabkhout presented certificates of appreciation to both writers for their respective awards in the child literature recently and for their efforts, perseverance and creativity in the field of children’s literature. Al-Randi expressed to Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) her pride to be…

Egyptian and Tunisian artists awarded UN prize for culture

Egyptian artist Bahia Shehab and French-Tunisian artist eL Seed have been awarded the UNESCO-Sharjah prize for Arab culture for their innovative use of Arabic calligraphy in street art. Shehab, who is the first woman in the region to receive the award, has said that art can be a tool for change that can encourage people to engage for justice. Her work “No, A Thousand Times No” began with the compilation of 1,000 “nos” as they had been depicted on anything ever produced under Islamic and Arab patronage, from art and…

Emel Mathlouthi sings for humanity

Emel Mathlouthi’s powerful words, a tribute to the children of Syria, ring out in The Lexington in north London. Combining traditional Tunisian music with contemporary electronic beats, her stage movements blend pirouettes with staccato choreography, an eerie compliment to the music drummed. When a Tunisian man set himself alight in 2010 after being humiliated by municipal officers who confiscated his wares, protests fanned across the country and gave birth to the Jasmine revolution. As protests erupted, the charged atmosphere quickly spread to neighbouring countries. At the forefront of this anger…

International Chamber of Media and Entertainment Summit Presented the Global Management Summit

Hundred delegates from 27 countries of the world participated in the well planned Global Management Summit 2017, at Noida Film City, organized by Ministry of Skill Development And Entrepreneurship in association with ICMEI- International Chamber of Media and Entertainment Industry. The Global Management Summit invited delegates from 27 countries namely Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Russia, Egypt, Tanzania, Democratic Republic of Congo, Namibia, Zambia, Ethiopia, Ghana, Mali, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Uzbekistan, Nigeria, Botswana, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Myanmar, South Sudan, Philippines, Syria, Bhutan, Malawi, Peru, Iran and India. The summit emphasized on the better management…

Tunis International book fair

The Tunis International book fair is set to open on March 25 in El Kram Exhibition Center (Tunisian suburb). As an exceptional event for the lovers of books and titles,  the book fair offers them the chance to communicate with prominent writers and to find out beautiful titles while it is for others an opportunity to celebrate culture and to assess the book industry. Traditionally, in every session local media endeavour to carry out media coverage and follow-up of senior visitors, writers and creators.  Furthermore it spotlight new literally, scientific,…

Mark Hamill shares the first ever photo of Luke Skywalker

IT MIGHT not be throwback Thursday but Mark Hamill was definitely feeling a little nostalgic, taking to Twitter to post an adorable vintage photo. The photo in question is of the actor as his iconic Star Wars character Luke Skywalker which Hamill believes was “the very first Luke pic”. The original Star Wars hit screens back in 1977 and would go on to gross $US775 million and earn ten Academy Award nominations, winning seven. The early scenes from the movie were, as Hamill wrote, shot in Tunisia for two weeks.…

Monia Mazigh’s Hope Has Two Daughter

By Monia Mazigh, translated by Fred A. Reed Arachnide, 296 pages, $22.95 Monia Mazigh’s latest novel takes readers through a cycle of hope, uprising, despair and hope again in a story of two girls awakened by civil unrest. Hope Has Two Daughters opens in 1984: Nadia nears completing her lycée studies when the bread riots rock Tunisia and rent the fabric of Nadia’s stable but restrictive upbringing. Jump to 2010: Nadia’s daughter Lila, born and raised in Ottawa, reluctantly takes a gap year to learn Arabic in Tunis. Lila is…

Tunisia explores gender inequality on stage in ‘Terka’

The 30-minute play ‘Terka’ put on stage at 4me Art by a Ihlem Marzouki University collective, the Tunisian Association of Democratic Women (ATFD), will serve as an introduction to debate on the issue of women’s inequality on International Women’s Day on Wednesday. Although Tunisia boasts some of the most advanced legislation in the Arab world on the sensitive issue of equal rights between men and women, there are many issues yet to be clarified as concerns family law such as inheritance rights, equality of parents as concerns their children and…

Upstaging jihad in Tunisia’s impoverished mountains

A rustic theatre where performers wear masks carved from cactus aims to win over young Tunisians in a long neglected mountain district that has become a cradle of jihadism. Welcome to the “Jabal (mountain) Theatre” of music and dance on an open-air stage flattened from bare earth on Mount Sammama, in a range of hills that is a favoured hideout of loyalists of Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State group. Since its 2011 revolution, Tunisia, birthplace of the Arab Spring, has faced jihadist attacks that have killed more than 100 security…