French organize two-day Libyan cultural festival ‘‘Min Ajil Libya’’ in Tunis

The French embassies in Libya and Tunisia unite to organize a Libyan cultural festival entitled “For Libya / Min ajil Libya” on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 March. The festival will take place at the French Institute of Tunisia. The festival will celebrate Libya and its priceless heritage, its unique identity, its rich culture, its artistic creation and its proliferation of civil society initiatives. This joint initiative with the French institutes of Libya and Tunisia ‘‘shows that another Libya is possible’’, organizers report. Over the two days, rich and diverse…

Stolen Guercino Altarpiece Worth $6 Million Found in Morocco

A collector notified police after illicit dealers attempted to sell him the painting in Casablanca. A painting that was stolen from a church in Modena in 2014 is now on its way back home, after a savvy collector in Casablanca recognized the work. The Art Newspaper reports that three men have been arrested after attempting to sell the 1639 altarpiece Madonna with the Saints John the Evangelist and Gregory the Wonderworker, belonging to the Church of San Vincenzo. The Italian and Moroccan governments are now negotiating the return of the…

Seven times the English language drove the French mad

As French language fanatics kick up a storm about the new English slogan for the Paris 2024 Olympic bid, we take a look at other times the French have lost their cool when it comes to the English language. When Chirac stormed out of an EU summit President Jacques Chirac left a 2006 EU summit meeting in a huff after a French business leader addressed the room in English. Despite English being the official language of the session, no one seemed to have informed Chirac, who interrupted the speaker to…

Int’l Women’s Film Festival opens in Aswan

 Women and women’s issues are the focus of a new film festival in Aswan starting on February 20, which this year has gender violence as its theme. The International Women’s Film Festival will present 32 films from Egypt, Italy, Greece, Spain, Croatia, Morocco, Tunisia, France, Algeria, Iraq, Germany, Russia, China, Romania and Azerbaijan. The event, organised by independent artists with support from the Egyptian culture ministry and Aswan governorate, takes an all-round approach to women’s issues through an associated programme of meetings, conferences and workshops. There will be two competition…

International Festival of the Sahara, wider-reaching celebration of nomadic traditions.

EACH year, in the Tunisian city of Douz on the edge of the Sahara Desert, thousands of people gather to observe a century-old ritual. Over four days they witness and take part in spectacular fantasia displays, public marriages, unusual dances and other celebrations of the unique Bedouin traditions. This is the International Festival of the Sahara, a tradition revered to people across North Africa but much less known to those beyond it. But intrepid foreigners are slowly starting to make their way to Douz for the four-day arts and cultural…

SNJT next Congress to be held late April 2017

The next Congress of the National Union of Tunisian Journalists (SNJT) will be held by the end of April 2017. According to a press statement released Friday, after the periodic meeting of the executive board of the SNJT, the Congress will be held within its legal deadlines. It is worth reminding that all the members of the National Union of Tunisian Journalists are on duties within the office till now, with the required commitment and responsibility despite hard circumstances the country and the media landscape are going through. The SNJT…

Is Tunisia Rolling Back Freedom of Information?

The Tunisian government is facing accusations of rolling back access to information and media freedom, through its regulation of information and communication units in ministries, state agencies and other government institutions. Last month, Prime Minister Youssef Chahed issued circular n°4 of 15 January 2017 asking civil servants not to speak to the press and not to reveal official information unless they get the authorization of their hierarchy: The circular further bans civil servants from making statements that “breach professional secrecy and the preservation of the state’s high interests”, preventing “the disclosure of…

Mother, daughter grapple with Tunisian uprisings

Hope Has Two Daughters is a story about the awakening of political consciousness in two women. Nadia is a Tunisian high school student who becomes involved in the 1984 Bread and Couscous Riots. Forced out of school, she abandons her parents and flees her homeland for a new life in Canada. More than 25 years later, Lila is a recent Canadian high school graduate who reluctantly moves to Tunis for several months of intensive Arabic language training. Bored with her classes and looking for meaning, she becomes involved in the…

Tunisia’s new measures for media sector

Prime Minister Youssef Chahed announced, Saturday at the National Union of Tunisian Journalists (SNJT)’s headquarters, eleven measures and decisions taken at an inner Cabinet meeting held Friday. They are: – Establish the governance of public advertising for written and electronic press through the creation of a commission setting criteria for granting adverstisment and another one for franting and distributing advertisment. – Devote 5% of the public advertising revenues to the “Amicale” of Tunisian journalists. – Adopt the direct subscription regime of public institutions to newspapers and periodicals, in compliance with…

Guards of the heritage

Outfits displayed of soldiers of the Tunisian army during an exhibition titled “The awakening of a nation”, displaying the art at the dawn of modern Tunisia 1837-1881″ at the Ksar Saïd Palace in Tunis, Tunisia on January 12. The event is a Tunisian art exhibition resulting from a public-private partnership between the National Heritage Institute and the Rambourg Tunisia Foundation. It aims to safeguard the collection of paintings of the National Heritage Institute linked to the reign of the Husseinites, to train restorers and culminate in this exhibition. Trade Arabia…