Tunisia: Roman amphitheater ‘Cillium’ reopens in Kasserine

The Roman amphitheater ‘Cilium’ in Kasserine officially reopened with a concert of Lebanese committed Marcel Khalifa, after restoration. Culture Minister Mohamed Zine El Abidine said that “the inauguration of this new amphitheater is an historic moment for the city of Kasserine, which has become over the last few years synonymous of obscurantism and terrorism”. The project Cilium, which cost a total of 400,000 dinars, was made with the support of the regional council of the governorate of Kasserine, in cooperation with the culture ministry, the national heritage institute (Inp) and…

A Festival of North African Contemporary Art During an Age of Anxiety

The 5th edition of Jaou Tunis at the Kamel Lazaar Foundation brings together the works of various North African artists in a beautiful and oftentimes political display. Exhausted by sad political literalism, I passed into Tunisia for the 5th edition of Lina Lazaar’s Jaou Tunis contemporary art festival feeling jinxed, as jingoist Donald Trump’s Muslim travel ban had been approved by the stolen Supreme Court that very day. I was a dispirited, appalled American entering North Africa, where I should have received an evil eye. Much of the art I encountered here thrives on…

Orchestra di Piazza Vittorio triumphs in Tunisia Orchestra di Piazza Vittorio triumphs in Tunisia

The Orchestra di Piazza Vittorio met with resounding applause on Thursday at the Roman amphitheatre in the Tunisian town of El Jem. The concert was held as part of the 33rd edition of the Festival International de Musique Symphonique d’El Jem. The multi-ethnic orchestra is the largest of its kind in Europe and received a warm welcome from the large audience, which responded with enthusiasm to the variegated musical line-up. The songs were a mix of Tunisian, Egyptian and South American melodies with a colourful version of the whimsical ‘Caravan…

Uncovering the Beauty of Algeria’s Post-Colonial Architecture

Algiers like you’ve never seen it before  “What I love about photography is the rich and diverse prisms of analysis it offers. We can feel something very immediate if we look at a picture as an isolated piece, but if we place it within a series, we are also able to create a new vocabulary, a new way of reading things”, says 30-year-old French-Tunisian photographer Safouane Ben Slama, who recalls developing an interest in photography through his father who transmitted his passion to him when he was still a kid. There…

“Silk Road” symphonic concert held in Tunisia

A symphonic concert, with the theme of “Silk Road,” was performed Monday night in Tunis, capital of Tunisia. Held at the ruins of Antonin baths, part of the archaeological site of Carthage, this open-air concert attracted over 300 audiences. Tunisian Symphonic Orchestra directed by a Spanish maestro, and artists from China, Tunisia and Mongolia, offered this musical journey to the audience, who enjoyed the cultural exchanges under the breeze from the Mediterranean.  This “Silk Road” symphonic concert in Tunisia is regarded as a good expression of China’s willingness to develop…

‘Kerkennah 01’ festival of photography and digital arts

Tunisia’s Kerhennah islands will host Kerkennah 01, the first festival in the north African country devoted to photography, video and digital arts. The festival, to be held on June 21-27, aims to “encourage the emergence of a photographic scene involving Tunisian artists by opting to abandon the traditional channels. Kerkennah 01 also aims to become a platform for exchange, development and introduction to photography in north Africa and to create infrastructure for the local population, sensitising public opinion and politicians to the cultural, tourist, economic and educational potential of the…

“Dar Ben Ayed” palace in Tunis offered to UK embassy by the Bey in 1856

The United Kingdom Embassy to Tunisia has published several photos of the filming of the Ramadan series “Tej El Hadhra”, broadcast daily on Elhiwar Ettounsi. The embassy reported that the Dar Ben Ayed Palace was offered to the British Ambassador during the month of Ramadan in the year 1856. This Ramadan, the viewers were taken to the Bey time with the drama series” Tej Al Hadhira “produced by Sami Fehri. It included several important scenes filmed at the residence of the British ambassador. “Since 1856, the British representative to Tunisia…

Tunisians of Semmama celebrate mountain culture to challenge extremism

The Shepherd Festival at Mount Semmama, near the Tunisian-Algerian border, brings a message of peace and resistance in an area often only known as a hideout for terror groups. In the countryside outside Sbeitla, in the Kasserine governorate of western central Tunisia, lies a small hill at the foot of Mount Semmama framed by a sunset sky. Vehicles of the National Guard lined up and a smattering of soldiers could be seen on Darwish hill. The hill, named after the acclaimed Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish, was the venue for  “The…

2-day world conference of news agencies opens in Islamabad tomorrow

A two-day International Conference of News Agencies (ICNA) to highlight Pakistan’s constructive image and promote collaboration among news, disseminating bodies to cope with the challenges of media revolution, will be held on May 13-14. The conference, to be instrumental in promoting country’s soft image amongst comity of nations, will have participants from 20 countries including Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bulgaria, China, Egypt, Greece, Indonesia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia and Turkey. The event, being organised under the theme, “Pakistan’s Media Opportunities and Challenges with special focus…

Seventh edition of Shepherd Festival in Mount Semmama on May 11, 12 and 13, 2018

The mountains of the world meet in Semmama The seventh edition of the Shepherd Festival in Mount Semmama will be held from May 11 to 13 on the theme “Mountains of the World Meet in Semama”, with the support of the Ministry of Cultural Affairs and the Ramburg Foundation. This event is the only one that celebrates the shepherds in the Arab world that has been largely echoed by foreign media. World media  will come to Mount Semama to cover an event in which the inhabitants of the mountain declare…