“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…

2018 World Press Freedom Index: Tunisia still 97th

Tunisia has kept its 97th position at the 2018 World Press Freedom Index, published every year since 2002 by Reporters Without Borders (French: RSF) to rank 180 countries according to the level of freedom available to journalists. Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday in Tunis, RSF Editor-in-Chief Virginie Dangles pointed out that Tunisia remains a model where freedom of press is relatively satisfactory. “However, RSF has observed this year offences and legislative actions that fail to ensure the freedom of press in addition to obstacles hindering the exercise of…

ASBU’s Arab Radio and TV Festival opens tomorrow in Tunis

The 19th Arab Radio and Television Festival organised by The Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU) will be held from 26-29 April 2018 in Tunis. The festival is organised in cooperation with the Tunisian Radio and Tunisian Television Establishments and in partnership with the Arab Satellite Communications Organisation (Arabsat). Speaking about the event, Abdelrahim Suleiman, Director General of ASBU said: “The annual festival aims to contribute to the development of the Arab radio and TV production and improving its quality so as to meet the needs of member corporations. The festival…

Visiting the Tunisian desert where ‘Star Wars’ was filmed

There’s a reason the original “Star Wars” movie was filmed here in the deserts of southern Tunisia. This stark, remote landscape looks like another planet. One of Tunisia’s vast desert regions is even called Tataouine, like Luke Skywalker’s home planet, Tattoine. And the underground home where Luke Skywalker first appeared living with his uncle and aunt is a real hotel in the town of Matmata, one of various desert locations used in the movies.  “It looks just like the film,” said Lorenzo Bresciani, one of two young touring Italian professional…

Arabsat participates in Arab Radio and Television Festival

ARABSAT is sponsoring and participating in the 19th Arab Radio and Television Festival, which will be held from 26th-29th April 2018 in Tunis, in the presence of a number of media professionals in the Middle East and North Africa region. Speaking about the company’s longstanding relationship with the Arab States Broadcasting Union, which hosts the event, Eng. Khalid Bin Ahmed Balkheyour, CEO of Arabsat said: “We have an excellent working relationship with the Arab States Broadcasting Union and we have many common successful projects such as the global TV bouquet and MENOS project…