Free museums and archaeological sites in Tunisia On Unesco international day

Tunisia is celebrating the International Day for Monuments and Sites, set up by Unesco in 1983, with free entrance to museums and archaeological sites across the country. According to data provided by the National institute of Tunisian heritage (Inp), Tunisia currently has 1,200 archaeological sites and 40 museums. On May 18 the country is also celebrating its annual heritage month during which a number of cultural events will be organized to promote Tunisia’s material and immaterial heritage. The 27th edition of heritage month this year is celebrated under the theme…

UNESCO to Combat Extremism through Youth Projects in Jordan, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia

UNESCO will launch April 24 a pilot project: “Youth Preventing Violent Extremism” in four Arab countries, namely Jordan, Libya, Morocco, and Tunisia. Funded by the UN Counter-terrorism Centre (UNCCT) and Canada, the project seeks to empower youth in the fight against extremists and fanatics through education programs that help build learners’ resilience to violent extremism and mitigate the drivers of the phenomena. This initiative also aims to promote education as a tool to prevent extremism and strengthen the capacities of national education systems (policies, teachers, educational contents) to appropriately and…

Journalists should work together to drive quality reporting, says Google

Cooke noted that collaboration among journalists from various media organisations will tackle the challenge of verification. With the demand for quality journalism and information that people can trust growing as high as ever been, it would be best for journalists to band together and collaborate in gathering news and fact-checking, a senior official at Google said during the 17th Arab Media Forum in Dubai on Wednesday. London-based Matt Cooke, head of Google News Lab International, said news organisations should work together and utilise technology effectively in order to survive the…

Google to train 4,000 Mideast journalists amid mounting criticism of tech giants

Google will train 4,000 journalists in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) by the end of next year, a senior executive said at the Arab Media Forum in Dubai. The news comes as US technology giants come under increasing pressure over their impact on traditional media, the spread of “fake news,” and their wider impact on society. Carlo Biondo, the regional president of strategic partnerships at Google, told Arab News that it was not too late for Google to help improve its relationship with the media. “We continuously look…

34th International Book Fair kicks off on April 6 in Tunis

The 34th edition of  International book fair of Tunis will kick off on April 6, by Prime Minister Youssef Chahed, with attendance of figures from the world of culture, media and diplomats. A total of 259 exhibitors from 25 countries will take part in the most important cultural event nationwide. Algeria also registers its participation in this new edition as a guest of honour, where the presence of Algerian publishers will be important. Dr. Chokri Mabkhout, Director of the International book fair of Tunis who was awarded many Prizes, most…

Tunis exhibit celebrates long tradition of plastic art, highlights challenges

Plastic art, including painting, sculptures and installations, has a tradition in Tunisia dating to 1936. In celebration of Tunisia’s national heritage month, the Union of Tunisian Plastic Artists inaugurated an exhibition featuring more than 450 works from 265 Tunisian artists. The exhibition runs through April 4 at the Art Gallery of the Palace of Kheireddine and three other galleries around Tunis. “The annual exhibition takes place in different galleries to showcase the works of Tunisian artists,” said Wissem Gharsallah, secretary-general of the Union of Tunisian Plastic Artists. “It is also…

Tunisia opens City of Culture

The City of Culture, Tunisia’s largest multi-faceted cultural monument, was officially inaugurated on Wednesday evening. The richly equipped City of Culture complex, launched a decade ago but long stalled, incorporates a modern art museum, a 1,800-seat opera, two theatres, a cinema, library and studios to host festivals. “Every Tunisian should be proud of this project, culture is the main tool with which we will fight terrorism,” President Beji Caid Essebsi said at the opening ceremony. “Tunisians have to dream and have confidence in themselves.” He thanked all those who contributed…

Challenging mix of modern art, politics and history in Bardo museum exhibition

The “Barker of Bardo,” a fictional persona created by Faten Rouissi, welcomes visitors to an exhibition of contemporary art. While the Bardo National Museum usually greets visitors with mosaics on the walls of white-clad rooms, these days guests are greeted by a giant white statue with a muzzle strategically placed where the head should be, lit with a blue projector highlighting a card that reads: “The Barker of Bardo.” Instead of the iconic mosaics, it is the “Barker of Bardo,” a fictional persona created by Faten Rouissi that welcomes visitors…

Ringing tribute to be paid to Professor Hichem Djait by Tunisian University

In a recent interview published by the Egyptian Arabic newspaper Al-Ahram, Tunisian historian Hichem Djait revealed that the Tunisian university will ultimately honour him, at the request of the Arab World Institute in Paris and as part of honouring some Arab thinkers. This initiative started with prominent Moroccan historian and novelist Abdullah al Aroui along with two Egyptians, namely Rochdi Rached, historian of Mathematics of Arab and Muslim world, Mustapha Safouan, specialist scientist in psychology. In fact, the honouring, after long years of retirement, is partly fair for Dr. Djait…

Aljanoubia TV in Washington

Tunisian Aljanoubia TV channel launched a new permanent office in Washington, in addition to the two other offices in Paris and Los Angeles. This initiative aims to cover American news and events, as a first Tunisian and Maghreb Channel to broadcast through its office from the U.S. federal capital. The three overseas offices will enhance the presence of this Channel in nationwide as well as worldwide media landscape, as its owner businessman Mohamed Ayachi Ajroudi aspires to improve the performance of his Channel continuously. It is an important step and…