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…

Emel Mathlouthi and some music without frontiers

A DIVERSE double bill concert celebrating music without frontiers brought a Sydney Festival audience to its feet in the formal setting of the City Recital Hall Angel Place. Top of the bill was Tunisian star Emel Mathlouthi, whose song Kelmti Horra (My Word Is Free) became an anthem for the Arab Spring activists seven years ago, while the opening half featured two respected musicians, both with strong ties to Iraq but from different cultural traditions in oud master Rahim Alhaj and Egyptian born cellist and former conductor of the Iraqi…

Arabsat and Rohde & Schwarz establish IP-based DTH platform at ONT Tunisia

Following the announcement earlier this year of an agreement between Arabsat and ONT to launch a Tunisian broadcast platform on Arabsat Badr-4 at 26°E, Rohde & Schwarz has been selected to design, install and commission the TV broadcast platform, which became fully operational in October. Working closely with Arabsat, Rohde & Schwarz has installed its R&S AVHE100 encoding and multiplexing solution ten standard definition (SD), two HD television channels and 24 radio stations. All design, installation, commissioning and training requirements were provided by Rohde & Schwarz locally based team of…

“Coup attempt on Bourguiba” in historical documentary

The archives collected from testimonies, records and documentary images about the events of the coup attempt on late President Habib Bourguiba in 1962, also known as Lazhar Charaiti coup gave birth to the documentary work that gathered Historian and screenplay writer  Khaled Abid, Journalist Chedli Berhouma in the journalistic work  and directed by Fathia Khedir and Mabrouka Khedhir. The documentary was screened for the first time in a special presentation on Saturday in l’Agora movie theatre in la Marsa. “The idea of ​​preparing this film started in an article written…

Tunisia: 50th International Festival of the Sahara in Douz

The 50th International Festival of the Sahara in Douz, Tunisia is already sold out for this year’s edition, which runs from December 28-31 and celebrates the culture and traditions of the desert and nomadic tribes.This showcase expo for local folklore is a sort of desert Olympiad, with a large parade followed by song and dance as well as traditional weddings and ceremonies. There will be the classic camel races and simulated rabbit hunts on horseback and camelback, as well as purebred Arabian and Sloughi desert greyhound dressage. In addition, the…

“Fuel Fishing” investigative documentary sheds light on oil leak on Kerkennah island

The story begins with the suffering of a young man from the Tunisian island of kerkennah. A young civil society activist who has been defending the safety of his quiet island from the deadly oil spills which has damaged the fishing resources of the island. Oil leaks are the responsibility of oil companies investing in the sea close to island of kerkennah amid the absence of the state structures control that do not follow the repair of the environmental damage due to oil spills and do not demand the companies…

London museum to honour fashion giant Alaia with 2018 show

French-Tunisian fashion designer Azzedine Alaia will be honoured by London’s Design Museum with a major exhibition next year following his death on November 18 at the age of 77. “Azzedine Alaia: The Couturier” will run from May 10 to October 7, showcasing more than 60 pieces personally selected by the iconic designer. “Azzedine Alaia was recognised throughout his life as a master couturier who expressed the timeless beauty of the female form in the most refined degree of haute couture,” the museum said. “The Design Museum will now present this…