Selma Feriani Gallery to host conference on “Mediterranean Horizons, discussion on artistic issues”, May 23


Tunis: The Selma Feriani Gallery in La Goulette will host on May 23 a conference on “Mediterranean Horizons, a discussion on artistic issues”.

A panel of international guest speakers and a presentation of video works are on the agenda of this conference organised in partnership with Institut français de Tunisie (IFT).

The speakers include Exhibition Curator and Art Historian Mohamed Ali Berhouma, Expert in history of contemporary art and Director of the Frac Corsica Fabien Danesi, Co-founder of the Bonifacio International Biennial of Contemporary Art Prisca Meslier, Exhibition Curator, guest curator at the Musée d’Art et d’Histoire de Genève (MAH) and visiting scholar at Brown University (USA) Anissa Touati, and International curator at the Tate Modern in London Valentine Umansky.

The featured artists are: Massinissa Selmani, Malek Gnaoui, Younes Ben Slimane and Ismaïl Bahri.

“Marked by an obvious cultural diversity, the Mediterranean region, which is located at the crossroads of three continents, appears
to be a unique space where different civilizations have met and confronted each other for millennia…This discussion aims to address the issue of North-South exchanges, and the importance of South-South exchanges, which are increasingly significant and, quite frankly, crucial for our 21st century, abandoning the grand narratives traditionally dominated by Western perspectives,” reads a statement published by the gallery.

“Mediterranean Horizons” seeks to discuss the way in which artists in the Mediterranean can offer alternative approaches that contribute to better mutual understanding between the different cultures of this rich and complex region.”

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Two Tunisians among winners of Abdul Rahman Abdullah Al-Mushayqih Literary Arts Competition


Tunis: Tunisian writer Sana Ben Abdallah and poet Mabrouk Salah Sayari are among the 12 winners of the 4th Abdul Rahman Abdullah Al-Mushayqih Literary Arts Competition.

Launched by Saudi Arabia in 2020, the competition is dedicated to Arabic-speaking writers. The competition includes four categories: short story, Arabic poem, literary article and historical research, a new section created in 2024.

Sana Ben Abdallah won the 1st prize in the “Short Story” category , while Mabrouk Salah Sayari took the 2nd prize in the “Arabic Poem” category.

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Palestine to take centre stage at Arab Radio and Television Festival in Tunis from June 26 to 29


Tunis: The 24th Arab Radio and Television Festival will be held in Tunis from June 26 to 29, 2024. The previous edition was held from June 12 to 15, 2023.

The festival takes place each year at the City of Culture, which hosts the various events planned for this festival, previously held in the seaside resort of Yasmine Hammamet.

The opening ceremony takes place in the Tunis Opera Theatre, while the closing ceremony is held in the ancient theatre of Carthage. The opening and closing ceremonies will be broadcast live on various Arab television channels and radio stations, both public and private.

The Palestinian cause and solidarity with the Palestinian people will be at the heart of this year’s festival, according to the festival’s website.

Programming will focus on the resistance of the Palestinian people and Arab and foreign media coverage of the situation in the occupied territories since the start of the war on Gaza on October 7, 2023.

Entries are currently being selected by the selection committees f
or the two competitions and the two parallel sections, as announced on the festival website.

The committees will continue their work for a fortnight, at the end of which the shortlisted entries will be announced.

The festival announced that it had received ‘289 entries, including 147 television programmes, 108 in the official competition and 39 in the parallel section’. These entries were submitted by ’20 television channels, including 6 private channels, in addition to 18 production companies’.

As for radio, ‘142 radio programmes were submitted, 125 in the official competition and 17 in the parallel section, an unprecedented number in the history of the Festival’, according to the same source.

TV and radio stations that are members of the Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU) take part in the official selection, which is aimed at audiovisual media professionals. Production companies take part in the parallel section.

Two competitions and two parallel sections are dedicated to the participating televisio
n and radio works.

Two winners will be selected in each of the many categories (programmes, series, podcasts, variety and talk shows, reports, interviews, etc.).

In addition to the competition, the festival offers a cultural and artistic programme of conferences, tributes and guests of honour from some of the most emblematic figures on the Arab audiovisual scene.

In the central hall of the City of Culture, exhibitors from all five continents will present the latest technological innovations in audiovisual production.

Last year, TAP news agency had its own stand at the ASBU Festival to promote its journalistic productions (texts, photos and videos).

The Arab Radio and Television Festival is organised by the Arab State Broadcasting Union (ASBU) in partnership with Tunisian Radio and Television Corporations and the Arab Satellite Communications Corporation (Arabsat).

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

‘Critics’ Awards for Arab films’: Four Daughters’ scoops three awards


Tunis: Tunisian film ‘Four Daughters’ directed by Khaouther Ben Hania has won three awards at the 8th edition of the ‘Critics’ Awards for Arab films’, organised each year on the sidelines of the Cannes Film Festival.

This documentary feature film (107′, 2023) won the ‘Best Director’ and ‘Best Documentary’ awards, presented to Khaouther Ben Hania. The ‘Best Editing’ award went to Qutaiba Barhamji.

The awards were announced on Saturday at a ceremony on the sidelines of the 77th Cannes Film Festival (May 14-28).

Tunisian composer Amine Bouhafa won the ‘Best Music’ award for ‘Hajjan’, a Saudi feature film directed by Egyptian Bakr Shawky.

Amine Bouhafa was also nominated for Best Music for Four Daughters.

Kaouther Ben Hania’s film was also nominated for Best Actor (Majd Mastoura), Best Actress (Hend Sabry), Best Cinematography (Farouk LaSridh) and Best Editing (Qutaiba Barhamji) at this year’s Arab Film Critics Awards.

Ben Hania’s fifth feature, which is Tunisia’s entry for the 2024 Oscars, is a co-producti
on between Tunisia (Cinetelefilms prod), France, Saudi Arabia and Germany. It had its world premiere at the 76th Cannes Film Festival (May 16-27, 2023).

The Sudanese film ‘Goodbye Julia’, written and directed by Mohamed Kordofani, won this year’s Best Film Award and Best Screenplay Award.

The Arab Film Critics’ Awards are presented each year at a ceremony held during the Cannes Film Festival. The first edition took place on the sidelines of the 70th Cannes Film Festival.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

‘Four Daughters’ receives seven nominations at 8th Critics Awards for Arab Films


Tunis: Kaouther Ben Hania’s Tunisian film ‘Four Daughters’ has been nominated in seven categories at the 8th edition of the ‘Critics Awards for Arab Films’ organised by the Arab Cinema Centre – ACC, on the fringes of the Cannes Film Festival. Other nominees include composer Amine Bouhafa, actor Majd Mastoura and actress Hend Sabry.

In a document received by TAP, the Arab Cinema Centre unveiled the final list of nominees for the 2024 Critics Awards for Arab Films, including feature films and shorts.

‘Goodbye Julia’ by Mohammed Kordofani (Sudan), ‘Inshallah a Boy’ by Amjad Al Rasheed (Jordan), Hajjan by Abu Bakr Shawky (Saudi Arabia) and ‘The Teacher’ by Farah Nabulsi (Palestine) are among the films shortlisted for the various awards.

The nominees have been selected from all Arab films produced and premiered outside the Arab world during the calendar year 2023 only.

They will be voted on by a jury of 209 critics from 72 countries around the world.

The list of winners will be announced on Saturday May 18 du
ring the ceremony organised in conjunction with the 77th Cannes Film Festival (May 14-25).

Four Daughters (107′, 2023) is a documentary feature film directed by Kaouther Ben Hania. It has been nominated for Best Director, Best Documentary, Best Actor (Majd Mastoura), Best Actress (Hend Sabry), Best Music (Amine Bouhafa), Best Cinematography (Farouk LaSridh) and Best Editing (Qutaiba Barhamji).

Ben Hania’s fifth feature, which is Tunisia’s entry for the 2024 Oscars, is a co-production between Tunisia (Cinetelefilms prod), France, Saudi Arabia and Germany. It had its world premiere at the 76th Cannes Film Festival (May 16-27, 2023).

The music is by the renowned Tunisian composer Amine Bouhafa, also nominated for a Saudi Arabian feature film, HAJJAN.

Egypt-based actress Hend Sabry is nominated for Best Actress in Four Daughters and Kira and El Gin by Egyptian director Marwan Hamed.

The Arab Film Critics’ Awards are presented each year at a ceremony held during the Cannes Film Festival. The first edition too
k place on the sidelines of the 70th Cannes Film Festival.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Call for entries to UNESCO’s Youth Eyes on the Silk Roads International Photo Contest


Tunis: The 2024 edition of the Youth Eyes on the Silk Roads International Photo Contest is open for entries from 2 May to 14 July 2024.

Organised within the framework of the UNESCO Silk Roads Programme, and in line with the objectives of the UNESCO Youth Programme, by UNESCO’s Social and Human Sciences Sector, the 2024 edition of the Youth Eyes on the Silk Roads photo contest offers an exciting opportunity for young people from all over the world to capture their understanding of the shared heritage of the Silk Roads through the lens of their camera, according to the following link: https://unescosilkroadphotocontest.org/frdu

As the visual arts, and in particular photography, are so often used by today’s youth as a powerful tool for communication and self-expression, images have the potential to play a significant role in raising awareness of the key issues facing our contemporary world and help promote peace and understanding.

The photo contest provides an opportunity for young people to connect with one
another in a digital space and share their creativity and vision for the future.

The contest is divided into two age categories: 14-17 year olds, and 18-25 year olds. For the 6th edition of the contest this year participants are invited to submit their photographs that best encapsulate the shared heritage of the Silk Roads the theme of “Life Celebrations.”

The Selection Committee members will then examine these submissions and select the winners from each of the age categories. Examples of some of the very best photographs from the previous contests can be found here.

First place winners will receive a professional camera. Second place winners will receive a semi-professional camera, and the prize for third place will be a standard-model digital camera.

Around 60 of the best photos from the contest will appear in a professional photo album ‘Youth Lens on the Silk Roads’ and might be showcased in exhibitions held worldwide.

The Youth Eyes on the Silk Roads Photo Contest is an opportunity for young people
who live or have travelled within these regions to share their perceptions and further their understanding of the common cultural heritage and pluralistic identities emerging from the interactions and exchanges taking place along the Silk Roads.

The contest encourages the use of photography to extend these cultural interactions and encounters in the contemporary world, to foster mutual understanding and promote peace amongst the diverse populations encompassed by the Silk Roads.

The Silk Roads are an expansive region composed of a network of maritime and land routes. Originating in East Asia, South Asia, and Southeast Asia the Silk Roads cross the Central Asian sub-continent, the Russian steppe, the Iranian and Anatolian plateaus, and the Arabian Peninsula.

They also stretch through North Africa and Northeast Africa, from Tanzania to Morocco. Additionally, they pass through Eastern and Southern Europe, before reaching France and the Iberian Peninsula.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Preparations for Tunisian-French High Cooperation Council examined


Tunis: A Tunisian-French working session was held, Monday, at the headquarters of the Cultural Affairs Ministry, ahead of the 4th session of the High Cooperation Council (HCC) between the Tunisia and France, scheduled for June 27, 2024 in Paris.

This meeting was attended by Chief of staff of the Cultural Affairs Minister, Lassaad Saïed, Director of the French Institute of Tunisia (IFT), Fabrice Rousseau, as well as several officials representing the two countries.

The French-Tunisian High Cooperation Council is an important milestone destined to boost bilateral cooperation. The previous sessions took place in 2017, 2019 and 2021.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Arab-Islamic Art and Artistic Dialogue: Imitation of Nature, theme of lecture in Beit al-Hikma


Tunis: The Tunisian Academy of Sciences, Letters and Arts Beit al-Hikma is organising an academic meeting on May 15 on Arab-Islamic art and artistic Dialogue.

A lecture on the theme: “Arab-Islamic Art and Artistic Dialogue: Imitation of Nature in Occident – Orient Exchange” will be given by Habib Bida, a researcher and professor of higher education at the Higher Institute of Beaux-Arts of Tunis.

The lecture explores the influence of the Arab-Islamic art on artistic dialogue between the Orient and the Occident, Beit al-Hikma said, while advancing the concept of art as imitation of nature.

This artistic journey will turn the spotlight, in its quest to further dig in this concept and its impact on creative philosophy, on such leading figures as Aristotle, Al-Tawhidi, Ikhwan al-Safa, Ibn Al-Bawab, Delacroix, Gauguin and Riley.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

IFCD 15th call for applications launched


Tunis: The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) launched the 15th International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) call for participation with the deadline set for June 14.

Projects must be implemented and/or benefit eligible countries only, including Tunisia. Applications from international nongovernmental organisations (INGOs) must be implemented in two or more eligible countries and demonstrate that the proposed project has an impact at the sub-regional, regional or inter-regional level, the IFCD said.

The IFCD is a key instrument of international cooperation and assistance for the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (2005).

Through an open and competitive process, the IFCD funds innovative projects with up to US$ 100,000, implemented over a 12-24-month period.

The projects are evaluated based on their relevance, feasibility, financial management capacity, expected results, as well.

Since 2010, the IFCD has inv
ested US$11.5 million through 152 projects in 71 countries in support of the creative economy and to bolster inclusive and sustainable economic growth. These projects cover a wide range of areas, from the development and implementation of cultural policies, capacity-building for cultural professionals and entrepreneurs, access to new markets, to greater participation in cultural life.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Kaouther Ben Hania’s “Four Daughters’ clinches Best Director award at Malmo Arab Film Festival


Tunis: Four Daughters’ by Kaouther Ben Hania clinched the Best Director award at the 14th edition of the Malmo Arab Film Festival (MAFF) in Sweden.

A film project by director Sarra Abidi “Wear and Tear” secured three awards within the Post-Production Platform of the 10th edition of MAFF Industry Days (MID), held April 23-26.

The full list of winners of MAFF, organised on April 22-28, was unveiled on Sunday night during a ceremony at the Royal Cinema in Malmö.

“Four Daughters,” Ben Hania’s 5th feature film, is a co-production between Tunisia (Cinetelefilms prod), France, Saudi Arabia, and Germany.

This film premiered at the 76th Cannes Film Festival (May 16-27, 2023) and was Tunisia’s entry for the 2024 Oscars.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Tunisia displays 14 art pieces at Africa and Byzantium travelling exhibition


Tunis: After an initial display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York from November 19, 2023 to March 03, 2024, drawing nearly 190,000 visitors, a collection of works from Tunisia on the Byzantine period (from the foundation of Constantinople to the fall of the city by the Ottomans) is currently on show at the Cleveland Museum of Art in Ohio, as part of the 2nd stage of the largest travelling exhibition in the United States of America “Africa and Byzantium,” held on April 14-July 21, 2024.

The pieces, from three museums – the National Museum of Carthage, the Archaeological Museum of Enfidha and the National Museum of Islamic Art in Raqqada – TAP learned, bear witness to the contribution of African know-how and its influence on art and culture throughout the Byzantine Empire in its eastern and western parts, highlighting the influence of North Africa on Byzantine civilisation in its artistic, cultural and religious expressions.

The collection consists of two mosaics, including “The Lady of Carthage,”
considered to be one of the exhibition’s masterpieces. This emblematic piece from the Carthage Museum is a female representation that should be the personification of the city of Carthage in the Christian era.

Also on display are Christian lamps depicting Adam and Eve and the twelve apostles, terracotta tiles depicting the sacrifice of Abram, with biblical themes and Christian motifs, and two sheets of the Koran dating from the 8th and 9th centuries, when Africa became a Muslim empire.

A delegation from the National Heritage Institute (INP) led by its Managing Director Tarek Baccouche, attended the inauguration of the second and final phase of the travelling exhibition, in which Tunisia is participating alongside several other countries including Egypt, Morocco, France and Greece, with collections dating from the 4th and 5th centuries and tracing the relationship between Africa and the Byzantine Empire.

According to information presented by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, “the Africa and Byzantium exhibiti
on recounts Africa’s central role in international networks of trade and cultural exchange. With nearly 200 artworks rarely or never before seen in public, Africa and Byzantium sheds new light on the staggering artistic achievements of medieval Africa.”

“This long-overdue exhibition highlights how the continent contributed to the development of the premodern world and offers a more complete history of the vibrant multiethnic societies of north and east Africa that shaped the artistic, economic, and cultural life of Byzantium and beyond.”

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Yasmine Hammamet International Carnival 9th edition April 19, 20 and 21


Tunsi: More than 700 Tunisian and foreign artists are expected to perform in Hammamet for the ninth edition of the Yasmine Hammamet International Carnival, scheduled for April 19, 20 and 21, 2024.

This annual event is organised by La Médina Yasmine Hammamet in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism and Handicrafts and several other partners.

In a press release published on Monday, a copy of which was sent to TAP, La Médina Yasmine Hammamet announced that this carnival “will mark the opening of the tourist season in the seaside resort of Yasmine Hammamet.

It is being organised as part of the ongoing promotion of this resort as one of Tunisia’s top tourist destinations”.

This multicultural event will bring together artists from Croatia, France, Hungary, Italy, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Tunisia, which will be represented by over 300 artists.

Spectacular carnival parades and other artistic and entertainment shows highlighting the region’s cultural wealth will be staged in the main streets of the Yasmin
e Hammamet resort.

According to the organisers, more than 35,000 people and 600 artists from 8 different countries took part in the last edition of this annual carnival, which attracts large numbers of visitors every year

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Tunis International Book Fair: 25 countries… resistance around authors from Palestine and Italy as guest of honour


Tunis: 25 countries, 314 pavilions, including 154 Tunisian and 20 official pavilions, 8 prizes, almost 280 workshops for children and young people in 7 pavilions, more than 109,000 titles: these are some of the figures for the 38th edition of the Tunis International Book Fair (French: FILT), which will be held at the Kram Exhibition Centre from April 19 to 28, 2024.

At a press conference held on Monday afternoon at the City of Culture in Tunis, president of the organising committee, academic Mohamed Salah Kadri, said this exceptional event was being organised in solidarity with Palestine in order to break the “intellectual blockade” in a struggle that he described as “a cultural existence”.

On the other hand, this landmark event, marked by the participation of Italy as Guest of Honour, will be an opportunity to strengthen dialogue in the publishing sector, creating direct synergies between authors and publishers from the two countries, which share a common history and a proximity that is not only geographic
al, but extends to all areas of art and culture.

In order to bring books in all formats and on all media closer to children and rekindle their creative spirit, the Tunis International Book Fair, in collaboration with several parties, including the Ministry of Communication Technologies and the Digital Economy and the TICDCE, has planned a rich programme of workshops with varied content (readings in various literary genres, music, drawing….), educational games and immersive experiences.

On April 28, prizes will be awarded to the most interactive children.

The 2024 edition will see the presence of a large number of renowned authors from several countries, including Bayrem Ettounsi’s grandson, the Egyptian poet Mahmoud Bayrem Ettounsi, French writer and philosopher Alain Jugnon and Algerian writer, novelist, literary critic and academic Waciny Laredj, as well as Tunisian writers living abroad, including the poet Sami Amri.

It will pay tribute to the memory of the great Tunisian poet Mohamed Ghozzi and Kuwa
iti poet Abdulaziz Saud Babtine, in the presence of his son.

Palestine at the heart of the debate: Several Palestinian authors will be present, including writer Adania Shibli, philosopher Ahmed Bargaoui, Palestinian writer living in Syria, Hassan Hamid Ben Ahmed, and writer Zied Khaddech. Palestine will also be at the heart of the cultural programme organised as part of the fair.

The meeting-debate section will focus on narratives of genocide and resistance, with topics such as “Writing pain in Arab literature” and “The Palestinian, who is he? The lecture-debate section will include two lectures: La résistance et la question de l’engagement intellectuel, artistique et littéraire” and “La Palestine dans la littérature tunisienne” proposed by the Union of Tunisian Writers.

Italy as guest of honour: a dozen Italian authors will be present, including the writer, podcaster and youtuber Roberto Mercadini, author of the famous book ‘Le Génie et les ténèbres’, the writer and translator Evelina Santangelo from Pale
rmo, and the writer, journalist and thinker Marcello Veneziani. Five publishing houses and the works of twelve publishers are at the heart of a cultural programme under the banner of “The Mediterranean Soul”, with an exchange of words, including different literary genres – novels, poetry and essays covering various fields: culture, art, history, …. – with a programme dedicated to children and young people (6-13 years) and an educational laboratory dedicated to the Italian language.

The International Cultural Days: The fair’s foreign guests will have their say in the “International Cultural Days” section, with authors from Lebanon, Senegal, Argentina, Yemen, Egypt, China, Mauritania, Kuwait and Spain.

Six governorates at fair: in this annual rendezvous awaited by all book lovers in Tunis and beyond, six governorates are taking part, each with its own special features: Monastir, the pearl of the Mediterranean”, “Ariana, the bosquet of a thousand and one flowers”, “Gabes, oasis of art and creation”, “Sfax, c
ultural industry, roots and history”, “Kairouan, echo of splendour and memory of creators” and “Le Kef, crossroads of civilisations”.

The Tunisian Book Forum: this section aims to present Tunisian research publications in various disciplines, including Samir Becha’s “Encyclopédie de la musique tunisienne”, Hichem Ben Ammar’s “Image et imagination” and Mohamed Kilani’s “Le Livre sportif”.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Migration-themed film evening on April 4 as part of “10 Views on Migration” project


Tunis: A migration themed film evening with short films from various African countries featuring in the “10 Views on Migration” project, most of which have never before been shown in Tunisia, is scheduled to take place at Cinémadart, Carthage, on April 4.

Organised at the initiative of the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, North Africa office, this event is part of “10 views on Migration” project which aims to create an alternative point of view on migration and refugees, beyond the stereotypes. Through the power of film, audiences are informed and attracted to understanding the diverse realities of immigrants’ and refugees’ lives.

The screening programme includes nine films from nine countries, namely Tunisia, Algeria, Djibouti, Gambia, Mali, Senegal, Egypt, South Africa and Cameroon.

The event will also see the inauguration of the “10 views on Migration” exhibition, which presents different points of view of young African filmmakers on migration in and outside the continent.

Emphasis will be placed on perspectiv
es and experiences that rarely appear in the mainstream of international media reporting, such as the dimensions of migration within Africa and migrants’ capacity for action and creativity.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Sicca Jazz2024 : 16 performances from five countries in el Kef next May 1-4


Tunis: El Kef, the cradle city of Sicca Jazz or Siccaveneria, will play host to the festival’s ninth edition on May 1-4.

Sixteen performances from five countries, namely Tunisia, France, Austria, the United Kingdom and Palestine, are on the agenda.

La Kasbah, El Kef Centre of Dramatic and Performing Arts, Boumakhlouf Square and the Music and Theatre Institute are the festival venues.

A performance by Palestinian playwright Hassan Kaoud “Maken” is scheduled at the opening ceremony.

Exclusive concerts will be held exceptionally in Sfax as part of this edition (May 1-5).

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse