Francophonie Village to be “creative hub” for entrepreneurship, innovation and culture on Djerba Island

Hosted in the “Djerba Explore” Park on an area of 5 hectares, the Francophonie Village will be inaugurated on Sunday, November 13, 2022, by an authentic Tunisian show with the sounds of Djerba Island. The quite varied artistic opening (films, music, exhibitions, streaming games…) will also be marked by the presentation of a calligraphic work made by several hands and which constitutes one of the components of an event on the arts of Arabic calligraphy jointly organised by the Ministry of Cultural Affairs and the Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organisation (ALECSO), in light of the inscription of this artistic practice on the representative list of the intangible cultural heritage of humanity.


For ten days, the village will offer, until 22 November, a multidisciplinary programme with the participation of a large number of participants from the economic, academic, scientific and technological scene and from different entities of the French-speaking artistic and cultural world.


Conceived on the sidelines of the Djerba Francophone Summit to be held on November 19 and 20, 2022, under the slogan “Connectivity in diversity”, the village will be a space open to a wide range of activities for the implementation of economic, educational, technological and cultural cooperation between States and governments that share the French language, a language common to more than 300 million speakers spread over five continents. It will also offer innovative activities in line with the theme of the Summit since the central idea was to move away from recurring themes and opt for new themes more related to modernity and new technologies, which will enable the Djerba Summit to take a digital economic turn.


// 194 events around “Connectivity in diversity” //


During a press conference held Monday at the Start-up village headquarters in Tunis, in the presence of Mohamed Trabelsi, media coordinator of the XVIIIth Summit of the Francophonie, Mamia Taktek, village commissioner, Emna Ben Yedder, commissioner of the Tunisia pavilion, Mounira Mnif, president of the cultural and tourism unit within the Summit’s executive committee, Salwa Adelkhalek, head of digital content and Karim Jatlaoui, director of public relations at the ONTT, the programme of the village was unveiled. The village is intended to be a convivial place of animation, sharing and exchange, open to the public and where all the participants will be able to highlight their cultural, artistic and artisanal heritage as well as their potential and potentialities in all fields.


A large part of the workshops and seminars will be aimed at start-ups, companies, organisations, associations and various institutions from several ministries (Communication Technologies and Digital Economy, Higher Education, Women, Tourism, etc.) which will have the opportunity to exchange and explore new horizons in their respective sectors.


Favoured by cultural and linguistic affinity and belonging to a common space of sharing, the village will host, in terms of numbers, 194 events from more than 30 States and institutions participating in the Summit, 27 pavilions dedicated to States and organisations that will exhibit their cultural heritage and their various activities. There will also be 17 culinary tasting workshops, an exhibition on the art of calligraphy, film screenings, 37 workshops and a series of lectures on various themes, 43 artistic and musical performances. 11 virtual shows in the “Espace expositions immersives” and 21 programmes broadcast on the streaming platform will take visitors on a space-time journey through the different French-speaking civilisations.


// the village, a space for the circulation of multidisciplinary knowledge //


In keeping with the theme of the Summit, the village programme, which is intended to be a space for the circulation of multidisciplinary knowledge, is in line with the strategy of the International Organisation of La Francophonie (OIF), which is open to the diversification of different themes and which now encompasses the political, economic, cultural, tourist, educational and technological aspects with the aim of promoting exchanges based on diversity.


The village is also a place of learning and meetings for French-speaking businessmen and women and for several operators to do business worldwide, particularly on the African continent, and an opportunity for the signing of bilateral cooperation agreements.


Among the highlights is the first edition of the Francophone economic intelligence festival (FIEF2022) on the theme “Dynamising the Francophone economy” organised by the African Centre for Economic Intelligence and Monitoring (CAVIE, Cameroon) as well as the Unesco sound week which is held for the first time in Tunisia at the initiative of the Alliances Françaises of Bizerte (AFB) and Djerba (AFD) and the Plume de Paon association.


Two other major events: the presentation of an interactive map of the African continent with the aim of bringing African cultural heritage into cyberspace.  In addition, the “Edtech and Francophonie” conference, organised by Business France and France EduNum International (FENI), aims to strengthen relations between French companies and authorities in Africa and the French-speaking world.


The village will be the real beating heart and nerve centre of the island of Djerba, whose cultural and historical wealth will be highlighted through the organisation of several cultural and tourist tours. Handicrafts, tourist and cultural attractions, shows, as well as national culinary specialities will be widely present.


In addition to the conference room, stands for exhibitions as well as a “French-speaking talent stage” will be available to the participants in order to present a fun, educational and cultural programme accompanied by artistic performances and various strolls through the stands of several participating countries, offering visitors from all walks of life a sort of “common house” of sharing in the spirit of a “creative hub” of entrepreneurship, innovation and culture in the heart of the Island of Djerba, which will be adorned with all its beauty to welcome its guests for whom the French language is not only a shared and used language, but also a tool of creation and success in more than one way.


Source: Tap News Agency