Guermazi, Spain’s Saura discuss cultural and artistic cooperation

Fostering cultural cooperation between Tunisia and Spain, notably in the heritage field, was at heart of Cultural Affairs Minister Hayet Guettat Guermazi’s meeting Monday with Spain’s Ambassador to Tunisia Francisco Javier Puig Saura, with attendance of Director of Cervantes Institute in Tunis Germinal Gil de Garcia.

The ambassador proposed during the meeting, to organise a photo exhibition dedicated to Tunisia, gathering about 107 historical photos dating back to 1892 and documenting the various archaeological sites in the country, and to draw up a catalogue of the exhibition in French and Arabic, the printing of which will be entrusted to the Agency for Heritage Development and Cultural Promotion (AMVPPC).

The meeting offered the occasion to discuss several issues related notably to the film and heritage sectors, the possibility to devise a work plan to help restore some historical, cultural and natural monuments as the Kacem Jellizi National Centre of Ceramic Art, the Carthage Hall at the Bardo Musuem, to continue the Chikly Island’s fitting-out project and organise workshops in matters of ceramics restoration, in coordination with the General Directorate of Heritage at the Cultural Affairs Ministry, the National Heritage Institute (INP) and the AMVPPC, reads a ministry press release.

Referring to the filmmaking sector, the minister underscored the importance of setting up a fund to support mixed film works, in a bid to boost investment in film cooperation between the two countries and increase the pooling of expertise and experiences in this field.

Puig Saura for his part, voiced his country’s wilingness to further cement this cooperation in all cultural and artistic fields, notably by enhancing the Spanish presence in cultural events and international festivals, calling for the formation of a joint working group to examine all projects and implement them.

Emphasis was laid on the need to draw up a joint file involving Tunisia, Spain and other Mediterranean countries to include olive oil, a special feature of the Mare Nostrum, on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

The “Hannibla Route” project and ways to revive it by inviting artists and historians to propose projects in order to valorise it were also reviewed during the meeting.

To this end, Hayet Guettat Guermazi suggested that a virtual route be designed by the Tunis International Centre for Digital Economy (TICDCE), pointing out that the use of new technologies in this kind of projects has become a factor of great efficiency in drawing investors and holders of innovative and creative ideas.

Source: Tap News Agency