Sidi Bou Said celebrates Arts | Tunisia News Gazette

Sidi Bou Said celebrates Arts

On the heights of the village of Sidi Bou Said that has taken the colours of the Mediterranean, Arts were glorified everywhere Thursday in this northern suburb of Tunis.

A celebration that started in the morning through to the evening to celebrate the launch of the Mediterranean Arts (FAM) in its first edition.

The official opening ceremony was held in Dar Zarrouk in the presence of ambassadors and representatives of the diplomatic corps accredited to Tunisia including Senegal, Bulgaria, Serbia, Gabon, Jordan And Cameroon who had come to support the festival, according to diplomatic adviser Fethi Abdelmoula.

However, this four-day event had been opened in the absence of Tunisian officials, regretted Samir Turki, the founder and director of the event which seeks to “enhance the role of Sidi Bou Said as a place of artistic and tourist cultural attraction.”

Artists notably from Tunisia, France, Egypt, Morocco, Jordan and Italy are present in the festival which focuses on visual arts, performing arts and painting workshops held in the mornings and conferences in the afternoons.

For Samira Turki, Chairwoman of the association “Mowatana & Tawassol” (citizenship and contact), the festival seeks to boost the image of Sidi Bou Said and revive its architecture, arts and culture and above all to raise youth’s awareness as to the value and importance of arts. The goal, she said, is to make an annual appointment in Sidi Bou Said hoping to extend this concept to other regions of the country.

Twelve writers will give lectures, tell tales and read poetry in various cafes of Sidi Bou Said.

A tour was organised in honour of the attending diplomats who climbed up to the top of the hill of Sidi Bou Said where there is a hundred-year-old tree. This “dead” tree will be transformed by sculptor Ajmi Youness into an art form through the achievement of a fresco that tells Tunisia’s civilisational heritage.

Source: TAP news Agency

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