Since the Revolution, the cultural landscape of Tunisia has changed – and fast. The voices of the old regime have been replaced by those of a new generation, which has taken culture out of the theaters and museums – and onto the streets. Suddenly everyone has something to say, and Tunis is their center stage.
This week, Tunisian Medical Interns are organizing a three-day festival of music, culture and information called Festiv’Aids. Using the slogan “love me but don’t die for me” the festival aims to entertain and to inform young Tunisians about HIV and AIDS. Each evening the festival is organized around a different theme – rock on March 29, jazz on March 30 and electro dub on March 31. The groups Myrath, Jazz Oil, and Kaly Live Dub feature on each evening respectively.
The biggest man in French slam – Grand Corps Malade – plays Sousse on Wednesday the 28th and the Municipal Theater of Tunis on Saturday the 31st. Slam poetry developed in Chicago in the 1980s, and has seen a revival in recent years by incorporating hip hop and urban beats. The concerts will be accompanied by a slam workshop in Tunis on March 30 and 31, which will be run by Tunisian slammers Hatem Karoui and Anis Zgarnias, as well as the Franco-Tunisian Nebil Daghsen. Unfortunately, the Tunis concert is sold out. You’ll need to check availability for the workshops.
The Jazz Club de Tunis, one of the main motors of a new underground jazz scene in Tunis, is hosting their monthly concert on Friday the 30th. Having outgrown their regular venue, they are moving to the Centre Russe des Sciences et de la Culture. This month features the Arnaud Meunier Trio, Hamdi Makhlouf on the oud, Kais Sellami, Aymen Attia Quartet, and special guests.
If you don’t feel like getting jazzy with the Russians, then maybe you’d prefer a movie with them. Saturday the Russian Spring in Tunisia film festival opens in Tunis. The festival will be screening recent feature-length and short films, as well as some classics from Russia’s celluloid archives. The screenings will be accompanied by debates and round-table discussions with a number of well-know Russian and Tunisian filmmakers and actors. The festival will also be travelling to Sousse and Hammamet in the coming weeks.
Returning to this week’s theme of urban culture, Kif-Kif Tunisie is organizing a Street Art and Graffiti meeting on March 29 and 30. Artists from Tunisia and France will be graffing a wall close to the TGM Station Tunis Marine. It’s part of a broader event that will include music, video, and street theater. Check their Facebook page for updates about a concert on the 31st as well.
Finally, a bit of a late one – but the wonderful people at Shutter Party have information about an innovative photography competition. Organised by the Spanish Instituto Cervantes, the competition’s theme is “change and movement.” The catch? The picture has to be taken with a mobile phone. According to the website, “The photographs have to reflect Tunisian reality, and be taken between March 16 and April 6, 2012.” The competition is free, and open to all Tunisian residents.
Festiv’Aids When: 29 – 31 March Where: Maison de Culture Ibn Rachiq (29th-30th), Carthage Thallasso Resort (Barcelo) (31st) How Much: 10TD (8TD Students) More Information: www.facebook.com/Festivaidsv2 Grand Corps Malade When: 31 March Where: Municipal Theater, Ave Habib Bourguiba, Tunis How Much: SOLD OUT Language: French More Information: Municipal Theater, ph 71 259 499 Slam Workshop When: 30 – 31 March Where: Maison des Jeunes, Ben Arous, Tunis How Much: Free but registration required More Information: 52 270 168 or firstname.lastname@example.org Jazz Club de Tunis When: 30 March, 8h30pm Where: Centre Russe des Sciences et de la Culture 34, Avenue de la Liberté, Tunis How Much: 12TD (7TD students) More Information: www.facebook.com/pages/Jazz-Club-de-Tunis/212714995468634 Russian Film Festival When: 31 March – 7 April Where: Opening on 31 March at Cinema Le Mondial. Check website for screening times and other information How Much: 2TD, free for Russians More Information: www.tunifest.com Kif-Kif When: 29 – 30 March Where: A factory wall near the TGM Station Tunis Marine More Information: www.facebook.com/groups/associationkifkif/ Photography Competition When: Until April 6 How Much: Free More Information: www.shutterparty.com