Spring is here, and it’s not just the plants that are blooming. Festivals, events, and concerts are popping up all over the country, and the capital is no exception. It’s a great time to be stepping out, having fun, getting involved, and supporting what some of the great local and international talent has to offer.
The big event of the week is Le Festival du Printemps (The Festival of Spring), which is being held across the county. The festival includes theater, art exhibitions, concerts, recitals, dance, circus, photography, and sculpture – with events for children as well as adults. In downtown Tunis the two main venues are the Municipal Theater and the Fourth Art Theater on Rue de Paris. The festival will begin with a parade on Avenue Habib Bourguiba on the 22nd, and will run until the 27th.
If you are an admirer of the skill and craftsmanship of Tunisia’s artisans, or you just love to shop, the annual handicrafts exhibition is not something to be missed. Marking its 26th year, the exhibition will kick off this weekend in Le Kram – a northern suburb of Tunis. The exhibition will bring together over 650 artisans from all corners of Tunisia, who will display their wares in the largest exhibition of its kind in the country.
The wonderful silent film The Artist finally opens this week, for local release, in five cinemas. The story of two Hollywood actors in the 1920s – one on her way up, the other on his way down – has won awards and received acclaim around the world. If you’ve been hanging out to see it on the silver screen, the way a good Hollywood movie ought to be seen, here’s your chance.
On Saturday March 24th Kays Rostom and Imene Smaoui present a multimedia work incorporating dance, video, and music entitled Aswat, or “voices” in English. The performance interprets the Tunisian Revolution in three acts – focusing on sound, space, and body. It is billed as, “an echo of the voices of those who created the miracle and sowed the seeds of spring,” in Tunisia.
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Theater lovers will be making their way to Kef on March 26th for the 11th edition of the “24 hours of non-stop theatre” festival. It’s not the Mahabharata, but rather 22 productions, six concerts, a street parade, and various workshops. Despite the title, the audience will have the chance to get some sleep as the events are spread out over two days. Performers will gather from across Tunisia, as well as from Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Italy, the USA, and Saudi Arabia.
Last, but not least, if you like getting your hands dirty, you hate trash, or you just want to get to know your friendly and civic-minded neighbors, then get involved with the “Let’s Do It!” campaign this Sunday. Thousands of people in cities and towns across the country are going to don their work gloves and clean their neighborhoods of the garbage and junk that has been lying around for far too long. If you’ve ever walked past a pile of rubbish and wished someone would do something, here’s your big chance!
Spring Festival When: 22-27 March Where: All over the country More Information: www.facebook.com/FestivalInternationalDuPrintempsDeLaTunisie Salon de la Creation Artisanale When: 23 March – 1 April, 10h00 – 19h00 Where: Parc des Expositions et Centre de Commerce International de Tunis, Le Kram More Information: www.fkram.com.tn/index.php?lang=en L’Artiste When: from 24 March Where: Le Colisée (Tunis), Alhambra (la Marsa), Ciné Jamil (Menzah 6), Ciné Mad’Art (Carthage), Hannibal (El Manar) More Information: check local guides Aswat When: 24 March Where: Mad’Art, Av. Habib Bourguiba, Carthage Dermech More Information: 71 275 210 Non-Stop Theater Festival When: 26-27 March Where: Kef Language: Mostly Arabic More Information: www.facebook.com/pages/Centre-National-des-Arts-Dramatiques-et-Scéniques-du-Kef/142716782419853 Let’s Do It Tunisie! When: 25 March Where: All over the Country More Information: www.facebook.com/pages/Lets-do-it-Tunisia/330433670322606?sk=info