Arts, Society and Players: A Panorama of the Tunisian Artistic and Cultural Scene

Claudine Dussollier
Document producer
  • Contemporary circus and outdoor arts
  • Kahwa - Euro-African meetings

Six months after heading to Alexandria, then to Cairo, with the goal in mind to meet two new members of their network, Circostrada initiated last October, in Tunis, a series of meetings entitled KAHWA (‘coffee’ in Arabic). It is from this first stage in Egypt, and more precisely the exchanges that took place during the Co-writing Lab, an initiative of Mahatat for Contemporary Art (Circostra-da member), that the KAHWA project was born. The KAHWA in Tunis took place under the guise of the 6th Dream City Biennale - a multidisciplinary modern arts festival - in collaboration with L’Art Rue and the Foundation Kamel Lazaar, and in turn marked the first step in the creation of a long-term project. For two days, participants exchanged ideas around various topics relating to local artistic creation, with the link between the arts and society as central theme. In a society in transition, deeply shaped socially, economically and politically by the popular uprisings of 2011, what is the status of artistic creation in Tunisia today?

Table of Contents

  • A Little KAHWA in Tunis
  • Dream City, the multiple dimensions of an artistic event
  • To go further...

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