Moroccan Cultural Days kick off in Tunisia
06/12/2017 16:47, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP) – The Moroccan Cultural Days kicked off on Tuesday night in Carthage under the sign “Culture, dialogue and Good Neighbourhood,” with a concert of the “Moultaqa Assalam” international orchestra conducted by Moroccan artist Ali Alaoui and will run till December 19.

Culture, citizens’ debate, cinema and gastronomy are on these days’ agenda.

This edition will not only be a promotional event but also a moment of debate and exchange on topics common to both the Tunisian and Moroccan peoples such as issues on human rights, women empowerment and citizenship education, Morocco’s Ambassador to Tunisia Latifa Akharbach told TAP.

“Moultaqa Assalam orchestra was chosen to kick off the Moroccan Cultural Days as it meets Tunisia and Morocco’s commitment to promote culture, peace and dialogue” she pointed out.

Culture Minister Mohamed Zine El Abidine who attended this opening ceremony highlighted the importance of the Moroccan Cultural Days in Tunisia in strengthening relations between both countries. “These relations share history and challenges,” he underlined.

Ali Aloui’s international troupe that gathers musicians from Vietnam, Burkina Faso, Turkey, France, Spain, etc… opened the show with a concert celebrating culture of communication and respect of the others.

The “Andalusia horizons” show, which was accompanied by dance numbers performed by flamenco dancer Serena De Sousa, celebrated Andalusia as a symbol of cohabitation between several Arab Berber, Jewish and Spanish communities. The troupe paid a tribute to one of the pioneers of the Tunisian music, music composer Ahmed Hamza by performing his song “chahloula”.

The Moroccan Cultural Days’ programme includes several events on culture, women’s condition, education and cinema. A round table on “education for human rights and citizenship” will be held on December 11 in the presence of education minister. A tribute will be paid to Moroccan feminist Fatima Mernissi on December 13 and the gastronomy days will be held on December 12-14.

A day dedicated to Moroccan cinema will be organised on December 16 in Monastir so as to attract audience out of the capital. These days will end with a meeting at the honour of former Tunisian students in Morocco on December 19.

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