Claudia Cardinale stars as Tunisia opens City of Culture

Claudia Cardinale, the Tunis-born Italian movie star, was the guest of honor as Tunisia inaugurated a long-cherished City of Culture complex to showcase its cultural wealth. (Wikimedia Commons)
Updated 22 March 2018
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Claudia Cardinale stars as Tunisia opens City of Culture

TUNIS: Claudia Cardinale, the Tunis-born Italian movie star, was the guest of honor on Wednesday as Tunisia inaugurated a long-cherished City of Culture complex to showcase its cultural wealth.
The richly equipped complex, launched a decade ago but long stalled, incorporates a modern art museum, a 1,800-seat opera, two theaters, a cinema, library and studios to host festivals.
“It’s a source of pride for Tunisia,” Culture Minister Mohamed Zine el Abidine told reporters at the opening of what he called “the largest cultural complex in the Maghreb, the Arab world and Africa.”
The project was initially launched under president Zine el Abidine Ben Ali, who was overthrown in a 2011 revolution.
Located in central Tunis, the nine-hectare (22-acre) Cite de la Culture with its iconic glass globe is estimated to have cost 130 million dinars (more than $49 million).
The project, held up by financial disputes, had been abandoned after the revolution but was revived in March 2016.
Cardinale, who was born in the Tunisian capital in 1938 of Sicilian parents, was to take part in a formal opening ceremony later Wednesday along with President Beji Caid Essebsi.
The newly formed orchestra of the Tunis Opera was to play music from Carmen’s Bizet sung by three Tunisian artists, accompanied by a choir and orchestra from Ukraine.


Singer Souad Massi to hold concert at Mawazine festival in Morocco this year

Updated 24 April 2018
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Singer Souad Massi to hold concert at Mawazine festival in Morocco this year

CAIRO: Algerian Singer Souad Massi will hold a concert at the annual Mawazine Music Festival in Morocco.
The Moroccan audience are awaiting to be thrilled to attend the concert by the talented musician who has been away from the festival since four years.
Masai began her career as a singer, composer and songwriter in the 1990s.
She will be joining famous Arab singers such as Kathem El-Saher, Nancy Ajram, Mohamad Hamaki and Wael Jassar.