• Uncertain but necessary: street vending in Tunis

    In post revolutionary Tunis, the streets are filled with vendors selling peeled cactus fruits, home- made muffins, cheap underwear, make-up products and fake perfumes. The counterfeit fragrances are mostly brought up from neighboring Algeria and Libya. Trade is brisk around Place Barcelone at the city center with vendors peddling smuggled wares and buyers flocking for … Continued

  • Urban sprawl plagues Tunis

    “The city of Tunis is in decay, all the solutions to solve its unpreparedness to shore up with the pace of its population growth are exhausted,” says Nabil Montassar, a Tunisian anthropologist. “I suggest that Kairouan becomes the capital, first because of its central location and its moderate proximity and nearness to most country’s governorates. … Continued

  • Weekly urban news roundup: March 17, 2014

    Johannesburg is Africa’s busiest city for twitter The top tweeting cities in Africa have been revealed in a new study that seeks to analyse the behaviour of Twitter users. According to a study by strategic communications agency Portland, SA and Egypt are the most active on Twitter, with peaks for the Egyptian uprisings and the … Continued

  • Fractured identities in Tunis

    As you walk through the Ibn Khaldun neighborhood, seven kilometers from downtown Tunis, the unaccomplished state of the area becomes immediately apparent. Since the 1970s Ibn Khaldun has been in constant flux, as residents continuously re-build their houses. Ibn Khaldun is no anomaly. Cities across Tunisia  are rapidly changing, a reflection of Tunisian’s own crisis … Continued

  • An uncertain urban future for Tunis?

    Echoes of street poetry resonate in the dusty domes and alleys of the Medina of Tunis. On breezy evenings in April, culturally sensitive youth crowded through the  gate of the ‘Beb Bhar’(Port de France) entrance, thirsty for poetry, music and art of the spectacular ‘‘KlemShera3’’ (street poetry) event. This spectacular show is just one of … Continued

  • Celebrations in Tunis

    Tunisians is marking the second anniversary of veteran dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali’s flight into exile in the first of the Arab Spring uprisings but insecurity and social tensions persist. A deadlock over a new constitution and the growing influence of radical Islamists are further challenges facing the nation since Ben Ali fled to Saudi … Continued

  • Roberto Cimetta Fund: Open Call for Travel Grants

    The Roberto Cimetta Fund is launching the second 2015 open call for travel grants from 1st to 30th April 2015. Artists and cultural operators living and working in the Euro-Arab geographical region can apply in Arabic, English or French. Priority is given to mobility from the South and East of these regions.

    The open call concerns two separate mobility funds: the RCF/Valletta 2018 Fund, and the RCF/Conseil Général Bouches-du-Rhône Fund. This call is therefore open for travel related to specific criteria of Valletta 2018 (indicated on RCF’s website), as well as travel from or to the Bouches-du-Rhône and from the cooperation zones of this county (indicated on RCF’s website).