Carthage and Hammamet summer festivals to be staged remotely

This is now the second year running that the summer artistic season in Tunisia has been severely disrupted.

Saturday 17/07/2021
The Indian dance troupe “Bollywood Express” performs during the 50th edition of the International Festival of Carthage at the Roman Theatre of Carthage in Tunis. (REUTERS)
The Indian dance troupe “Bollywood Express” performs during the 50th edition of the International Festival of Carthage at the Roman Theatre of Carthage in Tunis. (REUTERS)

TUNIS - Acting culture minister Habib Ammar agreed Wednesday to suspend all cultural and artistic events triggering national measures set up at the end of June to combat the alarming spread of the COVID-19  infections.

As a result, the ministry has decided the summer festivals it organises at Carthage and Hammamet will instead be broadcast simultaneously on television and the internet. Moreover, the programming will be limited to Tunisian acts. All foreign shows are cancelled and will be replaced by performances from local artists.

The same approach is being applied to the rest of the summer festivals overseen by the ministry which is being supported by the National Establishment for the Promotion of Festivals and Cultural and Artistic Events.

Independents should also broadcast their festivals digitally, said the ministry, adding that it wanted to encourage an online element to be built into all future shows, not least because it opened up events to international audiences.

Since the beginning of the health crisis in March 2020, the cultural and artistic sector has been heavily affected by containment measures and the suspension of activities on several occasions.

This is now the second year running that  the summer artistic season in Tunisia has been severely disrupted. The health picture in the country is still delicate with a high number of deaths and positive COVID-19 cases.