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City of Culture officially inaugurated by President of Republic

Published the:  21/03/2018

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(TAP) - The City of Culture, Tunisia's largest multi-faceted cultural monument, was officially inaugurated on Wednesday evening by President Beji Caid Essebsi.

The inauguration ceremony of this new temple of culture, built on Mohamed V Avenue, took place in the presence of Prime Minister Youssef Chahed, Speaker of the House of People’s Representatives (HPR) Mohamed Ennaceur, government members, some MPs and presidents of political parties.

It also saw the presence of Director-General of the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (ISESCO) Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri, ambassador of sisterly and friendly countries accredited in Tunis and several Tunisian artists and creators.

In his remarks on the occasion, the President of the Republic stressed that "all Tunisians must be proud of this great achievement that was born despite difficulties that were overcome by the State".

“This is the first time that a project of this size has been achieved in Tunisia, regardless of its cost, because the dimensions it represents are important," he told the press.

Beji Caid Essebsi highlighted "the essential contribution of culture to the fight against terrorism", calling the new City of Culture a "project of life, progress and growth".

The Head of State thanked all those who contributed to the realisation of this project, saying "this City of Culture will remain a wealth for the future generations because Tunisia believes in culture, freedom and creativity."

He also placed emphasis on freedom of creation. "There is no creativity without freedom and one of the achievements of the Revolution is freedom of expression and creation," he pointed out.

The President of the Republic toured the various components of the City of Culture and visited the exhibition hall of the visual arts where he became acquainted with the exhibition "Tunisian modernity" that traces a century of the history of Tunisia from 1830 to 1930.

The inauguration festivities were marked by an opera theatre performance produced by the Ukrainian Radio Symphony Orchestra (Carmen City) conducted by Vladimir Sheiko, with the participation of Tunisian opera artists.

The troupe performed the Tunisian national anthem with a new orchestral arrangement by Iyadh Labbene before delighting music lovers with festive songs, followed by musical performances calling for peace and rejecting violence and extremism.

Star singer Lotfi Bouchnak then went on stage to perform two songs (Kalima and Ya Naim Allah) in front of a large number of delighted spectators.

The shows on the agenda of the inauguration of the Culture City will continue until May, with film screenings, art exhibitions and debates on literature and poetry and other forms of creation