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Carthage International Festival

When: 12 July - 23 August

Carthage International Festival is the country's biggest arts event and mixes a programme of local and international sounds in the old Roman amphitheatre. The festival was founded in 1964 and has, over...

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When: 12 July - 23 August

Carthage International Festival is the country's biggest arts event and mixes a programme of local and international sounds in the old Roman amphitheatre. The festival was founded in 1964 and has, over the years, attracted many of the greatest names in jazz music. The festival also includes many well-known African artists. Performances take place in the old Roman amphitheatre which is incredibly atmospheric and a great place to see live music performed.

Festival of the Sahara, Douz

When: 8-11 November

Stemming from an original Bedouin marriage market, the Sahara Douz Festival has now mushroomed into a huge celebration which attracts over 50,000 people every year, from nomads, to poets, artists, camel race...

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When: 8-11 November

Stemming from an original Bedouin marriage market, the Sahara Douz Festival has now mushroomed into a huge celebration which attracts over 50,000 people every year, from nomads, to poets, artists, camel racers, and even sand-hockey players!

Aside from the market, at the Sahara Douz Festival you can watch some impressive greyhound or camel racing as well as the equestrian military exercises known throughout the Maghreb as "fantasias". These involve a veritable swarm of riders cantering across the ground, turning abruptly and stopping in their tracks before shooting into the air.

If all the excitement is too much, you can always retire to the food area and gorge yourself on Douz's recently harvested dates!

World Biodiversity Day, Bou Kornine

When: 22 May

On 22nd May many nations celebrate World Biodiversity Day, with different themes each year - in 2008 Tunisia was the focus due to global interest in Tunisia's commitment to work in partnership with local and nation...

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When: 22 May

On 22nd May many nations celebrate World Biodiversity Day, with different themes each year - in 2008 Tunisia was the focus due to global interest in Tunisia's commitment to work in partnership with local and national stakeholders to preserve and promote biodiversity and their participation in agricultural development.

Each year in Bou Kornine Park there are guided tours and walks to promote and preserve biodiversity, although events such as planting of endangered plant species or talks on various aspects of biodiverstiy also go on all over the country. Those from all walks of society are actively included, such as children, the infirm or the mentally handicapped, although anyone is more than welcome to get involved in the various projects that go on.

Festival of Yasmine Hammamet

When: 12 July

A festival of Arabian music, arts and crafts, where Arabic artists' creativity is given free reign to display. There will be live music, art exhibitions as well as talks and poetry or fiction readings from local a...

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When: 12 July

A festival of Arabian music, arts and crafts, where Arabic artists' creativity is given free reign to display. There will be live music, art exhibitions as well as talks and poetry or fiction readings from local and/or often prestigious Arab writers and artists.

International Jazz & World Music Festival, Tabarka

Jazz: 6-14 July

From 6-14th July, the city of Tabarka will house the new edition of The Jazz A Session which is to succeed in attracting the huge crowd by focusing on artists of great calibre. It will be a genuine hodgepodge of...

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Jazz: 6-14 July

From 6-14th July, the city of Tabarka will house the new edition of The Jazz A Session which is to succeed in attracting the huge crowd by focusing on artists of great calibre. It will be a genuine hodgepodge of musical flavours all beautifully seasoned with timeless and polymorphic jazz.

 

World Music: 14-20 August

From the 4th-20th of August, Tabarka Jazz Festival will budge over for the World, Latino & Rai Music Festival. World Music is for music what biodiversity for the environment: a prerequisite for survival and growth. The Tabarka World, Latino & Rai Music Festival is a world tour of music, and, as we all know, an exposure to musical cultures from here and elsewhere is a source of continual enrichment for all, and a means to preserve and develop cultural heritage as a source of inexhaustible wealth to us.

The Latino section of the festival is more dance focussed, with three excellent evenings of music for which it is impossible to stand against the wall! The final, Rai, section of the festival will put the spotlight on North Africa, with a myriad of prestigious and talented musicians from the plains and mountains of the Rai area of neighbouring Algeria, and draws many loyal fans from all around to the performances every year.

Enjoy the breeze from the basilica, listen to the music and watch the dazzling sky, or keep up with the red hot pace of these exceptional bands and dance the night away.

Falconry Festival, El Haouraria

When: 12-15 June

The picturesque sea side town of El Haouaria (meaning 'the country of the eagle'), located in Tunisia’s green Cap Bon region, is holding the 43rd edition of its falconry festival. The festival attracts many for...

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When: 12-15 June

The picturesque sea side town of El Haouaria (meaning 'the country of the eagle'), located in Tunisia’s green Cap Bon region, is holding the 43rd edition of its falconry festival. The festival attracts many foreign visitors as well as Tunisians every year, who gather to watch the dramatic hunting scenes and high- flying competitions which make up the event.

Transmitted from father to son, the art of falconry rests on the training of two species of birds, the sparrow hawk for hunting quails, and the pilgrim falcon for hunting partridges. More than two hundred bird breeders take part in the event, competing for the best hunting prize. In the words of the festival director, Chedli Jelidi, “the aim of the festival is to preserve the art of falconry in El Haouaria”.

The festival also offers a spate of cultural events such as music shows, sea excursions, and a visit to the Roman grottos for which the town is famous.

At least two colloquia will be held respectively on, “The Adverse Effect of Climate Change on Migrating Birds”, and “The Practice of Natural Medicine & Biotechnology in El Haouaria”.

Thoroughbred Horse Festival, Meknassy

When: 5-8 July

Famous in equine circles around the world, Arab thoroughbreds are known for their power, grace and beauty. Each year, examples of the breed are brought to Meknassy in Sidi Bouzid where serious negotiations regard...

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When: 5-8 July

Famous in equine circles around the world, Arab thoroughbreds are known for their power, grace and beauty. Each year, examples of the breed are brought to Meknassy in Sidi Bouzid where serious negotiations regarding breeding programmes, stud fees and the like are discussed. Events range from military parades to traditional races.

International Festival of Sousse

When: 14 July - 18 August

The International Festival of Sousse celebrates the diversity of Tunisian culture and history, and its relationship to other cultures around the world. It includes performances of local music and theat...

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When: 14 July - 18 August

The International Festival of Sousse celebrates the diversity of Tunisian culture and history, and its relationship to other cultures around the world. It includes performances of local music and theatre, with the Govenor of Sousse, Mr. Abdul-Rahman Al-Imam, inaugurating it every year.

Ulysse Festival, Djerba

When: 17-25 July

Djerba, known in antiquity as the island of the lotus eaters, will host the 30th edition of the international Ulysses Festival from July 21 to August 4.

The session, which celebrates one of the island's most ill...

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When: 17-25 July

Djerba, known in antiquity as the island of the lotus eaters, will host the 30th edition of the international Ulysses Festival from July 21 to August 4.

The session, which celebrates one of the island's most illustrious visitors, Ulysses, will begin with majestic dance display of the great Greek hero, and will include cultural and environmental elements which will highlight the island's rich civilizational heritage.

Folk troupes from India , Serbia , Greece and Italy will take part in the event, as well as several Arab and Tunisian artists such as Lotfi Bouchnak, Noura Amine, Ahmed Cherif,  and Ahmed Mejri. Finally, a one man show by the Tunisian performer Lamine Nahdi is scheduled to take place at the Houmt-Souk open air theatre.

For this year's edition, the festival organisers have decided to include a children's programme with the aim of raising their environmental awareness. The programme dubbed, "Ulysses - A Friend of the Environment" will feature a sailing competition, sea games as well as the election of festival's most beautiful siren.

Malouf Festival, Testour

When: 17-31 July

The Testour Malouf Festival celebrates the Andalusian Arab music known as Malouf. Originally coming from Tunisia and other parts of North Africa, Malouf music became popular in Andalusia at the end of the 15th ...

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When: 17-31 July

The Testour Malouf Festival celebrates the Andalusian Arab music known as Malouf. Originally coming from Tunisia and other parts of North Africa, Malouf music became popular in Andalusia at the end of the 15th century. During the five-day festival, visitors can learn more about this ancient musical tradition through a series of performances, workshops, exhibitions and conferences.

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