Di Najeh Mouehli e Caroline Nelly Perrotl da The Daily Star (Libano) del 23 marzo 2018
Claudia Cardinale, attrice italiana nata a Tunisi, è stata l’ospite d’onore in occasione della tanto attesa inaugurazione della Città della Cultura di Tunisi, un complesso che comprende un museo d’arte contemporanea, un teatro d’opera da 1.800 posti, due teatri, cinema, una biblioteca e studios pronti a ospitare i diversi festival che scandiscono la vita culturale tunisina.
CARDINALE STARS AS TUNISIA OPENS CITY CULTURE
Claudia Cardinale, the Tunis-born Italian movie star, was the guest of honor Wednesday as Tunisia inaugurated a long-awaited complex to showcase its cultural wealth. The richly equipped City of Culture 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.
“Every Tunisian should be proud of this project; culture is the main tool with which we will fight terrorism,” President Beji Caid Essebsi said at the opening ceremony.
“Tunisians have to dream and have confidence in themselves.”
The project was initially launched under President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, who was overthrown in a 2011 revolution.
Located in central Tunis, the nine-hectare Cite de la Culture with its iconic glass globe is estimated to have cost 130 million dinars (more than $49 million).
Culture Minister Mohammad Zine al-Abidine told reporters at the opening that it is “the largest cultural complex in the Maghreb, the Arab world and Africa.”
The project, held up by financial disputes, had been abandoned after the revolution but was revived in March 2016. The newly formed orchestra of the Tunis Opera was to play music from Georges Bizet’s “Carmen,” sung by three Tunisian artists, accompanied by a choir and orchestra from Ukraine.