As part of the Francophone Summit to be held on the island of Djerba in Tunisia, the Francophone Village will open its doors from November 13 to 22, 2022. The village, which we read on the Summit’s Facebook page, aims to be a “unified space focused on participation and cultural diversity, where everyone can Convergence in their differences and similarities.
Located in Midoun, within the five-hectare Djerba Explore Park, the Francophone Village will be completely free to the public, including the Lalla Hadria Museum and Djerba Heritage. Only the crocodile farm will remain subject to the fee.
Ms. Mimia Taktaq, a famous Tunisian designer, architect and scenographer, distinguished by several prestigious international awards, has been commissioned by the National Organizing Committee (NOC) to become the Commissioner of the Francophonie Village. Explaining her vision of the village, she indicated that this place, which spans over five hectares, aims to serve visitors with a real break of cultural pleasures, between powerful moments and moments of contemplation that unleash their feelings.
Around a friendly courtyard, a space for discussions and exchanges, the shops located in the alley, between the entrance to the village and the large square, will serve as shelters for the various exhibitions, the fruit of cooperation between the various French entities- the artistic and cultural world speaks.
The conference area, located opposite the shops, promises to be particularly lively as a place to share, reflect and learn. Several multi-theme conferences will be presented to the public as well as various workshops. Two connectivity related innovations will be presented: an immersive exhibition allowing for example visits to various foreign museums as well as a 3D screen.
Crossing the large square where catering areas will be established (including a gourmet restaurant serving Mediterranean specialties), visitors will be able to discover two of the village’s highlights:
• To the rich panorama of the art of Tunisia and the Arab and Islamic world presented by the Urban Lila Museum, a cultural event on calligraphy and calligraphy will be added in addition to an exhibition of selected artworks in the National Fine Arts Fund and the private collections of prominent Tunisian artists. These exhibitions will be organized by the Tunisian Ministry of Cultural Affairs and the Arab Organization for Education, Culture and Science (ALECSO).
• The Djerba Heritage Space, a living testament to the creative genius of the islanders, allowing visitors to discover the customs and crafts of Djerba, will be enriched with an exhibition that will provide the opportunity to discover the true landscape of contemporary art. Tunisian, in cooperation with art galleries.
Below, in a green space, 44 pavilions are planned to accommodate French-speaking countries wishing to display their heritage riches. In a festive and lively atmosphere, events, performances and cultural events will be organized around these pavilions. Among these pavilions, one will be dedicated to the International Organization of Francophonie (OIF) and the other to Tunisia.
I am convinced that the Francophone Village will be a special and festive place, where a good way of living together naturally prevails. The multiplicity of cultural mixes and projects that will take place in the village will give it a particularly strong dimension. We are already feeling all the positive energy that will revive the Francophonie village, bring about great success and fruitful exchanges within the French-speaking community,” said Mimia Tatake.
The final program of events at the Village de la Francophonie will be available on the summit’s official website.
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