“CENASA needs a new vision to meet the needs of cultural actors”, new PCA

"The National Center for Arts, Entertainment and Audiovisual (CENASA) needs a new vision to meet the needs of cultural actors", said Thursday, Etienne Lompo, its new Chairman of the Board of Directors (PCA).

"Although being a more or less stable EPE, the National Center for the Arts, Entertainment and Audiovisual (CENASA) nevertheless needs a new vision and a new lease of life, to respond more effectively to current needs. and future of cultural actors, national and international users", affirmed its new chairman of the board of directors (PCA), Etienne Lompo.

The new Chairman of the Board of Directors (PCA) of the National Center for Arts, Entertainment and Audiovisual (CENASA) Etienne Lompo

According to him, CENASA with these many years of existence certainly does not escape difficulties and requires a new dynamic for its proper functioning.

Mr. Lompo spoke Thursday in Ouagadougou during the ceremony of his installation by the Secretary General (SG) of the Ministry of Communication, Culture, Arts and Tourism Fidèle Tamini.

The new CEO of CENASA expressed his gratitude to the Minister in charge of Culture, Jean Emmanuel Ouédraogo for the trust placed in his modest person.

The new CEO of CENASA Etienne Lompo was installed by the Secretary General (SG) of the Ministry of Communication, Culture, Arts and Tourism Fidèle Tamini (right)

He says he measures the immensity of the task that awaits him and says he counts on the support of his collaborators to meet the challenges of the structure.

"This confidence thus calls me to assume a responsibility which covers complex and varied missions and which requires, among other things, professionalism, dynamism, probity, accountability, loyalty, commitment and performance, principles that I have always had and will take to heart. , be certain, to respect scrupulously,” he maintained.

Etienne Lompo also congratulated his predecessor Jacob Daboué for the work done during his time at the head of CENASA.

According to him, with all the workers, he will work for coherence and efficiency in order to initiate for CENASA, a new phase of its growth and its optimal development.

As a reminder, Etienne Lompo was appointed by the Council of Ministers as the new CEO of CENASA on June 21, 2023.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

Kaouther Ben Hania’s Les filles d’Olfa scoops ARRI award

Tunisian Kaouther Ben Hania's docufiction Les filles d'Olfa (Four Daughters) won ARRI Award, the top prize at the Munich International Film Festival. ARRI award is given to the best international film in the CineMasters competition section. The feature film is an international co-production between Tunisia (Cinetelefilms prod), France and Germany. It made its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival (June 16-27) where it was shortlisted in the official competition.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Franco-Tunisian researcher Hajer Ben Boubaker wins UNESCO-Sharjah Prize for Arab Culture

Franco-Tunisian researcher and sound director Hajer Ben Boubaker is the winner of the 19th UNESCO-Sharjah Prize for Arab Culture, also awarded to Lebanese actor and director Kassem Istanbouli.

A ceremony was held on June 26 at UNESCO headquarters in Paris to award the $60,000 prize, divided equally between the two winners, selected on the recommendation of an international jury.

Hajer Ben Boubaker thus becomes the third Tunisian to have won this prize, after Abdelwahab Bouhdiba and El Seed.

Abdelwahab Bouhdiba was a researcher and professor of sociology at the University of Tunis, who also headed the Tunisian Academy of Sciences, Letters and Arts, Beit Al Hikma. The prize was awarded to him in 2004, ex aequo, with the Spanish historian Juan Vernet Guinès, who is a leading specialist in Arab science and the development of science - particularly astronomy and cartography - in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.

In 2016, the Franco-Tunisian calligrapher EL Seed was the joint winner of the 14th Unesco-Sharjah Prize for Arab Culture, with the Egyptian artist, designer and art historian Bahia Chiheb.

The UNESCO-Sharjah Prize for Arab Culture rewards the outstanding artistic achievements of the laureates, who celebrate Arab art and culture throughout the world. At the heart of UNESCO's anti-racism and anti-discrimination programme, the Prize promotes peace and dialogue to foster intercultural understanding and celebrate diversity.

Created in 1998 on the initiative of the United Arab Emirates and managed by UNESCO, each year it rewards two laureates - individuals, groups or institutions - who, through their work and outstanding achievements, work to make Arab art and culture better known.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

23rd Arab Radio and TV Festival kicks off in Tunis

The 23rd Arab Radio and TV Festival kicked off on Monday in Tunis under the slogan of "Celebrating Arts and Culture." The opening ceremony was hosted on Monday at the City of Culture under the theme: "Arab Perfumes," and the closing ceremony will be broadcast live by the various Arab TV channels and radio stations. The official ceremony was attended by several Arab senior officials, including diplomats, professionals from the festival's media partners and featured artists. The official guests included President of the Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU) Mohammed bin Fahd Al-Harthi, ASBU Director General Abdelrahim Suleiman, Cultural Affairs Minister Hayet Ketat Guermasi and Syrian Minister of Information Butros al-Hallaq. A tribute was paid to Egyptian actress Sherine, Lebanese filmmaker Georges Ghabbaz, Emirati actress Fatma Houssani, Libyan filmmaker Hassan Garfel, Moroccan filmmaker Sanaa Akroud, Syrian actor Milad Youssef and actress Rawaa Saadi. The festival further paid tribute to leading figures from the Arab audiovisual landscape, including former chairman and CEO of the Tunisian radio and television broadcasting corporation (ERTT) Abdel Aziz Kacem, Tunisian actor Moncef Baldi, former Director of Egyptian Radio Iness Jawhar, former ASBU Director of the Administrative and Legal Committee Hani Farraj, Bahraini filmmaker Ines Yacoub and Taki Eddine Soubira from Comoros. The awards of the 14th edition of the Arab Music and Song Contest were handed over during the ceremony, which was held at the ASBU headquarters in Tunis last May. The Tunisian Radio won the 2nd award (US$ 3 thousand) in the musical works section for a composition entitled "Tamiarat" by Mohsen Matri. The winning works were selected by a jury made up of musician Mona Chtorou (Tunisia), artisit Mona Abelghani (Egypt), artist Dhia Eddine Jebbar Faraj (Iraq), academic Achour Fanni (Algeria) and poet Hédi Daniel (Syria). The Arab Radio and TV Festival is organised by ASBU in partnerhsip with the Tunisian Radio and TV Corporation and the Arab Satellite Communications Organisation (ARABSAT).

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

4 golden anniversaries celebrated in Seychelles in 2023

This year is full of anniversaries of events and milestones for Seychelles. Many of these milestones and events are now 50 years old and are the footprints of the Seychellois people's history.

SNA brings you 4 golden anniversaries being celebrated in 2023.

Anglican Diocese of Seychelles

The Diocese celebrated its golden jubilee on March 26 and a series of activities were organised to commemorate the event. The Diocese of Seychelles was set up on March 25 in 1973 and its first bishop was Reverend Canon George Cardell Briggs, consecrated at St. James Cathedral in Mauritius. The Anse Boudin Chapel on the North East Coast of Praslin is also 50 years old this year.

Seychelles' oldest marine park turns 50

Conservationists will celebrate 50 years since the Ste Anne National Marine Park was created in the Indian Ocean. The marine park which covers an area of 1.501 square metres is a veritable showcase of the island nation's submarine life, which visitors and locals can enjoy from the comfort of glass-bottom boats.

Created in 1973, the National Park, which is located 5 kilometres from the Seychelles' capital of Victoria, was set up to protect six islands off the northeast coast of Mahe.

The islands are Ste Anne, Cerf Island, Île Cachée, Round Island, Long Island, and Moyenne Island.

Archbishop Makarios Foundation of Seychelles

The Makarios Trust Fund, today known as the Archbishop Makarios Foundation of Seychelles, was founded in 1973 and gives schoolchildren in need bursaries through the Ministry of Education annually.

Through this collaboration, the ministry selects students from the state primary and secondary schools during the first term of the school year for the committee to assess and select from.

So far over 3,600 students have received bursaries since the fund was created, with an average of over 200 awards annually in recent years.

The charitable organisation was created by Cypriot Orthodox Archbishop Makarios III, following his exile in the island nation in the western Indian Ocean from March 14, 1956, until April 5, 1957.

Seychelles Regatta Festival

The annual Regatta event first took place back in 1973 at Beau Vallon Beach. After a hiatus of 4 years mainly due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event will be back at the popular Beau Vallon Beach on August 25-27. Many activities will be on the programme including the Miss Regatta Seychelles.

Source: Seychelles News Agency

Ocean Fair: Danny Faure Foundation unites Seychelles’ ocean lovers for exhibition

An Ocean Fair, organised by the Danny Faure Foundation showcasing the work that several organisations are doing to preserve the oceans, opened on Thursday.

Governmental and non-governmental organisations, educational institutions, the fisheries industry, and local artisans are among those participating in the exhibition open from June 1-3 at the Camion Hall in the capital of Victoria.

The spokesperson of the Danny Faure Foundation, Larrey Chetty said, "They are all organisations that since the foundation was launched, we have interacted with them."

The exhibition, which is being held under the theme 'a sustainable ocean', is part of the activities being organised to mark World Oceans Day on June 8.

The stalls at the exhibition are displaying informational materials, educational games where visitors can test their knowledge. (Seychelles Nation) Photo License: CC-BY

"Everybody can come together so that we can showcase what we are doing to protect and preserve the ocean; and for us to have a sustainable ocean," said Chetty.

This year the United Nations is celebrating World Oceans Day with the theme Planet Ocean with the aim to join forces with decision-makers, scientists, private sector executives, civil society representatives, indigenous communities, celebrities and youth activists to put the ocean first.

Seychelles, with an Exclusive Economic Zone of 1.4 million square kilometres, has one of the most biologically diverse marine ecosystems on the planet with seagrass beds accounting for 99 percent of the blue carbon extent.

The stalls at the exhibition are displaying informational materials, educational games where visitors can test their knowledge and the Foundation's memorabilia, some of which are made by Seychellois artisans - on sale for the first time.

"We are excited to welcome everyone to the Fair as the participants gather to showcase all the amazing work they are doing for the protection, conservation and sustainable development of the ocean," said Chetty.

He also took the time to caution those visiting the fair, that it was a time to remember "that whatever we do today, the children will suffer the consequences."

Former Danny President Danny Faure, the founder of DFF (right) with one of the displays at the exhibition. (Seychelles Nation) Photo License: CC-BY

The Island Conservation Seychelles (ICS), is one of the non-profit organisations present. Its aim is to sensitise people not only to the extensive work carried out on the several islands under its responsibility but also to talk about some of its challenges.

ICS spokesperson, Sharon Meriton-Jean, told SNA that their presence at the fair aligns with their "role of preserving and monitoring and coming up with projects to continue our preservation work."

One of the challenges ICS is faced with is the number of fish aggregating devices (FADs) found on the outer islands.

"We want people to know that while we do have our tuna fishing industry, we also have the FADs to deal with as a consequence," she added.

In addition to the organisations working for the preservation of the oceans, there were also artists like Nigel Henri and James Agricole showcasing their work.

"I took the time to exhibit my work, which is also for sale as this is how I am doing my part in preserving our oceans," painter Nigel Henri told SNA.

Chetty expressed satisfaction at the number of organisations who have shown interest to take part in the fair.

"Until this morning we were still getting calls from people who wanted to take part,"' but added that DFF could not accommodate them due to a shortage of space.

The Danny Faure Foundation was founded by former Seychelles' President Danny Faure to "contribute towards the sustainable development of Seychelles and to join the global community in its efforts to achieve a more equitable, just, sustainable and healthy planet, for the present generation and the future generations to come", according to its website.

Source: Seychelles News Agency

Third Tunisia Fashion Days in Sfax and Tunis June 1-3

Works by designers from Tunisia, the Maghreb and the northern shore of the Mediterranean are on the agenda of the 3rd Fashion Days, which will be held at the Institut français de Tunisie (IFT) on June 1 in Sfax and June 2 and 3 in Tunis.

Contemporary clothing design is at the heart of these days, which will showcase designers who have completed their studies and are still in the early stages of their careers, according to the IFT, which is organising this artistic event with various partners.

The programme includes a fashion show, exhibitions, meetings with the designers, conferences on clothing design and its contemporary concerns, accessories, the economy and fashion in general, and overcycling workshops.

The fashion show will feature the works of 7 designers including Anissa Meddeb, Hedi ben Mami, Emna Gahbiche, Justin Martinge, Fawzi Nawar, Latifa Hizem and Salah Barka. It will take place in the gardens of the Maison de France on Thursday June 1 and in the courtyard of the IFT Tunis on Saturday June 3.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Cannes Film Festival: Tunisian feature film “Les filles d’Olfa” grab l’Oeil d’Or

L'Œil d'or 2023 - the Documentary Award of Cannes Film Festival- was awarded to Tunisian "Les filles d'Olfa" (Four Daughters). The jury, chaired by Kirsten Johnson, includes Ovidie, Sophie Faucher, Pedro Pimenta, Jean-Claude Raspiengeas. It awarded the top documentary prize to Kaouther Ben Hania's Les filles d'Olfa and Moroccan filmmaker Asmae El Moudir's The Mother of All Lies (La Mère de tous les mensonges). The jury " praises the courage and imagination of Kaouther Ben Hania and Asmae El Moudir who invent mechanisms renewing writing boldly to explore the world's chaos." L'Œil d'or was established by the Civil society of the Multimedia Author (French: Scam); it qualifies both winning films for Oscar consideration

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

AMAN General Meeting: TAP wins Best News Item Award 2022-2023

Tunis Afrique Presse (TAP) news agency received the Best News Item Award 2022-2023 in the competition of the Alliance of Mediterranean News Agencies (AMAN), at the end of the 31st session of the General Meeting which took place on Thursday in Djerba.

Journalist Ahmed Gaddeh was presented with the award for his report "Conservationists join forces to protect endangered sea turtles in Monastir", chosen from among 9 other news items submitted to the competition, in which nine news agencies took part.

The best photo award went to the Turkish news agency Anadolu for its report on the earthquake in Turkey. The photo was chosen from 8 entries.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Burkina: The KIFIFE festival wants to instill a passion for cinema in children, Director

The 4th edition of the KIFIFE festival, scheduled for June 20 to 24, 2023 at the Ziniaré opera village, aims to instill a passion for cinema in children, said Thursday, the director and programmer of the event, Laurentine Bayala.

"The KIFIFE festival is a festival dedicated to children because most of the programming is focused on films for children," said the director and programmer of the cultural event, Laurentine Bayala.

According to her, we must work to instill the desire to consume cinema in children and prepare the next generation, since Burkina Faso is a country of cinema.

Laurentine Bayala was speaking Thursday in Ziniaré, a locality located 35km from Ouagadougou, on the occasion of the announcement of the 4th edition of the KIFIFE festival.

Ms. Bayala announced that 18 films (animations, fictions, documentaries) are on the program.

According to her, the holding of the festival will give the opportunity to the pupils of the Village Opéra as well as of the surrounding schools, to train in fields related to the cinema.

Laurentine Bayala specified that in addition to the screenings, three training sessions will be provided, namely training in image, video and acting.

“The Pocket Film, animated by the director-editor Ismaël Tall and the techniques of painting and 2D animation by the painter Fidèle Kabré” are on the program, she added.

The director of the village opera school and supervisor of arts classes, Ouédraogo Abdoulaye, suggested that the importance of this festival is to bring the child to know the profession of cinema because even if he will not be director, he will be a good cinephile.

He indicated that the film screenings are not dedicated only to children because there will also be screenings at different sites in the surrounding villages (Laongo, Pousgziga, Tamissi) and in the town of Ziniaré.

Mr. Ouédraogo called on the directors of the films to review the content of their productions and also invited the authorities to think about programs for children.

The Opera Village is a project that was born in October 2011 under the will of the German film director, the late Christoph Schlingensief who wanted to install in Africa, an artificial village where there would be many elements of nature.

In 2023, the school in the village of Opéra has 163 students. The teaching includes 80% classical lessons and 20% artistic lessons.

Source: Burkina Information Agency