Cultural Initiatives in North Africa and the Middle East
"حكايات صبرة" is an audio documentation of eight folk tales with my mother's voice and recitation.
Before the advent of radio and television, The stories were a great company for the Tunisian families and a key component of their popular and cultural memories. It appears that the wise men are artists in their performance, in their elaboration of details, and in the ways of narration. Perhaps we did not know of them except Abdulaziz Al-Arwi, who was presenting his tales on the radio, and a large part of it was documented in three volumes. But the stories differ from one side to another and from time to time. Perhaps the Tunisian cultural blog lost many stories, tales, and proverbs that were not documented, and it ceased to exist with the death it preserved and its bearers.
During the quarantine period, and with the obligation to stay indoors and all activities disrupted, I found myslef near my mother listening to her stories with interest and amazement, waking up childhood memories. At the same time, she noticed her brilliance in the manner of performance, narration and description, and her ability to create suspense and intense listening, especially with her unique kirkana dialect and calm coastal rhythm. So the idea of registering it came. It was not easy to convince my mother Sabra to record her voice and post the content on social media. However, as soon as we started recording, I was passionate about the project and accomplished it with all comfort and spontaneity.
The main objective of this project is to preserve a portion of the Intangible Oral Heritage, especially since all the selected stories are different from the tales of Abdulaziz Al-Arwi known. Also, reviving the art of story and storytelling may be the start of projects concerned with public speaking, language and creativity in local colloquial dialects."حكايات صبرة" is the starting point for a complete research project that may reach various parts of the Republic to work on preparing "storytellers" who are able to formulate new stories and present them orally.
Project link : https://soundcloud.com/hamdi-mejdoub/sets/wxxzvarcs3ak
Is an Artistic cultural activist, he holds a National Certificate in Civil Engineering in June 2014. He worked in the engineering sector from his graduation until July 2015. In January 2016, he joined the working group in the orbit of Carthage, to spend two years in a row, practicing the management of cultural institutions and organizing artistic demonstrations and management. He obtained a training in cultural project management at the Goethe Institute (TUNIS) in May 2016. Organized and implemented a set of cinematic shows of the latest Tunisian films in all culture houses in the state of Sfax under the slogan "السينما في مكانها... السينما للجميع" in partnership with the Regional Commission for Culture in Sfax and Hakka Distributions during February and March 2018. General writer for the Alternative Society for Culture and Arts, and a founding member of the National Forum for Street Art in Mahres, who has embraced street artists since 2014 in order to introduce them and develop their experiences. During the fifth session, he produced the "أنا برشا" show, which was presented at the conclusion of the first session of Carthage's poetic days. Founding member of "BY الحوم؟" Working on creating an artistic and cultural movement in various districts of the Republic since 2017. A poet and playwright, he produced various artistic performances along the lines of "شيخ" for "Khatt" (Musical Poetry) and "محبّة" (Slam Show). He also participated in presenting various artistic performances, such as the display of the Bells group at the International Festival of Carthage in 2017 and the exhibition "أنا برشا" in 2018. Framing theater workshops for teenagers in the Al-Karam region under the supervision of the Creators Association since August 2018. Ambassador of Tunisia to organize the second session of the Africa Cup of Slam poetry to be held during the month of November 2020.