Theater director, actor and acting coach and one of the founders of the Organic Theatre group in the 80s. Fathi Akkari has participated in numerous well-known theater productions, directed over 10 plays and starred in several Tunisian and foreign movies. He has been collaborating with Ala Eddine Slim for several years and could most recently be seen in 'The Last of Us' (Ala Eddine Slim, 2016, first fiction film).
Selim Ben cheikh
Tunisian visual artist and alumni of the Fine Arts School of Tunis, where he obtained his master degree in plastic arts in 2003. He continued his studies at the University Paris 1 Sorbonne from which he graduated in 2004 in aesthetics and the science of art. He has frequently exhibited in Tunisia, with his last two solo exhibitions taking place at Ghaya Gallery (March 2017) , and The Box (September 2017). His work is often linked to the socio-political news of Tunisia and the MENA region.
Kaouther Ben Hania
Tunisian director who studied at the Art and Cinema School in Tunis from 2002 to 2004. In 2003, she participated in a feature film writing workshop funded by Euromed. In 2004, she continued her studies at La Femis before working for the Al Jazeera Documentary Channel until 2007. She went on to make feature films that found acclaim at several festivals and at the same time returned to her studies at the Sorbonne-Nouvelle University Paris. The first of her three feature films was 'Le Challat de Tunis' in 2014 - a social satire with an ironic undertone that addressed the relations between the sexes. In 2017, her feature film 'La Belle et la Meute' was screended at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival as part of Un Certain Regard followed by the prize of the Académie des Lumières for the best francophone film in 2018.
Lina Chaabane Menzli
Producer at Nomadis Images since 1997, she has been active in Tunisian cinema since 1992 as a production director and executive producer. She has been a member of the organisation Journée Cinematographique de Carthage since 1992 and was part of their management committee in 2008, 2010 and 2014. She has been one of the organisers and moderators of the Script Writing Workshop 'South Writing' since 1997 as well as being part of the teaching committee at the Med Film Factory - a training program for Arab producers and directors. She was a reader for the Hubert Bals Fund in 2010 and 2011.
Musician and musicologist with a doctorate in analytical ethnomusicology from Paris 4 - Sorbonne University class of 2007. He is an assistant professor at the Institute of Music at the University of Tunis where he teaches semiology of music, harmony and musical analysis. He is the author of several scientific articles including the latest 'Music with Extra-musical Purposes', published in London as part of the collection 'Music, Power and Liberty: Sound, Song and Melody as Instruments of Change'. He held the position of director of the Center for Arab and Mediterranean Music from 2013 to 2016 and during the same period was the Tunisian representative of the intergovernmental committee at UNESCO's éàà( 'Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions'.
Born in 1983, Malek Gnaoui is a visual artist who lives and works in Tunis. Studying at the School of Decorative Arts and completing an apprenticeship at the ceramics center of Sidi Kacem Jellizi allowed him to develop a new form of artistic practice utilising video, ceramics, installation, sound and performance. Malek Gnaoui discusses touchy issues around social conditions and the notion of human sacrifice in all its forms.
Taking cinema, painting, sculpture, calligraphy and writing as his point of departure, Nacer Khemir bridges the shores between North and South, East and West. His literary work consists of numerous published works and continues to grow. In 2017 he wrote, directed and produced the feature film 'Whispering Sands'. Nacer Khemir's films delve into myths to find better questions for the future. He has recently completed writing 'The Book Of Margins', dealing with his experience as a filmmaker and due to be published in 2018.
Salma Negra is the coordinator for the UNESCO's youth program in Tunisia. Prior to joining UNESCO, Salma was a university teacher for 8 years, teaching management at the Higher Institute of Technological Studies in Zaghouan where she was also a founding member of the Career Center the objective of which is to speed up the professional career of the institute's management graduates. Salma holds a master degree in accounting and management and graduated in high commercial studies from the High Institute of Commercial Studies of Carthage. Salma is very active at a civil society level and since 2011 she has acted as a founder and member of several Tunisian NGOs including Touensa, ACT and Adw’art.
The choreographer, dancer and artistic director Sofiane Ouissi graduated from the Conservatory of Music and Dance and the National Dance Center of Tunis. He also holds a French State Dance Diploma. Alongside his artistic accomplice and sister, Selma Ouissi, he is considered one of the major figures of the Arab world. Among their creations are 'STOP ... BOOM', 'Waçl', 'Here (s)', 'Laaroussa', 'Les Yeux d'Argos' and 'Le Moindre Geste' performed around the world including at the Triennale of the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, the New Museum in New York, the Triennale in Moscow, the Kunsten Arts Festival in Brussels and the Tate Modern in London among others. In 2007, he founded, again with Selma Ouissi, the factory of artistic spaces L'Art Rue dedicated to contextual art in Tunisia. Within this structure, where all artistic disciplines coexist, they have created 'Dream City - Festival of Art in the City' and developed support programs for young Tunisian creation in art and education.
An architect with an interest in art that shapes a city, which already manifested itself during her university studies. A volunteer at the contemporary art biennale 'Dream City' since 2010, she is very involved in civil society. She has been an assistant artist and actress for a 'Dream City' 2015 production and since 2016 she has been in charge of the educational projects of L'Art Rue and is managing the art and education component which aims to create spaces for educational workshops for children's development through artistic expression which incompasses 3 projects: 'Change ta classe!', creative workshops at L'Art Rue and the establishment of arts education in primary schools in collaboration with art and cultural schools.
After studies in classical dance at the CNSMP (1978/1985) and three months of training at the School of Dance of the Paris Opera, Malek Sebai began a career as an performer in the former USSR's Stanislavski Theater, at Italy's Ater Balletto, Corso di Perfezionanmento, in Munich at the Muenchener Staats Oper, in France at the Ballet du Nord and in the United States with Elisa Monte Dance New York. Since July 2015 she has been the secretary ggeneral of the Hayyou Raqs Association, which works mainly in the field of dance training. In July 2017 she performed the last choreographic piece by Radhouane el Meddeb at the Avignon Festival 'Face to the Sea, so that Tears Become Bursts of Laughter'.
Farouk Shabou studied at the Institute of Music of Tunis where he pursued his master degree in music and musicology. He is a former cello, tone and orechstra professor at the National Conservatory of Music of Tunis and also a founding member of the Quatuor Cadences. Thanks to his various orchestral formations in Tunisia and abroad notably at l’Orchestre des Jeunes de la Méditerranée, l’Orchestre Philharmonique du Maghreb and the London Symphony Orchestra, Farouk has performed as an orchestral musician and has co-organised several concerts and events in Tunisia through the Association Musiques Plurielles of which he is co-founder and the assistant secretary.
Always having been passionate about music, theater and cinema, Ghazi experimented with directing, writing screenplays, acting and direction of artistic spaces. He has directed over twenty plays, participated in several films andproduced institutional spots and sit-coms, but theater and cinema remain his priorities: more than a job, they are a passion. In order to make art more accessible and involve young people in this discipline, he is launching his own cultural space L'Artisto, where he is offering workshops, organising events and showing art.