Tunis becomes Capital of Islamic Culture 2019

Full programme of events organised by ISESCO

20 March, 17:52

    The minaret of the Okba Ibn Nafaa mosque in Kairouan, 153 km south of Tunis The minaret of the Okba Ibn Nafaa mosque in Kairouan, 153 km south of Tunis

    TUNIS - The wealth of Arabo-Islamic cultural heritage in Tunisian cities such as Tunis, Mahdia and Kairouan - a stronghold of the kingdom of the first Arab leaders at the dawn of Islam - will be at the heart of the event "Tunis, Capital of Islamic Culture 2019" on March 21 at the Tunis City of Culture.

    The event was organised by the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (ISESCO) with the support of the Tunisian Cultural Affairs Ministry.

    Tunis is one of four Islamic capitals of culture in 2019, together with Al-Quds Sharif for the Arab region; Bissau, the capital of Guinea-Bissau, for Africa; and the city of Bandar Seri Begwan, capital of Brunei, for Asia.

    The Tunis Opera House will host a performance on Thursday evening titled "Dharwat El-Maali", a review of leading songs of liturgical heritage that combine orchestral writing and Sufi singing, performed by the Tunis Opera orchestra and choir.

    A full programme of activities and exhibitions are planned inside the City of Culture convention centre.

    ISESCO General Director Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri announced the programme, which will include 17 events centred on Islamic thought, science, architecture, literature, and art.

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