Music Festival to Bring Tunisians and Algerians Closer Together

“Khiwa” will be the first festival dedicated to Algerian culture in Tunisia

July 21st, 2016
Gaspard Fontaine, CD News

Tunisia and Algeria are more than just neighbours, they are brothers. It is this idea that the Khiwa festival wants to highlight – Khiwa means brothers in Arabic – by organizing the first ever festival dedicated to Algerian culture in Tunisia.

While both Algeria and Tunisia have their own rich and abundant culture and history, the two countries share much more in common than just their 965 kilometre border. Music, notably, has the power to transcend frontiers and can be a very efficient medium to connect people, especially if the roots of their music have the same origins. According the to the organization, the Khiwa music festival wants to highlight “the fraternity links that bounds [Tunisia] and Algeria”.

To do so, the festival wants to gather the best musicians from the two countries in Hammamet during the 23rd and the 24th of July. Four Algerian artists and two Tunisians artists will be present, including Reda Taliani, L’Algérino, Djmawi Africa or Kader Japonais.

With this line-up, the Festival intends to shine internationally and to show the creativity of Algerian and Tunisian artists. Ultimately, the festival will be the link between the Tunisian and Algerian cultures.

Between 12,000 and 15,000 people are expected to attend the two-day festival. Hammamet, thanks to its famous beaches and water sports facilities, is already the most visited city in Tunisia. Now, with a more diverse cultural experience to offer – the city already hosts a theatre festival – Hammamet should attract even more visitors, especially from Algeria and the rest of the Arab world.


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