Tunisia Heritage Day

Workshops with Local Communities & Outreach Activities

We organised an event at the site of Iunca in April 2018, as part of the 27th session of the Tunisian Heritage Month under the theme ‘Universal Values of Tunisian Cultural Heritage’ in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture and the Institut National du Patrimoine (INP).

At the end of the first year of the project there was a meeting with the trainees to evaluate the progress of their mini-projects and select the advanced trainees. During this we planned, organised and implemented an event called ‘Tunisian Heritage Day’ as part of the 27th session of the Tunisian Heritage month in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture and the Institut National du Patrimoine (INP). The main aim of this project was to celebrate the tangible and intangible heritage of the site of Iunca and to involve the local community in promoting and protecting our cultural heritage.

Planning for the even was done in coordination with Ammar Othman from the INP. Posters and leaflets about the project and its activities were designed, and an exhibition to showcase our work to the local community (see Figure 1).

Figure 1, April 2018: Outreach event at Iunca, to the left the flyer/invitation to the event; to the right, leaflet about the project and its activities in English, Arabic and French.

Maps with clues, based on the trainees idea in July 2017, were created, that included the most significant architectural elements of the fort as an outreach activity for the kids; and feedback forms were also created (for adults, children and our participants) that included questions about the significance of the site and their perception of local heritage and the main outcomes of the event.

During this event, we delivered the following activities:

1. Outreach activities at the fort for adults and kids (see Figure 2).

Figure 2, April 2018 Event: the materials that were first proposed by the trainees in July 2017 and were further developed.

2. Present a series of short films and a slideshow produced as part of the ‘Training in Action’ project in one of the rooms at the Marabout (see Figure 3).

Figure 3, April 2018 Event: activities at the Marabout to the left; a series of short films about the project and its training season in July; to the right; a local crafts exhibition.

3. An exhibition at the Marabout including an historical overview of the site, Olive Tree photographic exhibition, stalls of traditional crafts and a food/drink reception. In addition, a showcase of local tangible and intangible cultural heritage through food, crafts, music and dance (see Figure 4).

Figure 4, April 2018 Event: activities at the Marabout to the left; the local crafts stalls; to the right; the exhibition shows posters about the project and its activities next to the room where the films are being projected.

This event was covered by one of the reporters from a local News Channel called:

‘Oeil Sur Le Sud Channel ةيرابخلاا بونجلا ىلع نيع ةانق’. This reporter had interviewed the project team, the participants and a few visitors (see Figure 9). A film was created and was widely published online and on the official channel and website of Institut National du Patrimoine (INP).

This is the link to the channel FB page https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=659436771058603.

Figure 5, April 2018 Event: to the left; A reporter from local News Channel is covering the event; to the right, the activities for kids.