Tunisia –National Institute of Heritage holds an exhibition for Arabic calligraphy


Location: Tunis – Tunisia

Language: Arabic

Voice: Natural

Duration: 00:04:07

Source: A24

Restriction: A24 Clients

Dateline: 23-04-2022


In celebration of the registration of the arts and skills of Arabic calligraphy on the Representative List of the Intangible Heritage of UNESCO, the Minister of Cultural Affairs, Dr. Hayat Katat Al Garmazi, oversaw the inauguration of an exhibition themed “Arabic Calligraphy; A Living Memory” organized by the National Heritage Institute and the Agency for Heritage Revival and Cultural Development in partnership with the Tunis Opera.

The Minister of Culture noted the existence of a study to launch the “Iqra” (Arabic for Read) project based on a proposal from the President of Tunisia, as he is fond of Arabic calligraphy.

The Iqra project is a center for calligraphy arts, especially Arabic calligraphy and ancient languages, which will be located next to the City of Culture, and will be a global center in partnership with UNESCO.

Shot list:

  • SOUNDBITE (Hayat Al Garmazi-Minister of Cultural Affairs):

“This exhibition is being held on the occasion of the registration of Arabic calligraphy in the Representative List of the Intangible Heritage of UNESCO. This exhibition is a respect for this art and a reminder of its importance and it brings together innovators and artists. Calligraphy expresses the richness of the Arab identity, of which Tunisia is a part and we are proud of that. Iqraa project is a project proposed by the president because he is fond of Arabic calligraphy. We are now in the process of studying this project, which is a center for Calligraphy Arts, especially Arabic calligraphy and ancient languages. It will be located near the City of Culture, and it will be a global center, and UNESCO will be a partner with us.”

  • SOUNDBITE (Fawzi Mahfouz – Director-General of the National Institute for Heritage):

“These paintings that you see are paintings by Tunisian calligraphers who work in calligraphy and in drawing oil paintings. As you can notice a variety of different shapes and approaches. The purpose of this exhibition is to highlight that Arabic calligraphy is still used, in addition to its features throughout history. It also has an aesthetic advantage and is an original and essential part of the plastic arts.”

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