Tunisia’s President officially inaugurated The City of Culture, the country’s largest cultural monument and a dream come true to the country’s intellectuals and artists who badly wanted a place to function as incubator for ideas and creativity.
The project cost the country $52 million.
“It is a moment that is not like any other moment. It is a day that is not like any other day, in a place unlike any other place. It is a dream that has been achieved of a beloved city that so resisted yet has finally given herself to passion and love, because passion is life, and because the lanes of desire can still yield to our passion, ”the country’s Minister of Cultural Affairs, Mohamed Zine El Abidine said in his opening speech.
The monument is located in one of the capital Tunis’ largest streets, Mohamed V Street, on an area of about 20 acres and has three theatres, three exhibition halls, a contemporary and modern art museum, a national book centre and a cultural investment centre.
It also has an 1800-seat opera theatre, a 700-seat theatre for parties, a 300-seat creative young people theatre and six other halls for production, warehousing and storage.