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A recent survey on "the book and reading" which was instructed by President Ben Ali in 2009, showed that 22.74% of Tunisians have never read any book. The survey also reveals that women read more than men (+7.15%).
Within the framework of the 14th edition of the Carthage Theatre Days (JTC) an international conference was held on Monday under the theme "what future for the theatre in the world?". In his opening address, Mr. Abderraouf El Basti, Minister of Culture and Heritage Preservation stressed the importance of Theatre in Tunisia.
Among the items included in President Ben Alis electoral program, culture is one of its main components.
Iyad Bin Amin Madani, Minister of Culture and Information, was on Thursday awarded the Arab Organization for Education, Culture and Science (ALESCO) medal.
Celebrations kicked off in Tunisia's ancient city of Kairouan for the "Islamic 2009 Culture Capital" event, to reach its climax March 10. The event hosts more than 100 religious and cultural activities, art exhibitions, Sufist choir practices and folkloric lyric presentations, the minister told a press conference.
Tunisia is going to live through large-scale cultural events this year, which President Zine el Abidine Ben Ali called for to be exceptional, out of conviction that culture plays a crucial role in peoples development and achievement of their progress.