Dream City workshops
The Urban arts festival also serves to rethink the city. The world has become urban and we must build the city together, that is why this year we have organized a series of reflection workshops on important themes for Tunisia. We have invited Professor Eric Corijn, a renowned scholar, to plan and animate these debates. Professor Eric Corijn teaches at the Free University of Brussels. He is a philosopher of culture and a sociologist. He is also the founding father of the urban research center, Cosmopolis, and a consultant for the World Parliament of Mayors. Moreover, Corijn is the vice-president of the Brussels Studies Institute and director of the Brussels Academy. Every morning, from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm, he will host a Tunisian expert in the mythical Medresa Al Khaldounia. After an introductory presentation, they will discuss questions about urbanity in Tunis. The discussions are open to the public.
Dream City workshops
1. Wednesday 4 October : How to maintain the Medina heritage in the 21st century?
The Medina of Tunis is one of the biggest and most prestigious Medinas in the world. Registered as a world heritage site by UNESCO, it encompasses more than 700 monuments. But it is under the pressure of the modern city which attracts economic activities, tourism and globalization, which forces the souks to change activities and the palaces to change their functions. So how can we maintain a heritage in the 21st century?
3. Friday 6 October: Tunis, a World-City? Between the Medina and the New City
The world has become urban. Tunis is the biggest city in the country, and it is at once a political and an economic center. Around the medina, a modern city with its own centers and residential districts has developed. But the city has its social geography: the rich and the poor have their separate districts, the means of transportation are not the same for everybody, and the job market is fragmented. What city project is possible beyond all those divisions and inequalities and what are the priorities to be considered in order to achieve urban development? What city project is possible beyond all those divisions and inequalities and what are the priorities to be considered in order to achieve urban development?
5. Sunday 8 October: How to Change Urban Transportation in Tunis?
A city is structured around transportation. The centers depend on their accessibility. More than a million Tunisians move from one place to another every day. The public transportation network is not very efficient. Cars remain the preferred means of transportation. Throughout the world we are in the middle of a paradigm shift concerning transportation. How can we modernize transportation in Tunis? How can we minimize the role of the car? Can bicycles be a solution?
2. Thursday 5 October: The youngsters, engine of modernity
The young generations constitute one third of the Tunisian population. The economic crisis and certain traditions in the country cut out all sparks of hope for a future. The slow democratization process does not live up to the enthusiasm that fuelled the revolution. How can we develop a bright future? With what type of economy, what type of education, and what type of lifestyles?
4. Saturday 7 October: Art and The City
Art produces the imaginary dimension of society. Inviting artists to reflect together about the city inspires us. The more complicated the world is, the more we need such confrontations. “Dream City” is an art festival in the city. It was founded in 2007 by the Tunisian dancers and choreographers Sofiane and Selma Ouissi for the medina of Tunis. The festival continued throughout 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015 and the year 2017 marks its 6th edition. This year, the directors were joined by Jan Goossens as the artistic director. After a presentation of the history of the biennial, we will discuss the role of art in the city.
Eric Corijn (Brussels)
Eric Corijn (1947) is a cultural philosopher and social scientist. He studied Marine biology, Philosophy, Futures Studies, Science Dynamics and Psycho-analysis at the universities of Ghent, Brussels, Utrecht and Amsterdam. He holds a PhD in Social Sciences from the University of Tilburg in The Netherlands. Moreover he followed this with studies in Arts school in General Arts, Sculpture and Monumental Sculpture at the RHoK Academy in Brussels. He build a career as a researcher and university professor teaching in Ghent, Tilburg, Deusto-Bilbao, Louvain and Brussels.There he founded COSMOPOLIS, an institute for urban studies. He initiated several European programmes such as the Erasmus Mundus Master programme in Urban Studies 4Cities, with the two universities of Brussels, the universities of Vienna and Copenhagen and the Complutense and Autonoma universities in Madrid.
Moreover Eric Corijn is vice-president of the Brussels Studies Institute, director of the Brussels Academy and vice chair of the Regional development Commission of Brussels Capital Region. He is also very engaged as a fellow traveler of the performance arts, involved in the Arts Network of Brussels and academic supervisor of the Cultural Plan. He has published over 250 publications.