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Tunis festival of drama this weekend

Tunis festival of drama this weekendTravelers in the north African country of Tunisia this weekend will be able to witness the 23rd annual Aly Ben Ayed festival.

This Friday (13th February 2009) the Hammam-Lif in the capital city Tunis will be the setting for the launch of the week-long festival, which continues until 20th February 2009, reports Al Arab online.

Professional drama troupes will put on performances and theatrical acts as part of the festival, which is inspired by the pioneering Tunisian dramatist Ali Ben Ayed.

Until his death in 1972 at the age of 42, Ayed shaped and influenced Tunisian drama with his seminal works, including Shakespearian adaptations and Caligula by Albert Camus.

Amateur theatrical associations will also be staging plays and performances to celebrate story-telling as an art during the seven-day cultural experience that hostel-staying travelers are sure to enjoy.

Ibn Khaldoun's, Future Fragments, based on the writings of Ezzedine Madani, will open the celebration of drama and is to be performed by the Troupe of Tunis City and will be directed by Mohammed Kouka.

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