The only one of its kind in the Middle East, the Gulf countries and North Africa, the Arab Festival of Radio and Television is celebrating its 16th year between May 11th and 16th in the seaside resort of Hammamet, 65 kilometres south of Tunis.
The Festival is organized by the Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU), in collaboration with Tunisian radio and television institutions and in partnership with ARABSAT, the Arab world’s leader in satellite transmission.
The festival has several professional objectives to improve Arab broadcasting, including developing radio and television production, promoting a competitive environment to find the best Arab product and encouraging creative energy and youth talent in broadcasting.
Participation in the Festival is not only for Arab public radio and television companies, it’s also open to private channels, production companies and all creative professionals in the media, producers, directors, distributors and technicians. Foreign radio and television companies which broadcast in Arabic will also be welcome to the feast.
Besides the two major artistic and musical performances which will open and close the Festival, there will be several competitions in different categories of radio and television production, a market to bring radio and TV channels closer to production companies working on such productions, an exhibition of the latest developments in professional equipment, as well as several forums and discussion workshops covering major issues related to the industry.
Several new elements characterize this year’s festival:
- for the first time all the components will take place outside the city of Tunis
- as of this year the Festival will be an annual event, instead of once every two years
- to further encourage competition, the best productions will receive not only the prestigious trophy, there will be significant cash prizes as well
- finally, to open the festival to the outside world, foreign radio and television companies broadcasting in Arabic have been invited to participate in the various competitions.
For more information, visit the ASBU web-site: www.asbu.net
Coordinateur du Festival
Tel: +216 95990234