El Makhsen, a hidden jewel on the edge of the Medina in Tunisia’s capital

On the edge of the Medina in Tunis, in Bab Souiki, a little jewel of a cultural centre. El Makhsen is in a converted 1884 warehouse, started by Mohammed Ali Ben Jamaa, the well-known actor who’s popularly called Dali.

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The actor, who’s got something of a social conscience, decided to put the old warehouse handed down by his father to good use — providing a safe space for young people to sing, play, perform, write music and poetry and read.

He created this vibrant space.

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Note the door with its casually affixed notices.

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The posters on the wall advertising recent events in Heroes Build, the inspirational graffiti, rap and concert programme launched in Tunisia a couple of months ago. (Click here for an earlier blog on Heroes Build.)

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The umber wall with paintings.

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A part of the original entrance is a feature in the performance space.

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Dali with a singer, on the stage.

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This is the sort of space that flash magazines and newspaper supplements would feature as hip and culturally sensitive. It is hip but with a big heart.

Originally published at www.rashmee.com on April 9, 2016.

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