Culture and societal change in EU international cooperation 

Lessons from the project Tfanen – Tunisie Créative

Online Policy Dialogue Event
3 December 2020. 3pm – 4.30pm CET

Event details

Through an interactive presentation, the meeting has highlighted the main achievements and lessons from Tfanen – Tunisie Créative, a pioneering project in the field of cultural cooperation, funded by the European Union (EU).

This innovative project, implemented by the British Council on behalf of EUNIC (EU National Institutes for Culture), is part of the Support Program for the Cultural Sector in Tunisia (PACT).

This event discussed how projects such as Tfanen have a direct positive impact on the national and international cultural sector and civil society, but also promote the dissemination of values essential for sustainable development and respect for cultural diversity. This session also provided feedback for the future direction of international cultural cooperation.

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Confirmed Speakers

Bilel Aboudi

Bilel Aboudi has served as a Public Services Advisor at the Ministry of Cultural Affairs of Tunisia since 2001. As a public policy specialist, he was assigned in his early career to elaborate a new cultural policy framework based on development projects and cultural industries. Later, he was responsible as a negotiator and as a cultural policy specialist for development oriented international cultural cooperation, namely at the multilateral level (International and regional organizations). He graduated from Bilkent University (Turkey) in Management and Business Administration and has a Diploma of High Studies (Master) from the National School of Public Administration (Tunisia) specialized in development projects and policy analysis. He is currently the national director of the Programme to Support Culture in Tunisia (PACT)

Andrea Jacob

Director Goethe-Institut Tunis and President of the EUNIC cluster in Tunisia. After Andrea JACOB finalised her master degree, she worked as a journalist in Berlin. In more recent years she has also directed Goethe-Institut’s in Hamburg, Dakar and Yaoundé.

Gérald Audaz

Team Leader EU cooperation with Maghreb Countries, DG NEAR, European Commission. Gérald was earlier Head of Department and Economic Cooperation in the EU delegation in Tunisia. Also earlier he has been in charge of EU cooperation with Maghreb countries as well as in charge of the Country desk, EU cooperation with the Kingdom of Morocco and Head of Department and Economic cooperation with the Republic of Sierra Leone.

Catherine Magnant

Head of Unit, Cultural Policy, DG Education and Culture. Cathrine has been Deputy Head of the team in charge of cultural policy and innovation in the DG EAC where she dealt with the creative economy and fostered cooperation between EU countries in the field of culture. She has also been Head of the Task-Force of the 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage. Catherine has also worked in the EU external service with promotion of human rights.

Stephen Stenning

Head of Arts & Society British Council.  Joined British Council as Director Arts, Middle East North Africa based in Cairo he then leads British Council’s Culture & Development work that brought together creative and cultural programmes responding to global challenges.

Sofiane Ouissi

Artistic and general director L’ART RUE and Tfanen beneficiary. Choreographer, dancer and curator, Sofiane Ouissi creates all the artistic projects with his sister, Selma Ouissi from the beginning of their careers. Considered us a major figure in contemporary dance in the Arab world, they created many choreographic concepts in and outside the black box since 2004. They collaborate with many curators around the world. In 2007, they founded the Tunisian association L’ART RUE, a multidisciplinary artistic residency dedicated to artistic production and dissemination in the public space in Tunisia.  Within the structure, they created the DREAM CITY festival, the artistic factory in rural zone LAAROUSSA, the scientific magazine Z.A.T, the Art & Education programme and a digital performance space.


Shada Islam

Shada Islam is a respected and well-known Brussels-based commentator on European Union who now works independently as an advisor/analyst/strategist and commentator on Europe Africa Asia Geopolitics Trade and Inclusion. She runs her own Brussels-based global media, strategy and advisory company, New Horizons Project. Before that, Shada worked for nine years as Director of Europe and Geopolitics at Friends of Europe, an influential independent think tank based in Brussels. Shada is currently Senior Advisor at the European Policy Centre. She is Non-Resident Fellow at the Centre for Global Development, a Visiting Professor at the College of Europe (Natolin) and a Solvay Fellow at the Vrije University Brussel (VUB). In 2017, Shada was selected as one of the 20 most influential women in Brussels by the magazine Politico.


  • Welcomes from Robert Ness, British Council project Director and a representative of Tunisian Ministry
  • What makes Tfanen unique & what are its key achievements?  Short video and project presentation by Damien Helly, Team Leader of Tfanen
  • Key learning points and recommendations from the mini lab*
  • Panel discussion and Q&As (45-60 min)
  • Wrap up followed by a video of projects supported by Tfanen

*A learning and sharing session between Tunisian and European cultural actors held before the policy dialogue

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This event is the first part of a series of two policy dialogues, the second of which will take place in Tunis in 2021.