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The Art of Revolution; Tunisia, Egypt, what's next?

People all over the world are watching how Tunisians and Egyptians are changing the course of history. Is this a movement that will spread throughout the Middle East and beyond?

On Wednesday the 9th at De Balie artists, activists and specialists from Egypt, Tunisia, the Netherlands and Syria will discuss the outburst of the revolution, the history behind it and its consequences through the lens of the artistic (underground) scene.

Newspapers, television shows, blogs and tweets are in a rat race for the latest scoop and the most sensational features. Both politicians and the press act surprised by the recent events. However, within the cultural scene in both countries artists have been expressing their own original, opposing and often visionary ideas for years!

With: Hassouna Mansouri (Tunisian film critic), Sabri Saad El Haamus (artistic director of theater company DNA), Amiad Baiazy (Syrian activist), Petra Stienen (writer of ‘Dromen van een Arabische Lente’), Sami ben Gharbia (Tunisian digital activist), Frans Timmermans (MP, Dutch Labour Party), Abdelkader Benali (author) and many more. Presenter: Farid Tabarki.

Practical information
Date: Wednesday 9 February
Time: 20.00 - 22.00 hrs
Venue: De Balie, Kleine-Gartmanplantsoen 10 in Amsterdam

This event is fully booked. The Box Office of De Balie will open a waiting list for returns at 19.00 h. Alternatively, you can follow this event through a live stream at

The program is initiated by Neil van der Linden en Hassouna Mansouri in cooperation with De Balie, SICA, Hivos, IKV Pax Christi/PAX it and Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunsten.

De Balie SICA HivosIKV Pax ChristiAmsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst  Hassouna Mansoura