Smithsonian Folklife Festival Features Tunisia

Saturday, June 26, 1700 Tunis

Register Here:  Placemaking, Collective Care, and Culture: A Conversation with Global Practitioners | Smithsonian Folklife Festival (

Join the Smithsonian Folklife Festival on Saturday, June 26, at 1700 Tunis for “Placemaking, Collective Care, and Culture: A Conversation with Global Practitioners.” Cultural entrepreneurs Soraya Hosni, Nairi Khatchadourian, and Mark Gonzales share their approaches to cultivating creativity and reviving economies in Tunisia and Armenia.  Soraya Hosni and Mark Gonzales will share insights from founding The New Medina, a network of purpose-driven spaces in the medina of Sousse, Tunisia—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—including a culinary lab, heritage start-ups, and a global residency center.  Khatchadourian will discuss collaborative art projects undertaken in Armenia during and after the recent Nagorno-Karabakh war to demonstrate acts of care toward heritage, place, and people.

Overview:  The Smithsonian Folklife Festival will present Beyond the Mall: Making Matters on June 25-27. The weekend digital program series features both seasoned master artisans and the everyday makers who find solace and connection in creativity. The full schedule for Making Matters is available at: