Historical landmarks

Historical landmarks 


29 May 1989

Promulgation in the Official Gazette of the Tunisian Republic (no40 of 13 June 1989) of the decree (no577 dated 29 may 1989) listing the Ennejma Ezzahra Palace as a historical monument.
The decree imposes a set of restrictions on the property, prohibiting any modification to the external or internal architectural aspect of the palace or its decoration or any rearrangement of the gardens and renders maintenance and the conservation of the property in its original state mandatory.
The proposal to list the Palace was put forward by the municipality of Sidi Bou Said by letter of 3 June 1988 addressed to the National Art and Archaeology Institute (INAA, the present National Heritage Institute). The procedure was provided for by law no86-35 of 9 May 1986 relative to the protection of archaeological properties, historical monuments and urban natural sites.  The application for listing was drawn up in August 1988 by the INAA in cooperation with the Association for the Conservation of the Medina of Tunis. The listing commission   met on 9 September 1988. The property is located within a listed district (decree 85/1246 of 7 October 1985).

20 December 1991 

During an inner ministerial council meeting devoted to the Ennejma Ezzahra Palace (Maison du Baron d’Erlanger), the tunisian president ordered the creation in the said palace of a multidisciplinary institution devoted to music, to be known as the Centre for Arab and Mediterranean Music and which would have both an Arab and a Mediterranean dimension.
The council also decided the creation of a steering committee to oversee the implementation of the project. The committee presided by poet, painter and playwright Ali Louati, included lutenist  Anouar Brahem, audio-visual documentation specialist, Hatem Touil, architect Lotfi Bou Zouita
( representing  the National Agency for the Promotion of Heritage,  Islamic history researcher Rachid Ghrib (representing  the National Institute of Heritage) as well as  a representative of the Ministry of Equipment.
 First concert given in the Ennejma Ezzahra palace after the CAMM’s inauguration.

29 November 1993

The first sound recording published by the CAMM is released. The record, entitled Tarab, was a tribute from Ennejma Ezzahra to the master lute player Ali Sriti.

10 October 1994

Promulgation in the Official Gazette of the Tunisian Republic of the decree (no94-2137) relative to the organisation and the management of the Centre for Arab and Mediterranean Music – Baron d’Erlanger’s Palace of Sidi Bou Said.

October 1994

Inauguration of the Tunisian National Sound Archive by the Minister of Culture.

29 November 1997

The Centre for Arab and Mediterranean Music was awarded the UNESCO based International Music Council’s prize

26 February 2007

Appointment of Dr. Mourad Sakli as Director of the CAMM.( in fact Dr. Sakli has headed
 the CAMM as of February 2002, as acting Director, following his appointment as Deputy Director in charge of the National Sound Archive 

November 2nd , 2010

Mounir Hentati, curator of the  palace Ennejma Ezzahra since March 1995 , is appointed as acting director of CAMM.

February 18th , 2011

Mahmoud  Rezgui , Head of Technical Department, is appointed as acting director of CAMM.

April 14th , 2011

Musicologist Anas Ghrab , is appointed as Director of CAMM.

 August 26th , 2011

Promulgation of Decree-Law No. 81 of 2011, dated  August 23rd , 2011 relating to  the Centre for Arab and Mediterranean Music. As per this decree makes the Centre turns from a public administrative body into a public non administrative body with legal personality and financial autonomy.

September 25th  2012

Promulgation of Decree No. 1959 of 2012 , dated September 4, 2012 establishing the administrative and financial organization and the procedures of running the Centre for Arab and Mediterranean Music .

June 1, 2012

Musicologist Lassaad Kriaa is appointed as Director General of CAMM .

July 2, 2013

First meeting of the Scientific and Artistic Council of CAMM, created as per  Decree No 1959 of 2012 .

August 15, 2013

Secretary General of CAMM,  Mohammed Ali Hammami is appointed as acting director.

November 18, 2013

Musicologist Soufiene Feki , is appointed as Director General of CAMM

February 18, 2014

First meeting of the of the Works council of CAMM, following the change in status.

December 30, 2016

Musicologist Anis Meddeb  is appointed as Director General of CAMM

March 18, 2019

Appointment of musicologist Saima Samoud, as Director General of CAMM.


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