Mehdi Louati


As a research Master’s Student in Heritage, I have also a professional Master’s Degree in Hospitality Management and an Applied Management License in Tourism Products. I also take a long leadership experience by working with many associations in Djerba and now i’m the assistant Secretary General of ASSIDJE. By working with international artists, i gain a new understanding of my personal heritage, culture and values. Additionally, I become more independent, self-reliant, and self-confident as I learn to navigate and live comfortably in a different culture. As a result, it’s easier for me to form partnerships and work effectively to tackle global or multinational challenges. But also, develop my professional skills and my leadership experience.




Since 2016 | Member of ASSIDJE Association
Since 2016 | Research Master’s Student in Heritage
2014-2016 | Professional Master’s Degree in Hospitality Management
2011-2014 | Applied Management License in Tourism Products
1993 | Born




The University of Hildesheim is known for its applied teaching. There are four deparments. Department IV Kulturwissenschaften und Ästhetische Kommunikation (Cultural Studies and Aesthetic Communication) is combining science and practice of the arts like music, literatur, fine arts, media and theatre.  The Institut of Cultural Policy as part o the Department is stakeholder of the UNESCO Chair Cultural Policy for Arts in Development.

University of Hildesheim



From Riadh Dekhili, Director of the Tourism Office of Tunisia in Germany

After the inspiring light festival in the Medina of Tunis – “Interference” – in September last year, SEE DJERBA is now the second project of the Tunisian-German collective. Site-specific artworks and light installations will feature selected sites and the special architecture of the island capital Houmt Souk. Inhabitants and tourists can deeply immerse in the so special culture of the island and experience the creativity of an international community. SEE DJERBA is a sustainable art and culture tourism project which promotes the exchange between Tunisian and German artists and thus has the potential to become an annual festival of art on the popular holiday island.

Tourism Office of Tunisia in Germany


Djerba insolite association was created in the aim and idea to promote alternative tourism in Djerba.
Its objectives are: to make visible the negative impacts of mass tourism on the Djerbian society and its environment and to give another vision of the journey, based on principles of equity, mutual respect, preservation of heritage and cultural exchange.


Djerba Insolite


The ASSIDJE was made up 25 January 1976 and gathers 250 members today.  A Significant number, command of the third, however makes up of not Djerbiens.  Those adhered to it for two essential reasons: a keen Interest expressed towards the continued ideals, and an inward conviction that the tried experiment could be used as example for other areas in Tunisia. it’s aim, is to work in all the fields and by all the Means with the harmonious development of the Island of Djerba. In order to ensure the backup of its original nature and authenticates exposed with various aggressions of modern times.

This being able to be reached by
the cultural, social and economic promotion of the island,
the protection of its ecology, its urbanistic and architectural specificity traditional.

It proposes:
To promote and encourage all Studies and investigations.
To use all the means of information and diffusion.
To organizes periodic or occasional meetings.
In general to cause and undertake all actions being able to contribute directly or indirectly to the concretization of the objectives of Association

Why ?
Taken action, by Association for the Backup of the island of Djerba incur within the broader framework of the efforts, which tend to promote the island.  Article II of its statutes stipulates that it has the aim of working for the integrated development of the island and this by the backup of its characteristics (represented by Its inheritance) of its socio-economic organization, its landscape and generally of the multiple assets of its past.  Perhaps it would be convenient to recall, in order to raise any ambiguity, which it claims to replace no organization, which it is official or voluntary, having for mission of promoting Djerba.  It hears according to case’s, to take part in the actions under consideration by these organizations, to sensitize them with the noticed insufficiencies, to propose actions to them or to simply to present them suggestions and opinions circonstenciés on specific subjects.  We thus locate our intervention as promotion of the island of Djerba at the same time at the level of the individual or common action, of the sensitizing of the proper authorities and the consulting.




Neda Pouryekta

The first time I met Aymen and Bettina, I was instantly impressed by their enthusiasm, energy, and openness. I encouraged Aymen to think about a project inside Tunisia but outside of Tunis and his first words were “Djerba, the place where I am from”. I know from my own background how essential and beautiful it is to go back to your roots – for yourself and for the location. So I am very happy to be invited being part of this project, that Aymen and Bettina are bringing into the world.

[1] Workshop: Impact of Cultural Policies? Reflecting on German Cultural Policy

The work of Neda Pouryekta is focused on international projects, that are dealing with art, culture, and society. She is especially interested in works, that make possible perceiving life and the world from another perspective.

2013 Festival International Cinema Libre | Hamburg
2012 Out of the Slum | Essen, Marktkirche
2010 Out of the Slum | Essen, Hinterhaus

Since 2014 | ifa – Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen, Stuttgart
2012 -2013 | German Academic Exchange Servie DAAD | Salahaddin University | Erbil (iq)
Until 2011 | Studies of Socioloy and of Oriental and Islamic Studies (Master of Arts) | University Bochum (de) | University of Sana’a in Sana’a (ye)

ifa – CrossCulture Plus



CCP Plus brings together local actors and their networks to be active in the discourse and processes of social change. The focus is on sharing experience and transferring knowledge with organizations and institutions in Germany. The CrossCulture Plus module is aimed at former CrossCulture Programme (CCP) scholarship holders who have completed their internships abroad and are now keen to set up and run their own projects. Up to 15,000 euros is on offer to committed CCP alumni who would like to set up a project in Egypt, Yemen, Jordan, Libya, Lebanon, Morocco, Iraq, Tunisia. ifa supports alumni in the execution of their projects and provides training for CCP Plus participants once their applications have been approved.

Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen // CrossCulture Program