Saturday, January 23, 2010
Fez Festival Theme: Journey of Initiation
This year's Fes Festival of World Sacred Music has the theme Journey of Initiation: from mystery to revelation.
Mohamed Kabbaj, Director General of the Festival, explains the theme as follows:
'The journey of initiation is concerned with learning about the world, discovery of the other, knowledge of the self, the quest for spirituality.
We all know of the great mystical figures, those emblems of each religion, such as Ghazali, the poet of the Revelation; Maimonides, exiled to Fez; Charles de Faoucalut in the solitude of the desert; the Buddha and his enlightenment. Knowing about such world figures has nourished civilisations.
'Man knows here what he doesn't know there', wrote Ibn Arabi, whose entire work encompassed a journey of initiation. This great mystical poet cconsidered every journey as being towards God: 'from Him, in Him, towards Him'.
The 16th annual Fes Festival lies within this realm of the journey towards initiation.'
Please note that there are some slight changes to the programme of events at the Festival.
For the programme in English, see here, and in French, see here.