Fez's Festival of Sacred Music criticised
Naoufel Cherkaoui, reporting for Magharebia in Rabat reports that there is criticism of the festival growing at the expense of local artists.
"We have reservations as Maghreb creators with regard to organisers' failure to take interest in Moroccan art, and we question the reason for the severe lack of Maghreb artists within the activities of a festival that is originally from Morocco," - Moroccan composer Aziz Hosni
The event may have lost its local focus with its growing success, however. The organisers have failed to involve local organisations, said Noureddine Mosaid, who serves as assistant president for the Fez-based Sabil Association.
"The festival targets the elite, and there is an absence of cultural involvement in events in the city, so we don't participate in developing its programme," he said.
Spirit of Fez President Mohamed Kabbaj defended the festival.
"If you look at the programme as a whole, we find it contains 90 percent Maghreb artists," he said. The events that lack Moroccan art – such as those at the Batha and Bab Makina venues – are private and charge an admissions fee, he said.
"The reason stems from wanting to make it more open to the cultures of different people and to not be dominated by a particular culture," Kabbaj said.
Sheik's body recovered.
Moroccan authorities recovered the body of the director of the world's largest sovereign wealth fund Tuesday, five days after a glider he was riding in plunged into a lake.
Sheik Ahmed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, whose glider crashed into a lake south of the Moroccan capital, Rabat, was managing director of the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority. He was also a younger brother of the president of the United Arab Emirates.
The 38-year-old Sheik Ahmed was ranked 27th on Forbes' list of the world's most powerful people in 2009. Analysts believe the Abu Dhabi fund he led is the world's largest sovereign wealth fund, with estimates of its size ranging from less than $400 billion to $875 billion and beyond.
The search for his body involved more than 100 divers from Morocco, the Emirates, France, Spain and the United States. Two royal Moroccan helicopters, night vision equipment and a medical helicopter were also used, according to Morocco's state news agency.
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