Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Moroccan culture highlighted in New York City

The French Institute and Alliance Francaise (FIAF) in New York presents their annual World Nomads festival from 30 April to 31 May. This year's focus is on Morocco.

There's a rich programme of concerts - everything from Gnaoua to Andalous to a rapper from Rabat - exhibitions of architecture and art, film and talks. Faouzi Skali, Director General of the Spirit of Fez Foundation and the man behind the Fez Festivals of World Sacred Music and of Sufi Culture, will be in conversation with Andre Azoulay and Dr Benjamin Barber. Their talk is entitled Essaouira and Fes: Sustaining Cultures.

Francoise Atlan will be joining other artists to speak about Women, Artists in Morocco; architects Aziza Chaouni and Jean-Louis Cohen will discuss the preservation of living environments, the challenge of mass housing and sustainable desert tourism. Artist and novelist Mahi Binebine and author Abdelfattah Kilito will explore artistic imagination and identity from a writer's perspective.

Soultana will make her New York debut on 6 May

Chief Curator of World Nomads, Zeyba Rahman, explains that the festival celebrates 21st century transculturalism through the arts while advancing critical thinking and dialogue among cultures. The festival will explore Morocco's parallel ancient/modern culture, sustainability, women, and the environment.

For the programme, see www.fiaf.org.

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