From February 24 to 25th 2013 Meknes will host the first edition of the National Festival of Aissawa Art. Unfortunately the theme of the festival is not particularly enticing - “Heritage as a Mainstay for Advanced Regionalization” - but that aside, the festival should be exciting enough to escape its theme! The festival will take place at the Faqih Mohammed al-Manouni Hall of the Regional Directorate of Culture starting from 6:30 pm.
It is expected that more than 30 Aissawa orders will participate, such as Ouald Sheikh Kamel from Meknes, Ahl Touat Dar Damana from Ouazzane and Taaifa al-Aissawia from Fez, in addition to artists Abderrahim Souiri and the al-Asri Orchestra.
Under the framework of the festival, a seminar will be held on “Forms of Popular Expressions in the Issmaili City: Issawa Order as a Model,” with Prof. Mohammed Amine, Prof. Mostafa Benfaida, Prof. Muley al-Hassam al-Bouyahyaoui al-Idrissi, Prof. Mohammed Amine al-Alaoui. The seminar will take place on Saturday, February 25, at 3 pm, in the meeting hall of the headquarters of the Council of Meknes-Tafilalt region. At the same time, there will be an exhibition of the work of artist M’hammad Jacky Belhaj at the gallery of al-Manouni Hall.
The Institute Français
The French Institute in Fez has an exciting cultural programme running from September to December. There are exhibitions, installations and performances. Check out the entire programme by downloading the PDF from the link at the bottom of this story.
|Megumi Matsubara in Fez|
For the full programme of cultural events you can download the PDF HERE