Monday, June 30, 2014

Faouzi Skali Ousted from Fes Festival Director's Role

It has been announced that Faouzi Skali, the president of the Spirit of Fes Foundation (Fondation Esprit de Fes) has been replaced by Abdelkader Ouazzane. The news came in a short note from the foundation

Faouzi Skali

The decision comes into effect on 1/07/2014.  Abdelkader Ouazzane will take on the role in an interim position for the next six months.

It is unclear what other positions will change. but a festival insider told The View from Fez that the Artistic Director Alain Weber is likely to remain in his position. The same source said that tensions had been apparent for some time and that this latest news was not unexpected. However, some have found the rapidity of the move, coming as it does just after the 20th edition of the Festival, to be surprising.

Abdelkader Ouazzane is also on the board of the Fes Festival of Sufi Culture as is Faouzi Skali. The future direction of the Sufi Festival is also in question, as is Skali's role in the festival

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