Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Festival of Amazigh Culture 11th Edition

The 11th Edition of the Festival of Amazigh Culture under the theme "Alliance of Cultures and Religions for Peace" will take place from July 24 to 26 in Fez. More than 30 international speakers, 190 invited artists and 60,000 spectators are expected to take part.

This is one of the major artistic events of Fès-Boulemane region. Rich and varied, Amazigh culture is now comforted by the official recognition of the Amazigh language in the new Moroccan constitution. The authenticity of the Amazigh culture and diversity of the Moroccan identity are at the heart of the approach of the festival.

The programme of this edition (see full programme here) includes an international forum on the importance of intercultural and inter-religious dialogue for peace and social cohesion, as well as art workshops, musical performances, poetry readings and the presentation of a new book by the writer Mohamed Nedali. The program includes also art and books exhibitions, and Amazigh carpets exhibitions.

One of the main objectives of this forum is to discuss an integrated approach to the role of cultural and religious dialogue in the consolidation of modernity and democracy. The forum also aims to open up new avenues of reflection and other perspectives to move to another stage of the debate on diversity that would seek to link the political orientation based on cultural differences to democratic culture and social justice.

The forum is an opportunity for experts, researchers and leaders of civil society to debate issues related to history, modernity and cultural diversity and their role in the consolidation of peace, democracy, development, and social cohesion.

Moha Ennaji -Festival Director

For Moha Ennaji, the festival director, "this eleventh edition of the festival of Amazigh culture in Fez is a strong message of unity, solidarity and sharing. It celebrates a way of living, thinking and coexisting, of which Moroccans have always had the secret and enjoyed."

The opening will be on Friday, July the 24th at Palais des Congres with the tribute which will be made to the eminent Amazigh activist Moha Lyoussi (pictured left) for his numerous and laudable contributions to social and economic development of Morocco.

The same day in the evening, three concerts will be held, including Lenacay group, Khadija Atlas, and Latifa Raafat to whom the festival will also pay a tribute.

The second evening will be marked by the participation of Mustapha Oumguil, Rkkia Demsiriya and Aicha Maya.

In closing, Sunday, July 26, the Italian group Eivador, Khadija Atlas, Nadia Laaroussi and the Algerian group Tagrawla, and others will meet their public in Bab Makina.

Aicha Maya
You can see the full programme here: Amazigh Festival

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