Meknès will be hosting this year’s International Freestyle Urban Dance Festival in which young performers are given the opportunity to present their moves, skills and music to a large public. The festival will run from the 7th to the 20th of September.
|Festival Director Wakrim Amine|
Wakrim Amine is the director of the International Festival of Urban Cultures of Meknes organised by L’Association Espoir Jeunesse Maroc, Freestyle Urban Dance Maroc. He says that this year, the festival's 12th, will see the participation of a large number of artists and dancers from many countries including France, Spain, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, England, Russia, USA, Algeria and Tunisia.
There will be 18 competitions in various disciplines that make up the hip-hop and urban culture, including graffiti, golf, freestyle, breakdance, house dance football, beatbox, rap and others. More than 800 athletes, artists and dancers will attend as well as more than 5,000 young beneficiaries from more than 10 countries. Another innovation that will mark this edition is the contribution from the Moroccan Royal Federation of Aerobic Sports who will select the hip-hop team to participate in the 2015 World Championships. The program also includes, hip-hop training and workshops that will be held at the French Institute.
National and international artists will be mentoring and guiding the talented participants in Meknès and its surroundings. The graffiti workshops will be supervised by the French artist Jaké and the Moroccan young artists will be supervised by Anass Dou and Soufian Zourgane.
In the last edition of 2014, the festival successfully gained support and recognition from many known personalities in the field of urban arts, including Emilio Austin (Buddha Stretch) who was Michael Jackson’s choreographer and the Moroccan musician, Amir Ali.
The performances in Meknès will be held at: Place l’Agora, Théâtre Lahboul, Théâtre de l’institut Français Place Administratifs, Maison des Jeunes Abdelkarim El Khattabi and Maison des Jeunes Mohamed V.