Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Moroccan Flag Flies High in Australia

Last month the Moroccan Embassy in Australia took part in the 21st edition of Australia's National Multicultural Festival in Canberra, which concluded on February 19

According to visitors to the festival, the Moroccan stall was a fascinating attraction and during the festival was visited by thousands of Australians who expressed their interest in the historical richness, the geographical and cultural diversity of the Kingdom and their admiration for the beauty of Moroccan art craft and the elegance of the Moroccan costume.

For Australians with little knowledge of Morocco, the work of Moroccan artisans was of particular interest, with exhibits of work created from different materials including wood, leather, ceramics and bronze.

Moroccan Ambassador H.E. Mr. Karim Medrek
The Ambassador of His Majesty the King to Canberra, H.E. Mr. Karim Medrek, received visits at the exhibition  of The ACT Chief Minister, the Hon. Andrew Barr, the Minister for multicultural Affairs Senator the Hon Zed Seselja and ACT Labor Minister Rachel Stephen-Smith, in addition to several Ambassadors and members of the Diplomatic Corps accredited to Canberra.

The theme chosen for this year by the Moroccan Embassy was focused on enhancing the millennial tradition of the Kingdom and its multiple identities, symbolised by the peculiarities of its different regions, the richness of Moroccan heritage, the cultural specificities of the Kingdom and its touristic assets.

Moroccan culinary art was also honoured thanks to the dishes prepared and presented by the Moroccan Association of Sydney, which gave the Australian public an opportunity to appreciate Moroccan gastronomy with  its rich flavours and aromas.

For Moroccans the sight of Moroccan flags waving at the sky of Canberra gave a special Moroccan touch to this 2017 edition of the Canberra National Multicultural Festival.

Australia's Multicultural Affairs Minister Zed Seslja with the Ambassador

Since taking up his duties in Canberra, Karim Medrek has been very active and done much to raise Morocco's profile. As the Ambassador of His Majesty The King of Morocco to Australia, he also is Ambassador to a huge area - Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. Australia is to open an embassy in Rabat in the coming year and it is hoped that New Zealand will follow Australi's move and establish an embassy. H.E. Karim Medrek has already made a trip to New Zealand, where he was warmly greeted on Waitangi Day.

The Canberra National Multicultural Festival is one of the most important cultural events in Australia and has an annual audience of nearly 300,000 visitors. This festival allows Canberrans, national and international visitors alike to congregate in Canberra over one weekend for what is one of the biggest celebrations of cultural diversity across Australia.


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