Wednesday, August 01, 2018

Morocco's Festival Season Continues

The Moroccan Ministry of Culture and Communication is responsible over the period from April to November of each year, for more than 23 festivals, spread over the different regions of the Kingdom

The festivals aim to present Morocco's heritage in new ways, celebrating the authentic artistic expressions of the different regions of the Kingdom, in order to preserve the national memory, to make known to the younger generations the richness and the diversity of the components of the Moroccan civilisation and to pay tribute to the great names of intangible cultural heritage.

The Ministry of Culture forms partnerships with public institutions, local authorities and civil society organisations in order to contribute to the preservation of the authenticity of this cultural and artistic heritage.

The Volubilis Festival moves to Meknes as music may damage the ruins!

The 9th Volubilis International Festival of Traditional World Music will be held from August 4 to 7 in Meknes under the patronage of HM King Mohammed VI.

The Festival is assisted by the Ministry of Culture, in partnership with the Council of the Fez-Meknes region and the commune of Meknes ,and aims celebrates the music and arts of the world and to act as a bridge for intercultural dialogue and the mixing of musical styles, in a Morocco of cultural diversity and openness to the world.

This 19th edition will, however, be deserting the historical monuments and archeological sites of the city of Volubilis and take place at the  Mohammed El Manouni Cultural Centre and the Place Lahdim in Meknes, because of the harmful effects  on the Roman ruins of the decibels and the vibrations produced by the high volume of music.

The city of Safi is hosting from August 10th to 12th, the "OxyJeunes" Festival under the theme "African cultural diversity at the service of sustainable development"

The theme chosen for this event, married the new vision of King Mohammed VI on African integration, as well as the new ambitions of the Kingdom for an Africa that is distinguished and develops its cultural wealth, says a statement of the association "Young Abir", organiser of this event.

"Festival OxyJeunes" is by far the most important cultural event in the city, at the same time as being a real platform to promote tourist and cultural values.

Artists from several African countries including Benin, Cameroon, Congo, Ivory Coast, the Comoros Islands, and of course Morocco, are expected to share with their culture with the public. OxyJeunes Festival this year is expanding the panel of activities and has introduced in addition to music, comedy and theatre shows, as well as the screening of African films.

The program also includes a children's village that will offer them various entertainment and education activities, a Breakdance and Skate competition, as well as a big carnival that will bring together several hundred Moroccan and African artists, in a single unit.


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