Thursday, January 11, 2018

Africa of the Africans - Fez Gathering Opens

Thursday evening saw the opening of the 3rd Fez Gathering. The opening took place at the ALIF Riad in Batha and was well attended.   Omar Chennafi and his team are to be congratulated on bringing a diverse range of artists, photographers and performers together

Omar Chennafi  - the man with the vision
The audience was welcomed by Omar Chennafi and fellow team member, Meryem Lahrichi, who thanked the key workers.  Omar went on to thank the sponsors and partners of the Fez Gathering.

The next couple of days promise a string of events that should prove interesting to both art practitioners and the general public. Entry to all sessions is free.

Between 9am and 10.30 on Friday there is a panel discussion on photography and documentary in Africa,  chaired by Frank Vellenger, a photographer from the Netherlands. The panel includes US Fulbright scholar, Tina Barouti,  Rabat photographer, M'hammed Kilito and Berlin based artists, Benjamin Füglister and Eva Maria Ocherbauer.

The second roundtable discussion of the morning begins at 11 on the topic of Ritual Practice and Sufism in Africa.  Panelists include psychologists, anthropologists and the Tijani spiritual leader  Sidi Brahim Tidjani. It promises to be an interesting discussion.

Both roundtables will take place at Dar Batha, 15 Derb Salaj (directly opposite the Hotel Batha).

At 3pm there is an African fashion show at the ALIF Riad.

You can see the full programme here: Fez Gathering 

German Designer Artist Sarah Kunze has an installation at Cafe Clock. Sarah has been working in the village of Sefrou with Culture Vultures.

German Designer Artist Sarah Kunze has a "flying carpet" project


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