Fez - The festival of Amazigh culture will be held on September 5-7 in Fez. The cultural event is organized annually by the South North Center for Intercultural Dialogue, Fès-Saiss Association and the Spirit of Fès Foundation in an attempt to participate in the national efforts to promote Amazigh and popular culture.
Fez – The festival of Amazigh culture will be held on September 5-7 in Fez. The cultural event is organized annually by the South North Center for Intercultural Dialogue, Fès-Saiss Association and the Spirit of Fès Foundation in an attempt to participate in the national efforts to promote Amazigh and popular culture.
The main objective of this edition is to highlight the historical and social significance of Amazigh and Hassania cultural dialogue, and the role of culture in the processes of development and democratization. The festival also aims to establish coherent strategies to consolidate intercultural dialogue, social cohesion, and democratic culture.
This festival is a follow up of Royal directives relating to the promotion of the Amazigh and Hassania cultures, which are an integral part of Moroccan national identity.
The festival includes two components:
– One devoted to the international forum on “The interchange of The Amazigh-Hassania culture and their relation to Sub-Saharan Africa.”
– And another component devoted to the Amazigh and Hassania music, dance, and poetry.
Both Amazigh and Hassania cultures, which are pillars of cultural diversity in Morocco, have a great impact on the lifestyle of the Moroccan population and on the customs and traditions of the whole society. This interchange between the different aspects of Moroccan culture has created a symbiosis and a remarkable cultural wealth that characterizes today’s Morocco.
The tenth edition of the festival will be a special period which will shed light on the positive impact that multiculturalism in general and the Amazigh – Hassania cultural dialogue in particular can have on democracy, sustainable development, and heritage preservation.
The objectives of the festival and forum
The tenth edition of the Festival of Amazigh Culture in Fez aims to consolidate the development process, the values of peace, dialogue and social cohesion.
One of the main objectives of this forum is to provide a comprehensive and scientific approach to the role of multiculturalism and democracy in Morocco and elsewhere, and to highlight its contribution to development, democratization, and peace building.
It aims to underscore and to support the positive impact of multiculturalism and democracy in general on economic, social and cultural development, and to explore ways to promote diversity in all its manifestations.
In addition to the forum, the festival will include concerts of the Amazigh and Hassania music and dance, representing different regions of the country and beyond, as well as arts activities and poetry reading.
Tribute to two eminent writers and researchers
Dr. Ghita El Khayat (a prolific writer and psychiatrist in Casablanca) and Professor Michael Peyron (French Anthropologist and specialist of Amazigh culture)
Tribute to outstanding Amazigh and Hassania artists
The festival will pay tribute to four outstanding musicians for their extraordinary talents artistic legacy, and great contributions, namely: Rachida Talal, Hamid El Kasri and Rabah Mariwari
In addition to song and poetry, the festival will include: Books and crafts exhibitions, works exhibitions, Amazigh carpets exhibition, Saharan products exhibitions and screenings of films and documentaries.