Rabat - The 21st edition of the Fes Festival of World Sacred Music celebrates Africa.
Rabat – The 21st edition of the Fes Festival of World Sacred Music celebrates Africa.
The theme for this year’s edition of the Fes Festival of World Sacred Music is Fes in the Mirror of Africa. This 2015 edition will showcase concerts and forums that will evoke the travels of Hassan al Wazzan, also known as Leo Africanus, an Andalusian Berber diplomat and North African explorer. The forums will also involve round table discussions about Sidi Ahmed Tijani, the founder of Tariqa Tijaniyya, a branch of Sufism. A variety of intellectuals and philosophers will take part in the symposiums. According to the Fes Festival official web site, the discourse will revolve around Fes and Africa, centered around the following themes:
Spiritual paths, commercial paths (May 23)
Linguistic pluralism in Africa (May 24)
Africa and the sacred (May 25)
Hassan Al Wazzan (Leo the African) (May 26)
The major contemporary issues are education, health, and geostrategy. (May 27)
The festival will take place from May 22 – 30 and will include artists from Morocco and other parts of Africa as well as Asia, Europe, and North America. Among the participants are l’Ensemble Lamkartass de Tissa, Saber Rebai, Julie Fowlis, Les Masques de La Lune, The Temptations With Dennis Edwards, and Hussain Al Jasmi. The complete schedule can be found online at: http://fesfestival.com/schedule/
The Fes Festival of World Sacred Music plays an important role in bringing different cultures together. Since its creation in 1994, the festival has been a focal point for gathering and exchanging cultures in peaceful environment. The festival is also known as the most important cultural manifestation in Fes, which has in the past been the intellectual and spiritual capital of Morocco.
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