Rabat – In an effort to promote and foster the Amazigh language and popular culture, the 14th International Festival of Amazigh Culture will gather experts, civil society representatives, and cultural connoisseurs in Fez, from May 11-13.
Organized by the Fez Sais Association and the North South Center, in partnership with the region of Fez-Meknes and BMCE Bank, the event will open focus on the need for social and linguistic diversity in order to promote democratic citizenship based on shared values and mutual acceptance.
‘This 14th Festival will be a great opportunity to highlight the positive impact of cultural diversity in general and Amazigh culture in particular on democracy, sustainable development and the protection of heritage,’ read a news release that the organizers shared with Morocco World News.
The forum portion of the festival will include the participation of academics and researchers to discuss a wide range of ideas and topics such as Amazigh literature, Amazigh feminism, democracy, and multiculturalism.
Held in Morocco’s “cultural capital,” which is famous for its cultural and historical significance to Amazigh identity, the event is also set to convene artists–poets, writers, performers, and musicians from Morocco, North Africa, and beyond. Artists will include Fatima Tashtoukt, Aisha Maya, Sami Rai, the Italian group Carishto, the Spanish artist Maria Flamenco, the talented artist Dounia Batma, and the artist Faisal, who will be collectively honored in recognition of their great talents and their contributions to the development of Amazigh song.”