“Facebook and Mawazine have a common objective of facilitating young people's access to entertainment and culture,” the statement said.
“The renewed participation of Facebook, the largest social network in Morocco and the world, and Mawazine, the leading festival in Morocco and Africa, reinforces the common values they share: promotion of culture, sharing, accessibility, tolerance, and openness,” the statement said, as well as noting that over 16 million Moroccans use Facebook.
“Facebook’s presence during this major event also promotes the functionalities of the social network, which aims to provide a sharing space for millions of internet users who relay live moments of joy and gathering with their communities,” the statement underlined.
“Facebook and Mawazine, therefore, both advocate openness and sharing, and have a common objective of facilitating young people’s access to entertainment and culture.”
The Chairman of Maroc Cultures Association, Abdeslam Ahizoune, also expressed his joy in a statement, saying that “Facebook’s presence alongside Mawazine for the second year in a row is a sign of confidence that reinforces the Festival’s importance and international influence. We are happy to have it again among our sponsors.”
The Director of Facebook in the MENA region echoed a similar statement, saying: “For the second time, and after the resounding success of the previous edition, Facebook wanted to renew its partnership with Maroc Cultures and promote the Mawazine Festival, with which we share so many values that constitute the strength of our social network: sharing, the bringing together, tolerance and respect.”
Mawazine is a festival in Rabat organized by Maroc Cultures with six venues. The festival will take place from June 21 to June 29 under the patronage of King Mohammed VI. Having drawn over 2.5 million attendees in recent years, Mawazine is the second largest music festival in the world, after Donauinselfest in Vienna, and the largest festival in Africa.
The festival brings in artists from countries all over the world as well as highlighting local Moroccan musicians. This year, the festival will see major international acts perform such as Marshmello, Black Eyed Peas, Travis Scott and Future.
The festival lists the democratization of culture in Morocco as one of its initiatives and provides free access to 90 percent of its shows each year.