Rabat, Morocco Morocco Office — RABAT, the capital of Morocco, has been officially launched as the Capital of African Culture, a development that raises the city’s international profile.
The launch at a ceremony at the Mohammed V Theater is the official celebration of the February 2020 decision when the Committee of African Capitals of Culture officially announced the choice of Rabat.
The United Cities and Local Governments of Africa, the wilaya of the region of Rabat-Salé-Kenitra, the prefecture of Rabat and the Municipality of Rabat, honored the occasion which was marked by the presence of several officials, ambassadors and representatives of the diplomatic corps accredited to the Kingdom.
The best Moroccan artists performed during the event.
In an opening speech delivered on his behalf, the Minister of Youth, Culture and Communication, Mohamed Mehdi Bensaid, welcomed the new status of Rabat, placed under the high patronage of His Majesty King Mohammed VI.
“It reflects the particular interest His Majesty attaches to the African dimension of the Kingdom and the importance of strengthening relations between our country and our African brothers,” the minister said.
Bensaid said celebrating Rabat as the capital of African culture was an opportunity to present the luminous face of ancient African civilization to the world and to highlight the deep Afro-Moroccan ties.
He added that the statute has highlighted the great development that the City of Light is experiencing as one of the great African and world capitals, with a global renaissance that combines the most beautiful aspects of originality, modernity and African cultural diversity.
It is also an opportunity to highlight the richness and diversity of African culture.
The mayor of Rabat, Asmae Rhlalou, indicated that the capital of the Kingdom will be, for a whole year, an African cultural and artistic destination, since the activities of this celebration will continue until May 2023.
She added that the city was rich in its diverse cultural heritage, highlighting the role played by the pioneering royal project: “Rabat, the capital of lights”.
Rabat is home to Morocco’s most important museum, the Royal Palace and the Mausoleum of Mohammed V, as well as several historical tourist attractions.
Fatimou Abdel-Malik, President of United Cities and Local Governments of Africa, said her organization was at the forefront of celebrating African capitals of culture.
“We further strive to make culture in African cities a vehicle for reconfirming the sense of belonging and self-respect,” Abdel-Malik said.
The Rabat celebrations program includes the organization of activities and events in the fields of literature, poetry, visual arts, music, theater, cinema, street arts, dance, digital arts, fashion shows, photography, folk arts, storytelling and circus arts. .
This is in addition to forums and intellectual meetings.
The activities will be organized in historic spaces, public squares and all areas of the city, with the participation of representatives of civil society and national public institutions concerned with cultural affairs.
Marrakech, Morocco’s economic hub, was the capital of African culture in 2020.
– CAJ News
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