MOROCCO, June 2 – The celebration of Rabat as the capital of African culture was officially launched at a press conference held on Wednesday at the headquarters of the Maghreb Arab Press Agency (MAP), in the presence of the Minister of Youth, Culture and Communication, Mohamed Mehdi Bensaïd.
Initiated under the High Patronage of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, the launch of the program for this event, which takes place from June 2022 to May 2023, was given in the presence of the Secretary General of United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa), Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi, and the Mayor of Rabat, Asmaa Rhlalou.
Speaking on this occasion, Bensaid said that the granting of Royal Patronage to this cultural event testifies to the special interest of His Majesty King Mohammed VI for the cultural issue, recalling that in His speech at the sixth European Union- African Union, HM the King declared that education, culture, professional training, mobility and migration “are the priorities of my action, whether in Morocco, in Africa or within the framework of our partnership with the ‘European Union”.
The Minister added that the Sovereign had kindly named Rabat in 2014, City of Light and Cultural Capital of Morocco, a city rich in equipment and cultural infrastructure thanks to the enlightened Royal Vision and royal projects aimed at achieving urban, cultural and social development. tourism in Morocco. the capital of the Kingdom.
Rabat lives to the rhythm of important cultural events that carry the African dimension, reflecting the Kingdom’s commitment to work for the African continent, he noted, adding that the 27th edition of the International Book and Publishing Fair (SIEL) will be inaugurated on Thursday. with African literature as guest of honour.
Several activities are on the program of the event (literature, poetry, visual arts, music, theater, cinema, street arts, dance, digital arts, fashion shows, photography, popular arts …), he said. underlined, noting that these activities will be organized in all historic spaces, public squares and all districts of the city of Rabat, with the participation of cultural actors from civil society and the various national public institutions concerned with culture.
In addition, Bensaid stressed that this cultural event, which strengthens the positioning of the Kingdom at the continental level, benefits from significant and continuous support from several partners including UCLG Africa and the Wilaya of the Region of Rabat-Salé-Kénitra.
For her part, Asmaa Rhlalou, the mayor of Rabat, indicated that the holding of this continental event is in line with the High Royal Guidelines to integrate culture into development projects, noting that a set of cultural projects which was born in Rabat, will inevitably contribute to its cultural influence, which is part of the royal will to make the capital a world civilizational and cultural pole.
According to the regional manager, this event will make Rabat the embodiment of the richness of Moroccan cultural heritage in addition to making it a global platform for promoting the values of coexistence and dialogue between cultures.
For his part, Mbassi indicated that the program of celebrations in Rabat, capital of African culture, will contribute to valuing African culture as a pillar of the development of the continent, considering these celebrations of African culture as of great importance for Morocco, Africa and the world.
The Committee of African Capitals of Culture officially announced in February 2020 the selection of Rabat as Capital of African Culture for 2022-2023.
MAP 01 June 2022