New edition of the “Samaâ Marrakech Festival for Sufi encounters and music”

The 11th edition of the “Samaâ Marrakech for Sufi encounters and music” Festival, an event highlighting the ways of openness, middle ground, and love in traditional culture, will take place from October 19 to 23 in the ocher city, at the initiative of the Al-Muniya Association of Marrakech for the conservation and revitalization of Morocco’s heritage.

Placed under the High Patronage of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, this festival aims to celebrate Sufi Samaâ as a universal cultural, spiritual and artistic heritage through meetings and songs, says a press release from the Al-Muniya Association of Marrakesh.

The “Samaâ Marrakech” Festival also aims to highlight the cultural and spiritual identity of Morocco, in particular through meetings and songs of Sufi music, and to make Marrakech a high place of East-West cultural meditation.

Organized in partnership in particular with the Ministries of Youth, Culture and Communication, that of National Territorial Development, Urban Planning, Housing and City Policy and the Ministry of Habous and of Islamic Affairs, the wilaya of Marrakech-Safi, the Council of the region of Marrakech-Safi and the Municipal Council of Marrakech, this cultural event also proposes to make known the components of the identity and cultural and spiritual traditions of Morocco and the great figures of Kingdom Sufism throughout history.

The program for this edition includes an international conference under the theme “Present and future of medinas: knowledge and memory of the architectural and urban heritage in the Maghreb and the Near East”, which will allow exchanges and debates between specialists from different disciplines who share the same scientific interests for the medinas of the Maghreb and the Near East. On the menu are also Samaâ evenings animated by troupes of this ancestral artistic genre and Andalusian music, “Majaliss” of Al-Ala music and storytelling shows animated by storytellers from Jemaâ El Fna Square and students of the Marrakech School of storytelling.

This edition will pay tribute to the artist of Melhoun Abdelhak Bouayoune as well as to Charles Boccara, a renowned architect who grew up in Casablanca, studied at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, before settling in 1970 as an architect in Marrakech.

The evenings of this festival will invest several emblematic spaces of the ocher city, in particular the town hall of Marrakech, the Medersa Ben Youssef, the Bahia Palace, the Esplanade of the Koutoubia, the Mohammed VI complex in Bab Ighli, the Farid Museum Belkahia and Dar Cherifa.

Created in 2006, the Al-Muniya Association of Marrakech aims in particular to provide a better understanding of the heritage of the medinas and to preserve and revitalize the spiritual, musical, architectural, artisanal and urban heritage.

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New edition of the “Samaâ Marrakech Festival for Sufi encounters and music”

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