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Leila Slimani, the godmother of the French Institute’s 2018 cultural season 

Written by FDM

“Un monde ouvert” (An open world) is the theme of the new cultural season that the French Institute of Morocco has just launched. The godmother of this event is none other than the novelist and representative of Emmanuel Macron for the Francophonie, Leila Slimani.

Rich and demanding programming, 30 highlights and more than 800 events, it is a beautiful cultural season that was announced by the French Institute of Morocco on Tuesday, February 13th.Music, theater, dance, cinema, visual arts, literature and debate ideas, the institute will be present on all fronts with many novelties, throughout the Moroccan territory.

This year, Leila Slimani, the winner of the 2016 Goncourt and representative of Emmanuel Macron for the Francophonie, was chosen as godmother of this season. Open to the circulation of talents and innovations, the exchange of ideas, cooperation and expanded solidarity, as recalled by the French Institute. “This Season is a reflection of the exceptional partnership between France and Morocco and their shared ambition for a culture that unites, a culture open to the other, a culture that questions the present,” said Jean-Marc Berthon, Director General of the French Institute of Morocco.

There are some appointments not to be missed, like a literary face-to-face that will see Leila Slimani with Kamel Daoud , another intellectual figure and lover of freedom. On the sidelines of the Casablanca Book Fair, the debate will take place Saturday, February 17 at the National Library of the Kingdom of Morocco, in Rabat.

As for visual art, the capital will host the highly anticipated exhibition  “La Méditerranée et l’art moderne” , organized by the National Foundation of Museums of Morocco with the support of the IF. The opportunity to dwell on works by big names in contemporary art and their relationship to the Mediterranean imagination, from Kandinksy to Yves Klein, through Salvador Dali, Pierre Soulages or Georges Braque.

The music also promises beautiful moments, with concerts that will delight lovers of classical music and jazz. The virtuosos Alexandre Tharaud and Anne Queffélec just to name a few.  Also a selection of the best recent films will be screened in network theaters and partner cinemas for French film lovers.