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Rabat African Capital of Culture

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The celebration of Rabat, the capital of African culture, was officially launched at a press conference organized 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 Bensaid.

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, Mr. Bensaid said that the granting of Royal High Patronage to this cultural event testifies to the particular interest that His Majesty King Mohammed VI has in the cultural issue, recalling that in His speech addressed to the sixth Union Summit (EU)-African Union (AU), HM the King indicated that “education, culture, vocational training, mobility, and migration: are the priorities of Our action: in Morocco, in Africa”.

Rabat lives to the rhythm of important cultural events that carry the African dimension, thus reflecting the Kingdom’s commitment to work for the African continent, he said, noting that the 27th International Publishing and Book Fair (SIEL) will be inaugurated on Thursday with African literature as the guest of honor of this edition.

Several activities are programmed for this event (literature, poetry, visual arts, music, theatre, cinema, street arts, dance, digital arts, fashion shows, photography, popular arts, etc.), he said. These activities will be organized in all historical 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.

Mr. Bensaid indicated that this cultural event, which reinforces the positioning of the Kingdom on the scale of the continent, benefits from significant and continuous support from several partners, in particular UCLG Africa and the Wilaya of the Region of Rabat-Salé. -Kenitra.

Meantime, the mayor of Rabat, Asmaa Rhlalou stressed that this continental event alines with the High Royal Guidelines aimed at integrating culture into development projects, noting that a set of cultural projects which was born in Rabat, will inevitably contribute to its cultural influence. Something embodying the Royal Will to make the capital a world civilizational and cultural pole.

The Committee of African Capitals of Culture officially announced in February 2020 the selection of Rabat as the African Capital of Culture for 2022-2023.

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