Morocco will spare no effort to ensure the full success of the event “Rabat, African Capital of Culture,” said Wednesday in Rabat the Minister of Youth, Culture and communication, Mohamed Mehdi Bensaid.
Speaking at a press conference on the occasion of the launch of the program of this event, organized in the period from June 2022 to May 2023 under the High Patronage of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, Mr. Bensaid underlined that the challenge consists in representing African culture throughout this year which will be marked by varied celebrations in the city of Rabat.
A great work has been undertaken in order to hold the festivities marking this major event since it represents a window of the African continent on the world, he said, adding that this large-scale cultural event is “a source of pride for both the inhabitants of the capital and all Moroccans”.
The organizers will also ensure the effective implementation of the program of festivities, so that Morocco positions itself as a model to follow in the area of the celebration of cultural heritage in Africa and in the world.
According to Mr. Bensaid, the High Royal Patronage of this cultural event reflects the particular interest that the Sovereign pays to cultural issues, as evidenced by the speech of HM the King at the sixth EU-AU Summit in which the Sovereign underlined that “education, culture, vocational training, mobility and migration are the priorities of my action, whether it is in Morocco, in Africa or in the framework of our partnership with the European Union.”
The Sovereign had kindly named Rabat in 2014 as the city of lights and cultural capital of Morocco, a city rich in cultural infrastructure thanks to the enlightened Royal Vision and the royal projects aimed at achieving the urban, cultural and tourist development of the capital of the Kingdom.
The program of celebrations for the Rabat African Capital of Culture event includes various areas, including literature, poetry, visual arts, music, theatre, cinema, street arts, dance, digital arts, fashion shows, photography, popular arts, storytelling, circus arts, as well as forums and intellectual meetings, the minister pointed out.