The 25th edition of the Fez Festival of Sacred Music of the World, scheduled for June 14-22 under the theme “Fez, at the confluence of cultures”, promises to be exceptional with a musical program that will bring together more than thirty countries, said the Spirit of Fez Foundation, organizer of this international event.
The 2019 edition of the festival, which has an exceptional programs especially as it coincides with the twentieth anniversary of the enthronement of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, will experience several highlights, says the Foundation in a statement, stating that the musical program includes: the World Youth Orchestra, a symbol of peace and dialogue, with the Andalusian ensemble of Fez, Sami Yousuf, one of the greatest Sufi singers named by Time Magazine, the great night of Flamenco with José Merce and Tomatito, Marcel Khalifa, as well as songs and ritual dances of Cuban women.
On the menu are also the Art of Muwashah Aleppo and the sacred songs of Persia, Carlos Nunez, master of the bagpipe Gaïta and the traditional ensemble of Oujda Spain-Morocco, besides the opening which will be marked by a unique creation entitled “Fez, memory of the future”.
The Foundation also emphasizes that the Festival “has contributed over the years to the dialogue of cultures and religions, in order to raise awareness of the values of our country marked by openness to others, the spirit of tolerance and welcome and the wealth of its tangible and intangible heritage”.
In this regard, recalls the communiqué, UNESCO has in 2018 a formal partnership with the Spirit of Fez Foundation, adopted unanimously by its executive committee. The UN has also designated the Festival de Fes and its Forum as part of the events that contribute significantly to the dialogue of civilizations, according to the same source.
Thus, “the generations parade over the centuries but the soul of the city of Fez is perpetuated, and this thanks to the ramifications maintained between the different cultural traditions, crucible of the History of Morocco, but also its renewal”, underlines the Foundation, which highlights the exceptional renaissance that the Medina of Fez is experiencing thanks to the initiative of His Majesty the King, which has allowed the restoration of various emblematic monuments (Foundouks, Médersas, Kissarias) with a unique approach aimed at giving to these sites an animation as it originally prevailed.