The 18th Annual International Literary and Arts Salon of Tangier is set to take place from May 7th to the 11th of May 2014 in Tangier, Morocco.
The event, which is organized by the French institute, has proved itself a hallmark in the Moroccan cultural scene thanks to a daring avant-garde spirit and a willingness to open up a discussion on critical social and political issues.
The event, which takes place every year in the charming Palais des Institutions Italiennes, is a melting spot for writers, artists, philosophers, historians, journalists, and diplomats to come forth and discuss various topics such as human rights and situation of political prisoners, urbanization and sustainable development, the responsibility of intellectuals, globalization and the advent of the Digital Age.
Following this tradition, this year’s edition is no exception. This year’s event will revolve mainly around the “Africannes” of Morocco, especially in light of King Mohammed VI’s recent diplomatic tour of West Africa and the growing investments of Moroccan companies in the region, let alone the city of Casablanca emerging as a new economic and financial hub of the continent.
Prominent African writers and thinkers, including Achille Mbembe, Alain Mabanckou, Henri Lopes, and Léonora Miano will participate in round table discussions on: The Challenges of Linguistic Pluralism, The Reappropriation and Teaching of African History, War and Literature, Regional Political Alliances, South-South Economic Solidarities, New Technology and the Spread of Knowledge and Literature, and The Preservation and Promotion of Traditional Music.
The event will also include various exhibitions, musical concerts, and movie projections.
• The exhibition “Stories of skin,” which examines the treatment of skin from traditional arts and crafts such as leather-working to contemporary art. Featuring the works of Farid Belkahia, Hassan Hajjaj, Bernard Rancillac, Myette Fauchère, Degbava and Jacques Do Kokou.
• The video-installation “Crossings” by Leila Alaoui on the experience of African migrants.
• The jazz trio Bekkas-Dramé-Raulin, who blend the musical traditions of their respective countries, Morocco, Burkina Faso, and France.
• The French chamber choir Archipels will present a selection of literary texts set to the music of Dvorak, Mendelssohn, Fauré and others.
• A night of dancing and rumba music with the group Coton d’Afrik.
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