China will be the guest of honor at the 23rd edition of the Fez Festival of Sacred Music of the World which will be held from May 12 to 20, under the patronage of HM King Mohammed VI, under the banner water and the sacred.
Speaking at a press briefing on the presentation of the Festival's program, the president of the "Spirit of Fes" Foundation and the Fez Festival of World Sacred Music, Abderrafie Zouiten said that this artistic event will be a opportunity to shed light on the great millennial expressions of the People's Republic of China.
He added that a panoply of measures has been taken by the organizers and local authorities to give shape and promote tourism in Fez-Meknes, with a view to enhancing the attractiveness and influence of this region to the local and world level, through the projection of films relating in particular the cultural and tourist potential of which the idrissid and Ismaili cities abound.
For the organizers, the musical program of this edition will be above all a hymn to the nature, to the maritime and oceanic world, with among others the flamenco symphony Poeta of the great guitarist Vicente Amigo, the arrival of artists from the islands of Japan, the Sardinia or Crete and a tribute to the great rivers of the world, vital arteries of our planet.
Artists of international renown from all walks of life, sharing the quest for the sacred, will be present, like Joan Baez, Patti Smith, Björk, Ben Harper, Lucia Paco, Ravi Shankar, Majda Erroumi, Sabah Fakhri, Kadhem Saher , Mounir Bashir, Asmaa Lamnawar, Wadi al Safi, Julia Boutros, Sheikh Yasin al Tuhami, William Christie, Barbara Hendricks, Jessie Norman, Jordi Savall and Montserrat Figueras, Tereza Berganza, Jean Claude Casadesus, Archie Shepp, Randy Weston, Youssou N 'Dour or Salif Keita.
The Fes Festival of World Sacred Music and its Forum, created respectively in 1994 and 2001, are part of the scholarly, artistic and spiritual tradition of the city.
Since its inception, this meeting, which has enjoyed growing success, was designated in 2001 by the UN as one of the milestones contributing to the dialogue of civilizations.