Brussels will honour the city of Casablanca in February
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Brussels will honour the city of Casablanca in February

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The Nomad Centre of Moussem Arts and its Brussels Partners will honour the city of Casablanca (West Morocco) from the 1st to the 28th of February 2018, during the “Moussem cities” festival. There will be an arts and culture program which will subtly link tradition and modern, the event organisers announced on Friday. The cosmopolitan town of Casablanca is emblematic of the “Morocco that moves, evolves and develops through the richness of its culture”, the project organisers say.

Following a previous program on Tunis and Bayreuth, the “Moussem cities” festival, directed by Mohamed Ikoubaan, will allow the Belgian and international public to discover the treasures of “Casa”.

The diverse activities will take place in Brussels establishments, including the “Kaaitheater”, “Bozar”, “De Vaartkapoen” and “De Markten”. “Le Space” will be at the centre of the festival. It aims to be a sort of laboratory highlighting the new “hybrid identity” that is forming in large cities.

The festival will include exhibitions that will let people discover artists inspired by Casablanca and who show the energy of the town, as well as dance performances and concerts. These include Nabic Benabdeljalil and David Ramael’s “Boho Strings”. The latter will perform a piece composed especially for the occasion, called “Tableaux de Casablanca”. It is inspired by Andalusian and Amazigh tradition.   

Khadjia El Bidaouia and Abderrahim Souiri will play Chaabi and Arab-Andalusian Moroccan songs, while Karima Skalli and Rachid Zeroul’s band will take the audience on a journey through Arabian classical music. There will also be a relaxation sequence with Diwan Ennas and “Hoba Hoba Spirit”. As well as all this, there will be a theatre and cinema program and literature evenings, with face to face meetings with Youssef Fadel and Réda Dalil among others. 

Sarah Johansson (Source: Belga)