Recognizing the contribution of arts in peacebuilding is something the Moroccan Association of Ibn Battuta hopes to promote. Thus, the organization has decided to incorporate arts into its annual travel and culture event that seeks to foster international peace.
As part of the 4-day event of the second edition of the International Festival of Ibn Battuta held on November 9-11, 2017, an Art Exhibition was prepared to showcase Morocco’s vibrant cultural arts.
The art exhibition which was housed inside Tangier’s Cultural Center of Ahmed Boukmakh displayed various historical artifacts and contemporary artworks. It was a great venue to appreciate the blend of Morocco’s past heritage and modern art presented by the new generation of local artists. The main hall was filled with paintings, literary works, sculptures, etc., it was a great day to celebrate art and history.
Mohamed Dekkak, Honorary President of the Moroccan Association of Ibn Battuta and Mustapha Oudadess, Secretary General of Tangier – Tetouan – El Hociema region graced the ribbon cutting of the said exhibition. An eye-catching live painting performance by Benjamin Carbonne and Antonio Rodriguez Yuste stirred the crowd in amazement as cocktails and drinks were served after.
Some of the painters/associations who participated in the art exhibition includes: artist-calligrapher Mohamed Qarmad, Afif Bennani, Amina Badraoui Idrissi, Nadia El Mouaque, Afafe Slaoui, Sophia Abi, Hicham Zouine, Hassan Mrani, Chaimae Aboudi, Aicha Arji Lebbar, Mhamdi Alaoui, Nadia Skali, Jacques Samir Stenka, Houdamouaddah, Noufissa Benjelloun, Aouatef Khelloqi, Association Forsaty Assadaka, Association Marocaine Pour La Solidarité Musulmane, Younes Cheikh Ali, Abdelwahab Sibaouaih and Foundation Abdelhadi Tazi.
Creating art is a great way to envision the future, to build bridges that connect the world, develop empathy and nurture intercultural respect and understanding. The Moroccan Association of Ibn Battuta sees the young generation to be future leaders, thinkers, and doers. Helping them hone their creative minds into understanding world cultures will help them deal better with differences and in resolving conflicts peacefully.
Mohamed Dekkak, Honorary President of The Moroccan Association of Ibn Battuta and Mustapha Oudadess, Secretary General of Tangier-Tetouan-El Hociema Region at the Art Exhibition as a part of International Festival of Ibn Battuta (Festival of Peace and Tolerance)
Mohamed Dekkak and Mustapha Oudadess with Benjamin Carbonne (Contemporary Art Painter) and Antonio Rodriguez Yuste (Text-Painting Artist) at the International Festival of Ibn Battuta (Festival of Peace and Tolerance)
Mohamed Dekkak, Mustapha Oudadess with Mohamed Qarmad, artist, calligrapher at the International Festival of Ibn Battuta (Festival of Peace and Tolerance)