Mohamed Dekkak at Fes Festival of Sufi Culture
Sufi culture, a spiritual humanism for our time
The 12th edition of the festival of Sufi culture in Fez aims to discover or rediscover this culture of inexhaustible spiritual, intellectual and artistic wealth.
Mohamed Dekkak supported and attended the festival of Sufi Culture that took place in the Parc Jnan Sbil.
The festival of the Sufi culture of Fez is one of the most important festivals in Morocco. The festival is created to discover the art attached to Sufism: painting, calligraphy, literature, cinema and more. They also discover Sufi influences in architecture and lifestyles.
The twelfth edition of the Fes Festival of Sufi Culture will take place from October 19th to 26th around the theme “Sufi culture, a spiritual humanism for our time”. This cultural event aims to discover or rediscover to Moroccans a culture that is theirs and give them access to this spiritual wealth, artistic and intellectual, according to the association of the same name. It also tends to reinforce Morocco’s position in intercultural dialogue by forging a bridge between East and West, questioning the role of Sufism in today’s world and revealing the artistic richness that Sufism inspired. through painting, calligraphy, songs, music, auteur films, books and exhibitions as well as contemporary artists and thinkers.
It is also, over the course of the program, to “show how this civilization can continue to be the breeding ground for universal values and enrich itself with its relationship with other cultures and religions”.The festival includes a multitude of activities, including an opening artistic creation entitled “Al Shushtari, prince of the troubadours”, which will bring together the artists Françoise Atlan, Curro Piñana and Marouane Hajji, as well as the ensemble Al Shushtari. He will also see the organization of many Samaâ nights of different Tariqas, as well as round tables on the central theme of this year. The eleventh edition of the Fes Festival of Sufi Culture was initiated on the theme “Presence of Sufism”.
The festival of Sufi culture in Fez, a spiritual journey
The festival of Sufi culture in Fez aims to discover or rediscover this culture of inexhaustible spiritual, intellectual and artistic wealth. It brings together Sufis of different traditions and nationalities, to share and to discover the philosophy and art attached to Sufism. Dhikr evenings (invocatory songs) will be organized by brotherhoods from different countries and cultures.
The festival chose this year to combine notions of humanism and spirituality.
And to continue: “Sufi culture can make its contribution, among other spiritualties and wisdom of the world, to another possible civilization”. Hence the interest in Sufism, which was part of an old debate between faith and reason, religion and politics, freedom and transcendence.
The program was opened on October 19 with an artistic creation entitled “Al Shushtari prince of the troubadours”. This inaugural show has featured French-Moroccan singer Françoise Atlan, flamenco singer Curro Piñana, Moroccan Marouane Hajji, as well as recitals Amal Ayouch, Carole Latifa Ameer and Théophile de Wallensbourg. All under the direction of the Moroccan conductor Mostafa Amri.
The next day, the organizers of the festival kicked off the “spiritual Davos”. A total of 10 roundtables are planned, enough to create a collective thought around “spiritual humanism for our time”, “Sufi culture as a way of life” and “practice of non-violence on a daily basis”, among others.
On Sufi nights, the festival hosted by Tariqas Buchichiya, Wazzaniya, Rissouniya, Sharqawiya, Darkawiya, and Sqalliya. In addition, the program includes an exhibition of the painter Sami Ali and a spiritual visit of the city of Fez entitled “Sufism, a way of life”.
The 2019 festival also invited a poetic and musical recital by the Iranian Leili Anvar and the Iranian singer Farzaneh Joorabchi, from the book “Tales of the Persian Sages”. As for its opening, the closing of the event presented a show-creation entitled “The secret language of flowers and perfumes”. This mural was performed by several artists, including the Moroccan Fatem Zohra Qortobi, the Iranian Farzaneh Joorabchi, the Turk Ferhat Oguz Korc and the dervishes of the Tariqa Halveti Ussaki.
Many lecturers, brotherhoods and artists from Morocco and different countries of the world, will testify to the richness of this living heritage of Sufism at once literary, poetic, artistic and spiritual. Colloquia, songs, exhibitions, reading sessions, music and film screenings will be in the spotlight.
To become part of the Soufie Culture Festival, they are working both in Morocco and around the world to discover Sufism in its most varied artistic, intellectual and social expressions, through several actions:
- To discover or rediscover to Moroccans a culture that is theirs and offers them access to this artistic, intellectual and spiritual wealth.
- To make known internationally a positive image of Islam, thanks to the universal language of peace and openness that promotes the spiritual voice that inhabits it: Sufism.
- Strengthen Morocco’s positioning in intercultural dialogue by forging a bridge between East and West.
- Questioning the role of Sufism in the world today, How a person can become a player in human development?
- Make known the artistic richness that inspired Sufism: painting, calligraphy, songs, music, auteur films, books, exhibitions.
- To know contemporary artists and thinkers.
- Offering a platform of expression to artists, Moroccans, and internationals who have engaged in a spiritual process in order to enrich the artistic and intellectual creativity, to explore arts and new cultural and social projects that work for the intercultural dialogue, human and civilizational development.
For a week, the great names of Sufi culture, philosophers, anthropologists, and other thinking heads come together to discuss and discover this beautiful Sufi culture from different angles. Among others: spirituality, tolerance, the universality of cultures, ecology. Sufi music concerts and songs from around the world in the evenings of the festival.