The first panel of the international meeting of popular arts was held today9 March at humanity space in the faculty of letters and human sciences.
In the marge of the international festival of traditional folklore FIFTA, an academic conference dealing with the topic “popular arts, universal cultural patrimony” was given by some lecturers from different nationalities Russia, Macedonia, Egypt, Ivory Coast and Morocco In cooperation with Flamant association the organizer of the festival.
The meeting was animated by Mr. Mokhtar EL MOUAHAL a doctor from French department who introduced all the guests and underlined the importance of the subject. Mr. Ahmed BELKADI the dean of the faculty was the first to give his speech which was about the festivals prearranged by the institution such as the university theater festival which will know its 23th session the end of this month, arts festival FIFTA in its first edition, festival of patrimony which unfortunately is not planned periodically according to the dean and which is an extension to some academic training from different department. He also thanked the president of the association for the invitation and wished a good continuation and success for this young festival.
The word is given right after to Mrs. Chama EZ-ZAHRAN Flamant association’s president who thanked the faculty and all the participants for their contribution in this scientific manifestation at the same time she thanked also Mrs. Zohra MAKKACH for being the one who suggested and arranged the partnershipwith the faculty. Seizing the opportunity to renewher gratitudeto all partners UNISCO, the CIOFF…. She gave either a summary of the artistic program and all the maintained activities since the inauguration.After what, she let the mic to Mr. Mouad Ghazi the artistic director of the FIFTA to carry on the speech. The latter focused his interest on the major importance of the openness of the university on its environment and the future role of students whose responsibility will be the protection of this patrimony. He spoke further more about the diversity of the artistic view in our country and its richness.
Mr. Omar ABDOUH on his part expressed his conviction in this big project mainly that it carries germs of our patrimony. He emphasized on the determination of the faculty through the master to defy the obstacles in order to allow students blooming in the media relaying on all what is offered and exploiting all the given chances.
Since the topic of the meeting is Intercultural, social cognition and mode of expression, the first intervention after the opening allocutions, was that of Mr. Najib BEN OMAR vice dean, who chose to treat folklore between concept and development as an academic approachto the art. According to the lecturer folklore is not only entertainment, music and rhythms, but it’s also a way of thinking and being, it’s an identity. He defined the origin and history of the concept which went up to 1846 with Germans.He mentioned as well the pejorative meaning of the word that made researchers abstained from dealing with the subject. He insisted on the watching part of the folklore and its relation with development,he mentioned twenty points in connection with this art such dancing, clothing, rhythm, jewelry, signs, voices, mimics, watching, exhibition, incarnation, inspiration, imagination, speech… at last he presented some recommendations which he summarized in a need of a scientific anthology.
Mr. Amir MAUMUTIrepresentative of cultural ministry of Macedonia spoke about his admiration to Moroccan folklore and his journeys around the world as he is the president of a big festival in Skopje town. He expressed his desire to invite by the occasion a Moroccan troupe to participate in the event. Just after Mr. Lulzim SELMANI responsible of music and culture in Macedonia, talked about his country and his participations in seminars all over the world he expressed his joy as well to be here in such a place.
Cultural dialogue via popular arts was the title of Mrs. Fatema ECHAABI’sintervention. She defined firstly the concepts dialogue and culture as a lever of communication and interaction between people in the world. She furthermore, underlined the importance of this dialogue as an embassy of culture against dangers of globalization, and mentioned the artistic genres that gathered people and made them see similarities and differences between them in order to preserve their identities. At last, she advanced some recommendations with emphasis on sustainable development and a review of educational system to preserve civilization.
Mr. Abderrahim ANBI on the other hand, discussed the superposition of cultural reference, rural areas as a case study. He begun by putting questions about ethnicitydifferences based on religion and language. He drew the origin of traditional music which is rural and made a cross look on connotations about people from cities and country sides depending of several levels however when it came to music the differences are banned,communions are establishedinstead according to him. He stated the rural society sociologically as an independent entity with its culture, music, traditions… Things people usually carry with them wherever they went as an inner part of their identity.
Mr. sylla papiss an artist representing a dance company folklore established in Morocco from Ivory Coast, spoke about his migration which was an invitation from African king group in Marrakech to work together. Mr. Alexander PAKAEV and Mrs. Maria TSYHETSKAIA from RUSSIA expressed their pleasure to be in Morocco and participate in the festival. They tackled the folklore as being an international human expression and expressed their need to promote their countrywhich is characterized by its music and dance, academically as well as artistically hoping that the audience might enjoy and recognize Russian folklore through what they proposed.
The meeting ended as diverse as the art itself showing the real intercultural relationships. The second panel will continue in the same way on Saturday.
Written by: FATIMA EL MOURAILLE