Moroccos Mawazine Festival A Celebration of Openness and Respect

Rabat – Over the years, Morocco’s Mawazine music festival has included more and more musicians from around the globe – as its eighteenth edition nears it continues to foster tolerance and respect of other cultures.Even as the festival has evolved overtime, it holds true to its long-standing goal to “democratize culture.” The festival exposes as many people to different cultures as possible and, to nearly everyone, for free.The Mawazine Festival-Rhythms of the World began in 2001 under direction from King Mohammed VI to encourage cultural tolerance, openness, respect and dialogue. Read Also: Mawazine 2019: Aya Nakamura, Travis Scott, and Migos Added to LineupMaroc Cultures Association, also created in 2001, is a non-profit organization in charge of providing cultural experiences throughout Morocco – the Mawazine Festival and the youth music contest, Generation Mawazine are its main events.More than half of Mawazine’s lineup is dedicated to Moroccan artists and it has historically served as a “springboard” for Moroccan musicians, granting local artists a global platform to share their work.Mawazine also features music from throughout Africa, the MENA region, and around the globe.  Over time, the festival has become more international, hosting well-known artists from around the world like Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, and The Weekend.The popular international artists included in the lineup have served as ambassadors to Mawazine, drawing greater international attention to the event, Maroc Cultures Association president Abdeslam Ahizoune said in a written statement.Collaborations between international and local artists, like the 2011 Arabic re-release of American Quincy Jones “Tomorrow” co-directed with the Moroccan producer RedOne, adds to the cultural mixing pot that characterizes Mawazine.While the festival directly supports Morocco’s entertainment industry, it has also boosted Morocco’s economy, generating 22 percent growth in Rabat’s tourism throughout the nine days of music.The association is committed to making culture accessible to everyone and 90 percent of the festival’s 2.5 million attendees go for free.As Mawazine draws foreigners to Rabat to listen live, an additional 4 million people worldwide watch broadcast content from the nearly 600 national journalists and 160 international journalists in attendance.“The media popularity is also accompanied by a presence increasingly noticed on social networks, a sign that the festival brings together youth around an ideal that is common to us: growing together and overcoming differences,” Ahizoune said.This year’s festival will run from June 21st through the 29th and take place across six stages throughout Rabat and its neighboring regions. read more

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SecretaryGeneral sees political will for nuclear disarmament

The 25 May underground nuclear test by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) was “in clear violation of Security Council resolutions,” Mr. Ban said in a video message to a meeting in Vienna of International Scientific Studies Conference, which is working on verification aspects of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT).He added that the DPRK’s recent test is a “direct challenge to international nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation efforts [and] underscores the urgency of ensuring the early entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty,” which outlaws all nuclear explosions and establishes a verification regime to monitor compliance.According to the website of the CTBT’s Preparatory Commission, 148 nations have ratified the pact to date.Despite the recent DPRK test and “other recent events, I sense increased political will for disarmament,” the Secretary-General said in today’s message.Next year’s Review Conference of the UN-backed Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), which forms the foundation of the world’s nuclear non-proliferation regime, “is an important step on gauging our ability and readiness to detect nuclear explosions worldwide,” he said. “I believe we are well on track.”Last month, the Conference on Disarmament – the world’s sole multilateral forum for disarmament negotiations – adopted a Programme of Work for its 2009 session, ending a 12-year stalemate.The move will allow the body to negotiate and substantively discuss strategic disarmament and non-proliferation, Mr. Ban said. 10 June 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said he perceives an increased political will for disarmament, calling on the international community to seize the momentum and take decisive action to ban nuclear testing worldwide. read more

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