Jazz au Chellah: EU-funded festival promoting solidarity and generosity
The EU Delegation to Morocco, together with the embassies and cultural centres of the EU member states and in partnership with the Moroccan Culture Ministry and the wilaya of Rabat Salé, is organising the 17thedition of the 'Jazz au Chellah' Festival from 13 to 17 June 2012, a festival which has become a synonym of solidarity and generosity.
Solidarity through the 'off festival': every year, on the sidelines of the concerts that are taking place on stage at the Chellah, the festival relocates to reach an audience who cannot come to take part. This year is no exception, with the mental hospital Arrazi of Salé hosting the festival musicians who will perform for the patients of this institution. The Belgian band Slang and the duo Yacir Rami and Antoine Morineau will perform there on Saturday 16 June at 2pm.
Slang is a Belgian trio, considered “too rock for jazz and too jazz for rock”. The band will be accompanied by Yacir Rami, young Moroccan oud prodigy and Antoine Morineau on drums. The concert will be an improvised remake of the meeting of these musicians the night before on stage at the Chellah. The musicians will perform at the mental hospital to share their music and exchange with the audience.
According to Majid Bekkas, artistic director of the festival, the 'off festival' is quite unique. It allows moments of intense emotions and close relationships between an audience that cannot attend the concerts at Chellah and the musicians who promote values of sharing.
The 'Jazz au Chellah' festival is also generous. Each year, the earnings entirely benefit Moroccan charities. The earnings of the 2011 edition were given to the Association of the friends of the children hospital of Rabat, which allowed the renovation of ten children’s rooms and the organisation of a year of cultural and recreational activities (painting, music, arts) for sick children.
'Jazz au Chellah' is characterised by the meetings between European and Moroccan artists. Throughout the years, the festival has become a must of all the festivals in Rabat and a major symbol of the European-Moroccan partnership. (EU Neighbourhood Info)