Sufi Culture Festival: Michael Barry kicks off

The Fez Festival Association of Sufi Culture kicks off the fifteenth edition of its festival, this Saturday, October 22, with an inaugural conference hosted by Michael Barry on “The future of Islamic art”, and this at the Medersa Bou Inania.

This Saturday, October 22, the Medersa Bou Inania is at the rendezvous with Micheal Barry who is hosting the inaugural conference on “The future of Islamic art”. This meeting will be followed, at 4 p.m., by the opening, at the Center les Étoiles, of the exhibition “The coats of the awakened” by Louise Cara, which will bring her view of the traditional Sufi transmission of the divine and prophetic influx through the coat. or “khirqa”. It is punctuated directly by the sitar concert “Listen to flight…” by the Indian Khwaja Ameer. This opening creation is an immersion in the Indian Mughal court, where virtuosos of Hindustani music from North India, performers of Sufi Qawwali song and Kathak dance will come together to highlight an Indian Sufi prince from the 17th century Dârâ Shikôh and his actions in favor of the fruitful coexistence of religions.

The second day of the festival will be devoted to the Master class, at the Sheherazade Palace at 3 p.m., sung by Françoise Atlan on “Al matrouz, the illustrated embroidered canticles, Judeo-Arab-Andalusian religious songs”
This October 23 is planned, also in the same space of the palace, a round table, at 4 p.m., on “Science and Conscience” or scientists in search of meaning. A rich program for this first weekend of this fifteenth edition of the Festival which will continue until October 29th.
Dedicated this year to the late Charif Moulay Abdellah Ouazzani, the festival thus continues its initiatory journey in the breath of the transmission of the cultural heritage of Sufism. Nearly 200 spiritual artists and singers from Morocco and brotherhoods around the world (India, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Kosovo, Syria, France, Persia), who preserve the traditions of Sufist music while giving them an interpretation that is both lively and inspired , are called upon to perpetuate this culture and share it with a wide audience.

Program from October 24 to 29
Monday, October 24:
• 10 am: Round table: “Spiritual alchemy in the great works of Sufism” (Medersa Bou Inania).
• 2.30 pm: Round table: “Philosophy (falsafa) and spirituality: From al Ghazali, Averroes to Iqbal” (Palais Faraj).
• 4.30 pm: Hindustani music from northern India, by sitar master Ustad Shakir Khan and his orchestra (Palais Faraj).

Tuesday, October 25:
• 10 am: Round table: “Sciences and Sacred Texts” (Medersa Bou Inania).
• 3 p.m.: Ziara at the zaouia Tidjaniya.
5.30 p.m. Piyoutim songs – Matrouz Ensemble (Abendanan Synagogue).

Wednesday October 26
• 10 am: Round table: “Associating science and awareness in education”, with Sciences Po Arab World.
• 5 pm: Round table: “The Futuwwa: craftsmanship and self-realization” (Medersa Bou Inania).

Thursday, October 27
• 10 am: Round table: “Sciences inspired and sciences acquired in Sufism” (Medersa Bou Inania).
• 3 pm: Master class by Leïli Anvar: “Initiation through the arts, according to Khusrow and Shirine by Nizami” (Jnan Sbil Park).
• 4 pm: Round table: “The prophecy of bees, or spiritual ecology” (Parc Jnan Sbil).

Friday, October 28
• 10 a.m. Round table: “Sciences and religions: elective affinities?” With Writings & Spiritualities, Artisans of Peace – (Jnan Sbil Park).
• 3 pm: “The Seven Sleepers – Breton Christian songs and Sufi songs”. In homage to Brother Jean-Pierre Schumacher – With Christian Rivoalen and Abdelkader Ghayt – (Parc Jnan Sbil).
• 4 pm: Round table: “The Islamic-Christian pilgrimage of the 7 Saints” (France) – (Parc Jnan Sbil).

Saturday October 29
• 10 am: Synthesis and general conclusion of the round tables (Medersa Bou Inania).
• 3:30 pm: Master class by Kabir Helminski: “Rumi, Meditation and Communion with God” (Centre Les Étoiles de Fès).
• 5 pm: Closing of the exhibition: “The Dhikr through painting, literary meditation” by the writer Karima Berger (Centre Les Étoiles de Fès).

Sufi Culture Festival: Michael Barry kicks off