Message from the president

Held under the High Patronage of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, May God Assist him, the Mawazine Festival has proposed, throughout its sixteen years of existence, a program combining quality and diversity, materialized by the invitation of renowned Western, Eastern, African and national artists, while not losing sight of the promotion of the young talents of the Moroccan scene. This program reflects Mawazine’s concern to infuse the values of respect, tolerance and sharing while celebrating the music of Morocco, Africa and elsewhere on the stages of the cities of Rabat and Salé for the greatest pleasure of the festivalgoers and television viewers across the Kingdom.

Let me first express my fullest recognition to the artists and the public who have contributed to the international reputation of this festival, which, in a period of a few short years, has become a reference in the world of show business and music and a milestone in the national cultural agenda. Similarly, by offering 90% of its concerts free of charge, accommodating people with reduced mobility, and offering generous invitations to a large number of Moroccan associations, Mawazine helps democratize access to culture.

Mawazine has become the flagship event of Morocco enjoying extensive national and international media coverage, and proudly marketed by the artists participating in it. Mawazine is also a platform for the Moroccan artists to showcase their talents as well as it is an evidence that a national entertainment industry has its place in our country and that it is able to propose a major event in the calendar of the festivals worldwide, while respecting the most stringent international standards in this area. In this regard, I would like to thank the Moroccan partners contributing their technical and human expertise to the success of this festival.

Key to Mawazine’s longevity and sustainability, besides the quality of its programming and the values it embodies, also rests on the dedication and professionalism of its teams, to whom I extend my deepest thanks. Let me reiterate my gratitude to our partners and sponsors who accompany us throughout the editions and whose remarkable support allows us to propose a rich and varied program to the public.

I would also like to pay tribute to the authorities and security services for their valuable input and support sparing no efforts ensuring that the festival takes place under the best conditions of security and tranquility.

For this 16th edition of the Mawazine Festival Rhythms of the World, taking place from the12th to the 20th of May 2017, I wish you a great edition.


President of Maroc Cultures Association

President of Mawazine Festival Rhythms of the World


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