The House of Poetry in Morocco celebrated the cultural and artistic bonds between Arabs and Africans with its Arab African Poetry Festival, which was held from March 19 to 21 and hosted 14 poets from Africa and the Arab world.
The festival was held in Zagora in southern Morocco, an important cultural center and point of transit between North Africa and the rest of the continent since ancient times. The program included poetry readings and discussions on trends and traditions in contemporary poetry from the region.
The House of Poetry's Murad al Qadri told the Moroccan newspaper Al Maghribia that AFAC's support was vital to the success of the festival, especially in the absence of any assistance from the Agency for Development of the South or the Moroccan Ministry of Tourism.
"It has been necessary to consider new alternatives to revitalize the House of Poetry and the activities it sponsors, which were initially intended to restore of the status of both poets and poetry in Morocco," he said.