Marrakech has just been designated African Capital of Culture 2020, a showcase of today's urban Africa, highlighting the diversity of African cultural expressions, announced Friday in Marrakech, the Mayor of the ocher city, Mohamed Larbi Belcaid.
In 2020, Marrakech, this millennium city doubly inscribed in the universal heritage, first through its medina since 1985 but also Jamaa Lafna Square as intangible heritage in 2001, will bear the colors of African culture, he welcomed.
A world-famous tourist destination, Marrakech has an important hotel infrastructure, tourism, events, sports and cultural very dense as evidenced by the fabric of museums, traditional and contemporary art centers, he said.
The human soil, the concern for multiculturalism and the richness of its heritage allow Marrakech to launch a pilot edition of the African Capitals of Culture, he said, calling for the creation of an organizing committee Marrakech 2020 and also install an organizing committee of Afri-capitals in Marrakech.
The African Capitals of Culture that will be launched for the first time, sees itself as a major event, anchored and piloted in Africa and radiate internationally. It is an initiative that federates and enhances the expertise, know-how and skills on the continent and in the Diaspora that make the Africa of today and think the world of tomorrow.