The Assilah Arts Festival in Morocco was founded in 1978 by the former foreign minister, the then city mayor Mohammed Ben Eissa and the artist Mohammed Malihi. The Festival was started as part of a ceaseless effort to support the town's restoration and regeneration.
Today, the Festival is one of the most important art festivals in Morocco. Over the past three decades, this event has helped to promote dialogue, cultural exchange and solidarity. As well as this the Festival is widely known as a celebration of the values of peace and tolerance.
Every July, well known personalities in politics, diplomacy, culture and the arts flock to the Festival. Amongst them there are writers, painters, musicians and dancers, who come to meet, share ideas and co-operate with each other.
Each year, a country is designated to exhibit its culture through a core program. The chosen country will celebrate its individual culture through exhibitions, performances and conferences. This year, the UAE is the Festival's guest of honour.
This application will give visitors and interested parties an insight into some of the activities being undertaken by the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage at this year's Assilah Festival. It will include daily news updates, photoblogs, Twitter feeds, videos and podcasts. We hope you enjoy it.