In Fez, a cultural program under the theme of travel

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In Fez, a cultural program under the theme of travel

            ” Voyages, mobilités, interactions ” is the common thread that guides the cultural activities programmed throughout the month of February by the French Institute of Fez (IFF). It is around the figure of Ibn Battûta – considered the greatest traveler in the Arab world – that the exploration of this theme will take place. An exhibition – taken from the comic strip “ Les voyages d’Ibn Al Battuta ” -, two meetings / debates, storytelling sessions and a special “ 7ajitek ” trip are all invitations to a trip for everyone ages. To begin with, an exhibition on Ibn Battuta’s travels in comics was installed at the IFF. It is accessible in the hall of the Institute from February 9 to 28. In twelve panels, this exhibition looks back on the emblematic countries visited by this fabulous pilgrim. His extraordinary journey recounted by Lotfi Akalay (author of ” Ibn Battuta, Prince of Travelers ”, Editions le Fennec, 2015) is illustrated by Joël Alessandra, both authors of the album ” Les voyages d’Ibn Battûta at Aire Libre / Ed. Dupuis. She follows in his footsteps which carried him from his native Tangier to Kenya, from Persia to the borders of China. For thirty years, accumulating more than one hundred thousand kilometers, he built his legend of Moroccan Marco Polo that the poet Ibn Juzayy al-Kalbi then put into words. Guided tours of the exhibition as part of the media library trail are also organized during this month. On the sidelines of these visits, readings aloud by the students of language courses of extracts from the book “Le rihla d’Ibn Battûta” are improvised. On February 19, debates on ideas will be held around the theme “ travel, mobility and interactions ”, with the researcher in comparative literature and social sciences, Khalid Zekri and the professor and president of the CCLMC (Coordination of researchers on Maghreb and comparative literature), Sanae Ghouati. A meeting on “ the journey in contemporary French-speaking Moroccan literature ” is scheduled for February 26 with Mohamed El Bouazzaoui, teacher-researcher at Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University and author of several studies and articles on French-speaking literatures and on communication of organizations. The entertainment and activities of the Youth Media Library and the monthly meeting “7ajitek” will also be devoted to the theme of travel.