Conceived, organized and produced by Sabah Zakhnini, the 1st edition of Ar’t Expo Morocco was inaugurated this Wednesday, March 24 at the Maison du Maroc Foundation in Paris, in the presence of several French, Moroccan and international personalities. It lasts three days and will be marked by artistic and cultural encounters, including round tables. This exhibition pays homage to the arts and culture of the Kingdom and makes the Maison du Maroc a privileged place for sharing and interactivity. The Cité internationale universitaire de Paris, a private foundation recognized as being of public utility, welcomes some 12,000 residents, from 140 nationalities. A veritable green lung of the capital, the Cité is home to 40 houses created on the initiative of a country, a school or a philanthropist. Among its houses, built in 1953, the Maison du Maroc is one of the 40 houses of the Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris (CIUP) which has welcomed generations of students while ensuring the human mix recommended by the founder of the international city. André Honnorat, who in 1936 summed up his philosophy and action in the following terms “Bringing together some of the intelligences which are the hope of tomorrow and thus leading them to realize that men, despite the diversity of their origins and traditions that formed them, are not so different from each other as they imagine”. Through the major exhibition “Morocco land of cultures and the arts”, the entire team of the Maison du Maroc foundation, in particular its director Abou Salah and Badiche, responsible for cultural activities, are fully involved in “bringing together talented creators , representatives of local produce cooperatives, writers, historians, designers, dressmakers, a thousand and one golden hands who organized a parade of Kaftans, artists from Morocco, France, Europe and Africa who “bring life to culture, arts and crafts, which make Morocco “an intercultural and tolerance country involved in the dialogue of civilizations” and which brings that extra soul and beauty that we so badly need in these time of tensions, epidemics and war .. The traveling exhibition was designed and staged by Sabah Zakhnini, Founder of Art’Expo Morocco who wanted to celebrate the influence, interculturality and universal dimension of Moroccan heritage in Paris, international city of Art and Culture. Let us quote some members of the team like Mrs. Maria Kermani Curator of the exhibition who evoked this event as “an ode to diversity”, Hicham Lahlou who emphasized the plurality and in particular the Africanity of artists from Senegal, the Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Rédouane Bachiri who mentioned the imperative need for transmission and others like Nadia Chellaoui, Abdoulay Diallou, Senegalese painter, Albert Harar, Deputy Mayor of Créteil and president of ACIP who, with emotion, recalls the role of the 3 Kings of Morocco, Mohamed V, Hassan II, and Mohamed VI in the opening of Morocco… The first edition of “Morocco, land of culture and the arts” was therefore deployed in a setting of gardens and reminded us, as Mr. Walid Remmal, representative of the Moroccan Embassy, reminded us “that culture, through its ability to bring out a sense of civic belonging is a powerful vector of social cohesion by the values it conveys tolerance, respect for others “.. An idea taken up by Mohamed Kenbib, Director of the Royal House of the History of Morocco who evokes the project of the House of History and calls on members of the diaspora to participate and give their opinion on the project. In Morocco, the representative of Mohamed Benchaaboun, ambassador of the Kingdom, will say, culture bears witness to a rich cultural diversity with its components, jbala, Arabized Berbers, Amazighs, Arab Andalusians… all of whom are markers that express creativity and the populations’ own identity. in a common heritage. The plurality of the Kingdom’s cultural heritage is indeed enshrined in the heart of the Constitution. The preamble to the Constitution, let us recall, specifies that “national unity is forged by the convergence of its Arab-Islamic, Amazigh and Saharan-Hassanian components and has been enriched by its African, Andalusian, Hebrew and Mediterranean tributaries”. . Another idea highlighted, beyond emotion, beauty, extra soul, culture is also an economic activity that can be a lever for growth in its own right if it is structured and organized as recommended by King Mohamed VI, who bet on culture by launching various projects: Mohammed VI Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rabat, Casablanca Museum, the National Higher Institute of Music and Choreographic Arts of Rabat (INSMAC) and so many other achievements that will bring culture, creators and artists to life, and which participates in the preservation of our heritage in order to transmit it to future generations. The transmission which is the ambition of Mrs. Izza, director and producer present at the event which has devoted herself for more than a decade to collecting the Moroccan intangible heritage through Berber, Arab and Jewish musical expressions… Gnaouas, the Sufis, the Andalusians, the cry of the Cheikhates, the Malhoune, the Dakka, the Judeo Arabic song. Through her production, Izza Genini has made the voice of Morocco heard internationally for years. We would have liked the heard during this “grandiose event” as described by Jack Lang, president of the Arab World Institute, who paid tribute to the artists and creators of the exhibition.