Assilah Moussem closes its curtains with paintings, murals

Only one foreign artist takes part in the 42nd session of the Assilah International Cultural Moussem due to the coronavirus pandemic.

RABAT – The Assilah International Cultural Moussem closed Sunday its curtains with an array and workshop paintings and engravings and murals carried out by Moroccan artists.

The 42nd edition of the Assilah Moussem, which was held under the high patronage of King Mohammed VI, was held after months of strict restrictions that had been implemented by the Moroccan government since March 2020 to stem the surge of the coronavirus pandemic.

This year saw the dedication of a mural painting workshop to Assilah’s children.

Bahrain’s Ahmed Anan, the only foreign artist who took part in the Moussem, told the MAP that the summer session, which was organised during this particular time, was a kind of “artistic relief” in a magnificent country.

Anan welcomed the exchange of expertise, techniques and ideas between the artists participating in the Moussem.

Moroccan artist Oumayma Badoud, who hails from Fes, told Middle East Online that her first participation in the Moussem was a childhood dream that came true.

“The Assilah Moussem was my childhood dream. It was my best participation ever in an international festival,” said the 30-year-old self-taught artist.

Badoud acknowledged that this year had been tough for artists because of the lack of cultural events and the difficulties to travel abroad in the current pandemic.

“This year has been so difficult for us, but we carried on working in our own workshops,” said the female artist who contributed to the Moussem, which was held from June 25 to July 18, with three paintings.

The Assilah Forum Foundation announced that the Moussem's autumn session will be held from October 29 to November 21, in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports -Department of Culture-, and the Assilah council.

This session will be marked by the organisation of three conferences which will see the participation of an audience of international researchers and intellectuals from all over the world, as part of the 35th edition of the Al-Muatamid Ibn Abbad Open University.