Rabat, the capital of the Kingdom of Morocco, designated “African Capital of Culture”, continues its cycle of the African Capitals of Culture program. This program celebrated every three years and initiated by United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa), was launched on 1 June 2022 and will continue until May 2023. Rabat is the very first city and capital of the continent to be the subject of this celebration and thus holds a symbolic significance in the challenge of spreading the culture of Africa. Within the framework of a rich and multidisciplinary program elaborated to guarantee the success of this prestigious event as well as to take up this cultural challenge, the official inauguration of Rabat African Capital of Culture 2022 was the object of an exceptional ceremony marked by the parade of artists Troupe Nomade, which marched from Bab El Had Square to the entrance of the Mohammed V Theater on 24 June 2022, magnificent music and dance performances on the stage of the Mohammed V Theater, as well as the presence of the Mayor of Rabat, Ms. Asmaa Rhlalou, the Minister of Culture, Mr. Mehdi Bensaïd, represented by his secretary general, Mr. Abdelilah Afifi, the president of UCLG Africa, Ms. Fatimetou Abdel Malick, and the secretary general of the organization, Mr. Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi.
Speech by Ms. Fatimetou Abdel Malick, President of UCLG Africa
Full movie of the launching ceremony of Rabat African Capital of Culture