Greetings Classy People,

The morning of the 2nd of November was one of my best moments at the 16th Atlantic Andalusia Festival. Beautiful souls met at DAR SOUIRI to listen to a panel interview of inspirational people.

Chaired by Mister André Azoulay, each person of the panel shared thoughts about the school of Essaouira, the importance of the place, the importance of the bond.


The discussion began by describing the energy each person felt during the night of Zaouia Qadiria. Everyone agreed that it was spiritually intense, and nothing was more beautiful than seeing different generations sitting together for Jewish and Muslim Sufism.

Moroccan Muslim kids today didn’t have Moroccan Jewish families as neighbors like their parents, or grandparents, therefore, discovering was precious. The cradle of coexistence is attainable with Art, so repeating Sufi songs together allows people from different religions to look at each other in the eyes with harmonious love. 

« What they experienced yesterday will determine their adult’s word, and that is priceless. »

-André Azoulay


People who lived the preproduction of the Atlantic Andalusia Festival of Essaouira revealed the uniqueness of this 16th edition because it finally showed the results of the vision of 20 years ago.
The team host led by Mister Tarik Ottmani and active members of the Essaouira Mogador Association were warmly thanked by Mister André Azoulay for their work and efforts.

Spain ambassador Mister Ricardo Díez-Hochleitner Rodríguez stated that these 3 days in Essaouira were probably the most remarkable of all his stay in Morocco.

It was with a heavy heart that I experienced the last part of the discussion: the moment of testimonies didn’t leave me indifferent and filled up my eyes with tears.
Moroccan Jewish who left Morocco more than 50 years ago spoke up their gratitude for his Majesty, King Mohammed VI, and the strong inclination towards Morocco despite their absence.

I can write pages about the three hours I have spent in Dar Souiri, yet, words are unfortunately limited to convey my feelings.



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