Carols in the ballroom. Click to watch.
We’d like to thank all of those involved in making our annual Christmas Market such a success. Of the many visitors we welcomed on December 10, we were perhaps most pleased that several dozens of children from our Ben Idder neighborhood in Tangier’s Old Medina stopped by to join us for face painting, crafts workshops and other fun!
We were honored to welcome Dana J. Hyde, CEO of the Millennium Challenge Corporation, to the American Legation Museum on this cold and rainy Saturday evening.
Ms. Hyde led an MCC delegation to Morocco, including Tetouan and Tangier. They were hosted by officials from the Office of the Prime Minister and the regional and municipal governments. TALIM Director Davison was pleased to reunite with a former diplomatic negotiating partner, Abdelghani Lakhdar, who currently serves as Economic Adviser to the Prime Minister.
The Marché de Noël returns to the Legation on December 10. Click here to view the event on Facebook. Click here to see photos from last year’s event.
The exhibition Tangier Then and Now is now available on Archnet. The collection, an expanded version of the exhibit International Tangier now on display in Rotch Library at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, contains selected, edited photographs from the collection of glass negatives of the Tangier American Legation Institute for Moroccan Studies, paired with photographs from 1976-1977, and labels with contemporary images.
If you are attending the 50th annual meeting of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) in Boston MA this week, be sure to stop by and see us in the booth that the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) has graciously shared with us. We will be there from Friday, November 18 through the end of the display. Please, also, join us for a joint reception in celebration of TALIM’s 40th Anniversary and CAORC’s 35th Anniversary on Friday, November 18, 2016, from 7:30 -9:00 pm. See the MESA Annual Meeting Program for details.
TALIM is holding the annual meetings of the Fellows and Board at MIT on Thursday, hosted by the Aga Khan Documentation Center at MIT (AKDC@MIT). The Program in Middle Eastern Studies of Wellesley College and AKDC@MIT invite you join us in Rotch Library at MIT for the opening reception of the International Tangier exhibit, 7:30-9:00 pm on Thursday, November 17. The exhibit will be on display through December 15.
Europeans and Moroccans in front of Bab Dar Dbagh, ca. 1920
An exhibition in Rotch Library at MIT in Cambridge MA, features prints made from the glass negatives collection of the Tangier American Legation Institute for Moroccan Studies (TALIM) in Morocco. The photographs, which have never been exhibited in the United States, date from roughly 1900 to 1930, a period that saw the city of Tangier undergoing a growth that has been unrivaled until recent decades. Not only is Tangier now seeing a radical transformation due to new construction and infrastructure improvements, but there is also a growing emphasis on historic preservation of the built environment. The exhibition highlights that by juxtaposing the older black and white images against more recent photographs of the places depicted.
We were pleased to host Mok’s Live Room Halloween at the Legation on October 29, and to welcome nearly 300 guests of all ages, along with performers from Tangier and Tetouan for this special (and spooky!) evening. Thanks to the Tangier American Language Center for sponsoring Live Room Halloween and special thanks to Ayoub Lahlouh for capturing the spirit of this fun event in this short video.
–October 31, 2016
We were pleased to welcome Hassan Bouchountouf to the Legation on September 6, where his performance opened the 3-day Haraka Dance Festival. Thanks to the brilliant Othman Sellami and his team for conceptualizing and organizing Tangier’s first contemporary dance festival and to Ayoub Lahlouh for this short film featuring highlights of Hassan’s exciting performance.
–September 6, 2016
TALIM was happy this summer to host day camps at the Legation for children from the Ben Idder neighborhood of the Tangier Old Medina. The coordinator for the camps was Ayoub Lahlouh of the theater company Dakirat El Mostakbel. Here is Ayoub’s film with highlights from the day camps and the grand parade to celebrate the conclusion of the camps.
July 16-17, 2016
We were thrilled to co-host the second edition of the Youmein Creative Media Festival this past weekend, from July 16-17. The Youmein Festival brought together artists and creative thinkers from across Morocco, France, the United States, Belgium, and Palestine to discuss and produce art centering around the topic of “crisis” or “أزمة”. Artists were challenged to create pieces reflecting on “crisis” within the 48-hour timespan of the Festival.
On Saturday members of Youmein, TALIM, and the public convened for a roundtable discussion featuring Driss Ksikes, a Moroccan journalist and playwright, and Hicham Bouzid, co-director of Arty Farty’s Think Tanger project.
(l-r) Hicham Bouzid, Driss Ksikes, George Bajalia. All photos by Omar Chennai
The presenters initiated the discussion with their own ideas and perspectives, and the audience participated with discussion and questions. The interactive panel discussion took place in a multitude of languages, Darija, French and English, reflecting the diversity of knowledge and experiences of the participants.