Poetry Slam Evening: w/ Noussayba Lahlou & Moniem El Boudiabi

On September 30st, TALIM hosted both Noussayba LAHLOU and Moniem EL BOUDIABI.
بقلم مؤنث و جد مؤثر، نسيبة لحلو من الشخصيات الاكثر إشعاعا في شعر الشارع النسائي بالمغرب. بإلقائها كتاباتها باللغة الفرنسية، إستطاعت أن تصل إلى جمهور واسع و متنوع، مغاربة و اجانب، من مختلف طبقات المجتمع. بلغة بسيطة لا تبتعد قط من الثقافة المغربية، إستطاعت نسيبة ان تكسب احترام مستمعيها، بتعبيرها عن مشاعرها نحو مغربها هي.
With a very feminine and poignant pen, Noussayba Lahlou is one of the most imposing figures of slam in Morocco. By performing her texts in French and Arabic, she is able to reach a diverse audience, both Moroccans and foreigners, of all classes. With a simple language rooted in Moroccan culture, Noussayba has won the hearts of her audience by expressing and reflecting her feelings towards “HER” Morocco.
عبد المنعم البوديابي او منعم الصلامور, من مواليد طنجة. بدا حياته الفنية في كتابات الراب.. في بدايات 2013، كانت بدايته الصلامية مع مجموعة كافي صلام .طونجي.. لعب في ما لا يقل عن 50 سهرة محليا و وطنيا.. من اشهر و احبب صلاماته : العربارجة .. بلادي فوبي .. كولورادوا… الخ
Abdel Moniem El Boudiabi, or Moniem Slammeur, was born in Tangier, Morocco. He started his artistic carreer rapping, and by early 2013, he had begin slamming with Cafe Slam Tanger. He has performed in more than 50 shows locally and nationally.

2017 Youmein Creative Media Festival Panel discussion

Presented by Borderline Theatre Project and the American Language Center in Tangier, the 2017 Youmein Creative Media Festival was a co-production with DABATEATR, in partnership with the Tangier-American Legation Institute for Moroccan Studies (TALIM), TechnoPark Tanger, Association Tanger Région Action Culturelle (ATRAC), and Think Tanger.

In its third edition, the Youmein Creative Media Festival took up the theme “imitation” or, in Arabic, “taqlid”.  Reflecting on the question, “how do cultures and society change, if not by imitation?” and [laying on the Arabic “taqlid” (imitation) and its plural form “taqalid,” (traditions) many pieces in the festival explored the relationships between imitation and tradition, cultural borrowing and modernity, and mechanical reproduction.

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On a hot August Saturday night at the Legation, Bjoern Dahlstroem, Director of the Musée Berbère Jardin Majorelle and the Musée Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech –mYSLm-, and Madison Cox, Vice-President of the Fondation Jardin Majorelle, discussed preparations for the October inauguration of the mYSLm. The audience were captivated to learn details of both the architecture and programming plans for the mYSLm, which promises to be a new landmark on Morocco’s cultural landscape.

Live at the Legation: 2017 Ramadan Nights Concert with Redouan Hasnaoui

We are delighted to introduce our “Live at the Legation” podcast series.  On Friday, June 9 at 22h, we revived a  tradition of  Ramadan concerts here at the Legation by hosting the young Tangerine singer-songwriter Redouane Hasnaoui, where he sang about Tangier, the environment, motherhood, and Sufi and romantic poetry. And of course, we recorded it for you!
We hope you enjoy it!

Legation Christmas Market, 2016

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!

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TALIM at the MESA Annual Meeting

boston-16-finalIf 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.

Photographs: Tangier Then and Now

Europeans and Moroccans in front of Bab Dar Dbagh, ca. 1920
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.

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Live Room Halloween at the Legation

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