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06.07.2018 - Honorary and Goodwill Ambassadors

Press conference about the International Festival of African Fashion 2018

From left to right: H.E. Mr Matoko, H.E. Mrs Zohour Alaoui, Alphadi, Mrs Dominique Chardon Savard, Ms Amal Boughanou, H.E. the Ambassador of Niger in France Elhadj Abu

On 5 July 2018, the UNESCO Artist for Peace and Nigerian fashion designer Alphadi introduced at a press conference the 11th edition of the International Festival of African Fashion organized with the support of the Permanent Delegation of the Kingdom of Morocco to UNESCO and of the Permanent Delegation of the Republic of Niger to UNESCO.

The International Festival of African Fashion was created in 1998 in Niger by Alphadi. This event will once again bring together for 3 days many African designers. The 2018 edition will take place from the 21st to 24th of November 2018 in Dakhla. It will host 2000 personalities from more than 40 nationalities. This press conference helped disclosing to the media the proceedings of this festival and its guests.

Moderator and journalist Sophy Aiida first presented the aims of this festival, which are to show the talent of African artists for art and creativity as well as to allow compensation for their work. Fashion shows and workshops are planned, showcasing the talent of designers from Africa and from around the world.

Alphadi presided over the conference as Artist for Peace and Founder of FIMA. By his side representing UNESCO were His Excellency Mr Matoko, Deputy Director General of UNESCO African Department, and Her Excellency Mrs Zohour Alaoui, Ambassador, Permanent Delegate of Morocco to UNESCO.
Expressing their support were His Excellency the Ambassador of Niger in France Elhadj Abu and Ms Amal Boughanou, Cultural Affairs Adviser at the Moroccan Embassy in France. Mrs Dominique Chardon Savard, founder of the Chardon Savard and COX gallery workshops, gave a sneak peak of some of the artistic work that will be presented at the Festival. They will honor the role Casa Moda, the fashion school based in Casablanca, Morocco, had for the development of African fashion. All the speakers emphasized how much this festival has been a vector of peace and hope for African peoples. "Art and culture are vehicles for Africa's integration into the world," noticed Alphadi at the conference.

Sidahmed Seidnaly, better known as Alphadi, was named UNESCO Artist for Peace in January 2016 in recognition of his commitment to culture, development for peace, respect for human dignity and his contribution to promotion of tolerance.

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