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Amazigh Music & Poetry

On Thursday 9 May, the Euro-Arab Foundation presents the concert ‘Amazigh Music and Poetry’ with the groups Yuba and Band (Morocco-Germany) and Mawlid Guembri by Antonio Arias and Ramón Rodríguez (Granada).

Thursday 9 May, at 6.30 p.m., at the headquarters of the Euro-Arab Foundation.

Access to the concert by invitation, which can be requested at: or by WhatsApp 635048584

This concert, presented by the group Yuba & Band (Morocco and Germany) and the group Mawlid Guembri of Antonio Arias and Ramón Rodríguez (Granada), is an invitation to return to the roots of one of the ancient musics of the Mediterranean, Amazigh music. This poetic musical proposal aims to discover the common ground between the music, melodies, songs and instruments of the two shores of the Mediterranean.

This event will feature the intervention of Hind Haik, who will recite Amazigh poetry translated into Spanish.

This activity is part of the programme of the International Chair of Amazigh Culture, created by the Euro-Arab Foundation with the sponsorship of the Dr. Leila Mezian Foundation of Morocco.

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Amazigh Fashion Show at the 6th Euro-Amazigh Forum

On April 18, the Euro-Amazigh Fashion Show was presented at the Euro-Arab Foundation as part of the activities carried out in the 6th Euro-Amazigh Forum, which is being held from April 11 to 24 at the Euro-Arab headquarters

The Amazigh Fashion Show is a vibrant event that celebrates the rich cultural heritage and diversity of the Amazigh communities of North Africa.

This fashion show will showcase garments and accessories from different regions of Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Libya

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The Euro-Arab Foundation will come alive with colourful textiles, embroidery and geometric patterns characteristic of the Amazigh aesthetic.

The Amazigh designs reflect the deep connection to nature and the history of this community, incorporating elements such as floral motifs, tribal symbols and traditional weaving techniques.

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Each garment and accessory tells a unique story, conveying the cultural identity and pride of belonging to the Amazigh community.

The fashion show offered as part of the 6th Euro-Amazigh Forum is not just a fashion exhibition, it is a tribute to the creativity, craftsmanship and resilience of a people who have kept their traditions alive over the centuries.

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The Euro- Arab presents the VI Euro-Amazigh Research Forum

The Euro-Amazigh Research Forum will be held from 11 to 24 April. The Forum features a wide-ranging programme of scientific, educational, artistic and cultural activities on the Amazigh arts, with experts from Algeria, Spain, France, Morocco and the United Kingdom.

From 11 to 24 April, the headquarters of the Euro-Arab Foundation for Higher Studies in Granada will host the 6th Euro-Amazigh Research Forum, which this year will be held under the title ‘The Amazigh arts: between traditional expressions and contemporary creations’.

This international Forum, which is part of the International Chair of Amazigh Culture of the Euro-Arab University, has a diverse programme of activities for all audiences: a scientific seminar, workshops, exhibition of tapestries ‘The Weavers of the Atlas’, a film forum with the production ‘Sound of Berberia’ and other cultural performances.

These activities will be attended by experts from Algeria, Spain, France, Morocco and the United Kingdom.

The international seminar opens on Wednesday 17 April at 10 am with four different debate sessions: ‘Amazigh artistic heritage: from the local to the universal’, ‘Narrative and decorative arts’, ‘Towards a history of Amazigh art’ and ‘Performing and performing arts’.

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The Euro-Arab Foundation celebrates Yennayer 2974, the Amazigh New Year

The Euro-Arab Foundation, through its International Chair of Amazigh Culture, is organising a programme of activities this coming Thursday, January 18, to commemorate Yennayer, the Amazigh New Year, which will include a workshop on Amazigh pottery decoration, a photographic exhibition by the Africanist Emilio Blanco Izaga and a gastronomic tasting.


The Yennayer is an ancestral and traditional Amazigh festival celebrated in a spirit of joy and conviviality in regions of North Africa, in the Canary Islands and in sub-Saharan countries that remain attached to this centuries-old tradition of the Amazigh people.

Yennayer is the celebration of the Amazigh New Year, the first day of the year in the agrarian calendar used since ancient times by the Amazigh people, and corresponds to the victory of Sheshonq I over Pharaoh Ramses III and his enthronement as Pharaoh of Egypt. He is the founder of the XXII dynasty, which reigned in Egypt until 715 BC.

The word Yennayer is composed of ‘yen’, meaning ‘first’, and ‘yesterday’ (or ayyur), meaning ‘month’. It corresponds to the first day of the agrarian calendar used by the Amazigh for centuries, which in turn corresponds to the Julian calendar adopted in North Africa in ancient Rome and thirteen days out of step with the Gregorian calendar. This holiday is celebrated on 12 January each year and corresponds to the first day of January in the Julian calendar. According to the Amazigh calendar, this year 2024 corresponds to the Amazigh year 2974.

In addition to its traditional and popular character, this festival also has a vindictive component on the part of the Amazigh people, who are calling for the recovery of the traditional festivities of their culture so that they are not lost. In this sense, Yennayer has been established as a public holiday in Algeria and Morocco, from 2018 and 2024 respectively.


17:30h. Workshop on ‘Amazigh Rifeña Ceramic Decoration’.

Introductory workshop on decoration with some reddish and white earthenware pottery pieces with traditional Amazigh symbols and natural dyes. Pottery is an essential element in the daily life of the Amazigh people.
19:00 h. Inauguration of the exhibition: ‘The Rif at the beginning of the 20th century as seen by Emilio Blanco Izaga’.

Exhibition of photographs by Emilio Blanco Izaga taken during his stay in the Rif between 1927 and 1945, during his time as auditor of the Spanish Protectorate in Morocco.

19:30 h. Gastronomic tasting of Amazigh cuisine

The Yennayer meal is a central component of the celebration. Those attending this celebration, organised by Euro-Arab, will be able to taste typical Amazigh products such as: tea, laban, amlou, seasonal dried fruits, thighwawin and typical sweets. There is a great symbolic charge in the preparation of the Yennayer menu, the way it is presented and even the way it is consumed, all of which is consigned to end hunger, augur a good year, have good harvests, bless change and fervently welcome the invisible forces in which the Amazigh culture believed.


The Rif at the beginning of the 20th century as seen by Emilio Blanco Izaga
From 18 January to 23 February, 2024.

Visiting hours. Monday to Thursday from 9h. to 14h. and from 17h. to 20h. Friday mornings only. Weekends and public holidays, closed

The exhibition presented by the Euro-Arab Foundation consists of photographs from the beginning of the 20th century by Emilio Blanco Izaga, which he took during his stay in the Rif between 1927 and 1945, while working as an auditor for the Protectorate. The images, taken in black and white and at the standard size of the period, have been edited with the intention of recovering the original colour of their details and expressly enlarged for better viewing.

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Since 1997, Libraries Day has been celebrated every 24 October by the Spanish Association of Friends of Children’s and Young People’s Books (link is external), sponsored by the Ministry of Culture and Sport,(link is external) in memory of the Sarajevo Library, which was burned down on 25 August 1992 during the siege of Sarajevo.

The Dr. Leila Mezian Library, open to the public since 2017, responds to the mission of the Euro-Arab Foundation to promote academic, scientific and cultural exchange between European and Arab countries and was created within the framework of the International Chair of Amazigh Culture.

This library is the result of the agreement signed by the Euro-Arab Foundation and the Dr. Leila Mezian Foundation, to disseminate the knowledge and cultures of the MENA region (Middle East and North Africa / Middle East and North Africa) and, especially, of the Amazigh people, being the only one of its kind in Spain and Europe.

Among its objectives is to expand the library collection, increase the number of users of library services and have greater visibility. To this end, several strategies have been devised, both inside and outside the headquarters.

For the growth of the documentary collection of history, sociology, language and literature, we have relied on our donors (AECID, BEEA-CSIC; UGR, Royal Institute of Amazigh Culture, among others). In addition, a financial allocation has been earmarked for the purchase of lots for the Kutub Reading Club.

From the 2020-2021 academic year, we have opted for our Kutub Reading Club in a hybrid format. The new edition of KUTUB, which starts next Thursday, 26 October, will be dedicated to Mediterranean narrative written by women.

Our Library includes various activities such as the organisation of seminars. An example of this is the international seminar held on 28 September on ‘Arabic and Universal Literature: What is the Arabic literary canon?’, organised together with the Sheikh Zayd Prize, one of the main prizes in the world devoted to Arab literature and culture.

It also organises workshops such as the project ‘Bridge between cultures: initiation to the arts of North Africa’, a practical and playful approach to different Arab and Amazigh (Berber) artistic and cultural manifestations, as well as Andalusian cultural heritage. More than 700 schoolchildren and teachers have benefited from our workshops free of charge.

If you wish to contact our Library, you can contact the Library Manager, Naima Anahnah, by e-mail: sends e-mail) or by telephone on 958 206 508.

Or you can come and visit us. We are in calle San Jerónimo, 27 in Granada and below you can see our opening hours.

We are waiting for you!

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Call for proposals in the fifth Forum on Euro-Amazigh Research: UNIVERSAL DIMENSIONS OF AMAZIGH COMMON CULTURAL HERITAGE

The fifth Forum on Euro-Amazigh Research:


  • The deadline for submission of communications will be open until 28 March 2021

Date: 19, 20 and 21 May 2021.

Place: Faculty of Letters and Human Sciences, Agadir (Morocco)

The ancestral Amazigh culture has overcome great obstacles and has realised remarkable actions, particularly being recognised as an official language in Morocco and Algeria by their respective Constitutions. With Tifinagh alphabet, its graphical symbol and the implementation of the organic law, it could accomplish all conditions of its institutionalisation and its necessary diffusion.

It has taken a long way before the Amazigh culture aims to convince that she constitutes the common patrimony, not only of all Moroccan people, speakers or not of the language, but also of all countries of North Africa and Sahel.

The identitarian and collective memory approach imposed by political and cultural circumstances, those in which it has been necessary to convince of that the Amazigh is a right and an obligation of those countries, it allows to consolidate important achieved rights.

It is time to build from those advantages to assure that universal dimensions of the Amazigh culture are put in perspective. These dimensions are codified, recognised and encouraged by all artistic and cultural modern expressions.

Thus, the identitarian and memory speeches, those are really necessary, must give to the artistic and cultural expressions, old and moderns, a global and universal significance symbol of its integration in the mechanism and modern implements of the human cultures.

Thematic areas :

  • Openings and narrowing of territorial boundaries of the Amazigh culture
  • Historical depth of marks and scientific testimonies of the shared Amazigh culture.
  • Modern artistic expressions of the reach of Amazigh culture.
  • Cultural and technological horizons, nationals and internationals, of Amazigh culture.

Languages: French, Spanish, Arabic and Amazigh. With simultaneous translation available.

Participants: researchers and experts in patrimony and Amazigh culture.

Participation conditions:

People interested must fill the registration form in this link: is external)  and through it they could send the next detailed information:

  • Abstract of the intervention (between 150 and 200 words).
  • Brief Biography of the researcher (indicate the Academical formation, eventual organisational belonging and the scientific researches carried out by you).

A quota of participation is reserved for renowned intellectuals and researchers who will be invited to participate in this event.

Schedule :

– Opening the call for applications: 16 February 2021.

– Receipt of the communication proposals (summary + CV) before 28 March 2021

– Reply of the scientific committee: on April 2, 2021 at the latest.

– Date of the Forum: 19, 20 & 21 May 2021.

Publication of the proceedings of the Forum:

International Chair of Amazigh Culture foresees the publication of communication proposals given in the framework of the convention.

Organisers :

  • International Chair of Amazigh Culture (Granada, Spain).
  • Euro-Arab Foundation for Higher Studies (Spain).
  • Doctor Leila Mezian Foundation (Morocco).
  • Faculty of Letters and Human Sciences, Agadir
  • University Ibn Zohr – Agadir (Morocco)

Scientific Committee :

  • Driss Khrouz
  • Inmaculada Marrero Rocha, Euro-Arab Foundation for Higher Studies University of Granada.
  • Leila Mezian, Doctor Leila Mezian Foundation
  • Bilal Sarr Marroco, University of Granada.
  • Lahoucine Bouyaakoubi, University Ibn Zohr, Agadir
  • Youssef Bokbot, National Institute of Archaeology and Heritage, Morocco.
  • Mustapha JLOK, National Institute of Archaeology and Heritage, Morocco.
  • Zohra Makach, Faculty of Letters and Human Sciences University Ibn Zohr, Agadir
  • Abdelmottaleb Zizaoui, Faculty of Letters and Human Sciences University Ibn Zohr, Agadir
  • Saad Tazi, Majorelle Foundation
  •     Hassan Laaguir, International Chair of Amazigh Culture

Organisational Committee:

  • Driss Khrouz
  • Lahoucine Bouyaakoubi
  • Zohra Makach
  • Abdelmottaleb Zizaoui
  • Hassan Laaguir

For more information : sends e-mail)

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Presentation-concert online “Morocco’s music” in charge of the musician Fattah Abbou.

Dates: Sunday, 20th December 2020.

Duración: 2 hours. From 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Language: english

Where: virtual room of Euroarab Foundation, in Zoom

Recipients: general Public. Maximum of 100 persons.

REGISTRATION: limited places. Whom is interested to participate fill out the form in: is external)



• Highlight traditional instruments of Moroccan music, specially from Amazigh culture.

• Learn basic rhythms belonging Moroccan’s music and dance.

• Get to know typologies and bases of Amazigh music.

Methodology and contents

By an adapted methodology, this presentation combines presentations, demonstrations and musical performance and songs live.

Will be done:

  • Short presentations on different types of musical styles.
  • Demonstrations of the essential instruments.
  • Performance of the artists accompanied by the American students those who will play some instruments and Amazigh songs.
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International Symposium “Amazigh Heritage in the Iberian Peninsula”. Call for papers and paper submission.

This scientific meeting, which will be held on the 22 and 23 of September, 2016, at the Institute of Medieval Studies of the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences of the NOVA University of Lisbon, aims mainly at promoting interdisciplinary diffusion, research and reflection upon the medieval cultural legacy of Berbers in the Iberian Peninsula. As in other meetings organized by both institutions, the event aims to deal with the issue in an interdisciplinary way, using different methodologies of study and analysis.

  • Call for papers for the International Symposium “Amazigh Heritage in the Iberian Peninsula”

The main areas that will be tackled during the Symposium include: history, archeology, literature, history of art, architecture, geography and Arabic philology.

In this first edition, the main themes chosen to be tackled include the following:

1. History of al-Andalus and the Mediterranean zone from the Amazigh point of view

2. The Amazigh (Berber) medieval artistic heritage in the Iberian Peninsula

3. Amazigh literature and genealogy in al-Andalus

4. Amazigh cultural legacy in al-Garb (West) of al-Andalus

Proposals should be accompanied by an abstract (500 words), as well as a brief CV of the speaker in which he/she specifies his/her education, eventual institutional affiliation and most important scientific production.

All proposals should be sent on the following email: sends e-mail) until May, 10, 2016. Acceptance of the papers will be subject to evaluation of the Scientific Commission of the Symposium. Moreover, later publication of the presented papers will also be subject to evaluation by a reading committee of renowned Portuguese and foreign researchers.

  • Languages of the Symposium are: French and Portuguese, although papers in Spanish and English could be accepted for their presentation.

Registration fees for the Symposium are 20€ for speakers and audience in general and 10€ for students.

Scientific Commission:

  • Dr. Leila Mezian (Leila Mezian Foundation, Casablanca)
  • Dr. Inmaculada Marrero Rocha (University of Granada – Euro-Arab Foundation for Higher Studies)
  • Dr. Amelia Aguiar Andrade (IEM-FCSH/UNL)
  • Dr. Jean Passini (EHESS-CNRS)
  • Dr. Rafael Lopez Guzman (University of Granada)
  • Dr. Pierre Guichard (University of Lyon)


  • Deadline for submitting proposals: 10 May, 2016
  • Notification of accepted proposals: 31 May, 2016
  • Deadline for submitting papers for their publication: 30 October, 2016
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‘Berber Doors’ Workshop by the Artist Khalid Assallami

A Workshop organized by the Euro-Arab Foundation, the Andalusian Library-Provincial Library of Granada(link is external) and the Multicultural Libraries in Andalusia(link is external).

Natural materials, such as iron, wood, pigments, etc., will be used during the workshop in order to capture and discover ancestral geometric shapes proper of the Amazigh craftsmanship.

The workshop will be imparted by the artist Khalid Assallami (Agadir, Morocco) who belongs to the family Mourabih, who, by turn, are well-known in the world of painting and theatre and totally devoted to cinema.

The workshop is a complementary activity to the exhibition of the same artist, IGUMDAN-Renaissance of a Shared Myth, which will be inaugurated at the Library next Thursday, 19 May, 2016.

The workshop will take place on 31 May and 1 June, 2016, from 18h00 to 20h00, with the following program:

Tuesday 31: layout and engravings

Wednesday 1: wood painting

In order to participate in the workshop, you need to:

  • Be in possession of the user card of the Andalusian Public Libraries Network.
  • Register on Thursday, 19 May, 2016, starting from 09h00 at the Outreach Department of the Andalusian Library or by calling on the following telephone numbers: 958 026 940 / 958 026 944.
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The Euro-Arab Foundation signs in Morocco the establishment of Doctor Leila Mezian Library

The Euro-Arab and Doctor Leila Mezian Foundations have signed an agreement regarding the establishment of Doctor Leila Mezian Library. This multilingual institution will be hosting material specialized in cultures and societies related to North Africa and Middle East Regions (MENA Region), with a special attention to Amazigh culture. 

— A moment while signing the agreement between Inmaculada Marrero Rocha and Leila Mezian Benjelloun, representatives of the Euro-Arab and Doctor Leila Mezian Foundations.

The main mission of Doctor Leila Mezian Library, which will be located at the Euro-Arab Foundation’s headquarters in Granada, will be disseminating knowledge of cultures from the MENA Region through making scientific documents available to the public, promoting research, as well as organizing scientific and academic meetings that encourage debates and dissemination of results of elaborated research.

The library is intended for both university and scientific communities (students, teachers and researchers), as well as professionals in international cooperation and communication and press fields. In general, it is aimed at a kind of public interested in MENA Region and Amazigh culture.


International Chair of Amazigh Culture

The agreement signed yesterday at Doctor Leila Mezian Foundation’s headquarters in Casablanca (Morocco) takes place within the framework of the International Chair of Amazigh Culture.

This Chair, created in December, 2014 by both the Euro-Arab and Doctor Leila Mezian Foundations, serves as an instrument of cultural diplomacy, not a governmental one, for the promotion of all aspects of Amazigh culture in Europe and North Africa, encouraging Euro-Amazigh cooperation, as well as development, promotion and research in that culture.

The creation of that Chair is considered an important step towards the promotion of Amazigh culture, the construction of a sustainable Euro-Amazigh partnership and the creation of networks of world-renowned experts and researches from different universities and countries.

This can be witnessed through the activities that took place during 2015 within the framework of that Chair and varied between international forums of experts, exhibitions, workshops, concerts and cinema seasons, to which is added now the establishment of Doctor Leila Mezian Library.

— Members of the teams of both institutions meeting in Casablanca. From the Euro-Arab Foundation, Inmaculada Marrero Rocha and Hassan Laaguir, and from the Doctor Leila Mezian Foundation, Leila Mezian Benjelloun and Abdessalam Zerouak.

Joint Commission of the Amazigh Chair

The agreement regarding the establishment of Doctor Leila Mezian Library took place within the framework of the meeting between members of the Joint Commission of the International Chair of Amazigh Culture, celebrated in Casablanca on Monday, 8 February.

During the meeting, members of the Joint Commission revised the annual report of activities that took place during 2015, and the current programming of scientific and cultural activities to be held during 2016.

Together with Dr. Inmaculada Marrero and Dr. Leila Mezian, representatives of the two Foundations, the meeting witnessed the presence of Abdessalam Zerouak and Aziz Sijilmassi Idrissi, from the Doctor Leila Mezian Foundation, and of Hassan Laaguir, from the Euro-Arab Foundation.