Amazigh music concerts, art exhibitions and conferences this weekend in Melilla

Melilla will have a varied cultural program this weekend, full of concerts, art exhibitions, conferences and round tables.

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The first edition of the Iwa Fest brings a poster of artists with different musical styles fused with the way of singing from different parts of the world. During the weekend the Fort of Victoria Grande and Victoria Chica will host the musical performances of this festival.

On Friday, October 7, they will perform at 7:00 p.m. Naima Mohatar; at 8:00 p.m., Agraf Band; at 9:30 p.m. Ikram Bouloum; 10:45 p.m. Pigeon Colombe; 00.45, Mr. Id.

On Saturday, October 8, another five groups will perform. at 19.00 Tasuta N-Imal; at 20.15 it will Jubantouja; at 21.45, Bab L’Bluz; at 23:15, Azu Tiwaline; at 00.30, Amine K.

The tickets for concerts can be purchased through the festival website ( for a price of 20 euros (general pass for the two days) or 12 euros for each day. They can also be purchased in person at the Hotel Rusadir from Saturday.

The Victoria Grande Fort has been enabled to host this event that will end around 02:00 on both days. Bars with drinks and food have been installed for the enjoyment of the attendees, as well as portable toilets and security fences.

Access to the concerts will be through Cándido Lobera Avenue, which will be closed to traffic and can only be accessed on foot.

Round tables and exhibitions

On the other hand, the UNED also joined to participate in the first edition of this festival. During the week they are projecting feature films that are related to the Amazigh culture, such as ‘Alegría’, ‘Atlas Bereber’ or ‘Cigarros de miel’. The last of these projections will take place today: ‘Planeta Malek’ at 6:30 p.m. and ‘Mimosas’ at 7:00 p.m.

It also hosts at its headquarters various conferences. The first one is ‘conversations’ and it will be on Friday at 12:30 pm in the Assembly Hall of the university center. It will be attended by Soylile (an art lover who expresses the realities of Muslim people through their social networks), Elsa Almendros ‘Weio’ (North African journalist) and with Mohamed Hammú as moderator.

On Saturday at 12.00 there will be ‘identities’another conference in which the writer will participate Najat El Hashmi (winner of the 2021 Nadal Award for her novel ‘On Monday they will love us’) and the filmmaker Tarik El Idrissi (author of ‘The Journey of Khadija’, ‘Arrhash’ or ‘Sound of Barbary’). She will also be moderated by Mohamed Hammú.

Also, Iwa Fest will also fill the city of Melilla with art and innovation. The Exhibition hall of UNED of Melilla will host an exhibition of the works of different digital artists (such as DZART16, Nejma’s Salt either Adil Meslohi, among many others) with their own personal languages ​​inspired by Amazigh aesthetics and culture. They will be part of the ‘Zamazight Ssiwi’ exhibition, which will be available from this Friday until October 21 and with completely free access.

music recitals

On the other hand, the Kursaal-Fernando Arrabal theater also hosts two piano and harpsichord recitals by Amigos de Música.

On Friday at 8:00 p.m., Ricardo Descalzo will give a piano recital entitled ‘Contemporary Women Composers’. The program presents a varied range of current creators from different generations, nationalities and aesthetics. It will begin with the music of Elena Firsova (one of today’s most internationally renowned creators), and will continue with pieces by Alicia Díaz, Anna Korsun and Karen Tanaka.

On Saturday at 8:00 p.m., Anabel Sáez will offer a concert entitled ‘Anna Magdalena Bach album’, a CD that he published in 2020 and that is already playing in many homes around the world. She will now present it in Melilla.

this artist He frequently performs as a soloist and continuo player with different groups and orchestras. In 2009 she formed the ensemble La Galería del Claroscuro, and in 2016 the Orquesta Barroca de Alicante, both devoted to historicist music with period instruments. She has acted in different performances and cycles, in addition to bringing different educational proposals to conservatories and schools.

The Cabals

The recreational and cultural association of Los Cabales reopened its doors on September 24, after the end of the patron saint festivities, with a performance by the local group Café at 11.

this saturday to At 10:00 p.m., the artist from Melilla Gonzalo Carmona. The performance will take place at the entity’s headquarters (Calle Millán Astray, 1 – Plaza de Toros), as usual.

Gonzalo Carmona has been dedicated to the world of acting and music for more than thirty years. He is currently a teacher at the Melilla Municipal School of Dance.

He recently performed at the city’s patron saint festivities (at the Melilla Television booth and at the Mayor’s booth) and assured that this year he had especially liked the Fair because the spirit of the fairs of yesteryear had been recovered.

International Dance Congress

This weekend will also take place the Fourth International Dance Congress in the city. 13 male and female dancers of different nationalities will participate, including world champions.

It will take place in the covered pavilion of the Enrique Nieto Secondary Education Institute (Avenida de la Juventud, 4). Tickets can be purchased at the Bachakumbé School of Latin Rhythms (C/ La Espiga -nave c1-) from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. 20 euros.

On Friday there will be workshops from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and on Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Classes of different modalities such as salsa, bachata or kizomba will be taught with the attendees. Learning will be adapted to the level of the students at all times. In addition, as announced by the dance academy, Both nights will be partying and will feature different shows.

Family Fun

The smallest of the city will also have a place in the programming this weekend. On O’Donnell Street it will take place on Saturday an XL Games Zone so that families from Melilla can enjoy. These activities are scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. It will feature various games, such as the famous Who’s Who? Game of the Goose, 3 in Stripes, Jenga, the Snake Game and many more.

An activity that has been organized by the Zona Centro association, La Casa del Detail and the Autonomous City of Melilla.

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