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Local schoolchildren learn about Tangiers in cultural exchange

Johnny Bugeja

Young pupils at Governor’s Meadow school learnt about Moroccan art and music yesterday as part of a Gibraltar Tangier cultural exchange.

A band of musicians were joined by singer Wadie Ismail and two artists, Sanae Alami and Karina Jahadi, in the project led by Mark Montovio from the JM Memorial Foundation and the Gibraltar Cultural Services’ Cultural Development Unit.

Local children learnt about to paint with their feet in the style of Ms Jahadi, who uses her feet and mouth to paint.

Ms Jahadi has learnt to succeed despite her disability and has learnt to use her feet for everyday tasks.

The children enjoyed learning different styles of painting from Ms Jahadi and Ms Alami, and listening to Arabic music.

The cultural exchange also saw the musicians perform at the GEMA gallery on Monday night.

The event was formally opened by the Minister for Culture Dr John Cortes.

Dr Cortes called it a great moment to celebrate cultural unity and Gibraltar holds Morocco “very close in our hearts”.

“Gibraltar will never forget what Morocco and Moroccan people did for us when the border closed in 1969 and since then we have become closer and closer,” Dr Cortes said.

“An exchange of art is only the right thing to do.”

GCS CEO Seamus Byrne confirmed Gibraltarian artists and musicians will be visiting Tangier in April.

Mr Byrne thanked him team at GCS and Cultural Development Officer Davina Barbara for their hard work.

See feature on pages 12 and 13 of today's print or e-edition.