Oracle annual seminar in Casablanca 2016

14 to 16 April 2016

Topic: Cultures & Migrations
Motto: Cross the Mediterranean…and see !
Partners: Association Racines ( – others (tbc)

Please feel free if you have any suggestion on the program or/and if you would like to contribute as speaker, or to present a project or to facilitate a panel.


DAY 1  Thursday 14 April

Arrivals during the day and registration (at the hotel Kenzi Basma – Avenue Moulay Hassan 1er)

Welcome lunch – venue tbc (Cardinal or Sphynx)

Early evening: 17h – 20h at Racines’ office 

  • Jindrich Krippner, Oracle president: welcome speech & overview of the programme
  • Dounia Benslimane, Oracle GS and executive director of Racines: Presentation of Racines and welcome
  • Aadel Essaadani, Racines’ General Coordinator: Why culture is the solution, today more than ever?
  • Icebreaker 1 / What am I expecting from Casablanca/Morocco? Animated by Nina Gran and Mervi Appel

Dinner (offered by Racines)

Evening: Cultural evening programme in Casablanca


DAY 2  Friday 15 April 

Opening key-note session: 9h30 – 13h (at L’Uzine) 

  • Ljiljana Simic-Deru (OCN): “Europe: hostile or welcoming asylum land?”
  • Khadija Souary (GADEM): “The reality and challenges of sub-Saharan migrants in Morocco.
  • Q&A

Coffee break

Projects presentation highlighting the immigration issue: Arts and migration

  • Reuben Odoi (Musician, The Minority Globe): “ Mix City, fighting racism by street theatre”
  • Miroslav Karic (Macedonia): “From Diaspora to Diversities”
  • Experiences from Oracle members and local artists and/or organisations
  • Q&A

Lunch break

Afternoon: 14h30 – 16h30 (at Espace Darja – tbc)

Meeting and sharing experiences across the Mediterranean at Venue:

  • Jean Pierre Deru, (AMH): Why should actors from the South and the North cooperate?
  • Informal discussions between Oracle members and local actors / speed meeting: animated by Dounia Benslimane
    • ED alumni from Morocco (Farah Fawzi, Rita Khaldi)
    • Alumni of the EUNIC/Marcel Hicter diploma in Morocco
    • Other local actors

17h : Discovering Casablanca – The modern city – Art Deco guided tour with Karim Rouissi (Architect)

Dinner & Cultural programme – venue tbc 

DAY 3  Saturday 16, April

Morning: 9h30 – 13h at (at Racines)

  • OCN General Assembly / annual report 2015 (narrative and financial)
  • Work group:
    • 1/ Maastricht seminar 2017: brainstorming
    • 2/ OCN, an opportunity for cultural co-operation – brainstorming on a call for projects

Lunch break (offered by Racines)

  • Restitution of the work groups & roadmap for OCN activities
  • Icebreaker 2/ Did I get what I was expecting from Casablanca/Morocco? Animated by Nina Gran and Mervi Appel
  • Closing speeches and next steps

Afternoon: Visit to Théâtre Nomade company (street theatre)

Dinner & Farewell party (venue tbc – Moroccan restaurant then @ The Stone (music club))

DAY 4  Sunday 17 April

Departures during the day

Last taste of Morocco: The traditional Moroccan breakfast

Optional programme (for those who stay):

  • Visit to Rabat
  • Beach, sun and tan (if the weather is good)


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