IADT embarks on exciting international collaboration with Morocco under Erasmus+

Gerry O'Sullivan

Posted: 14 October, 2019

The Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design + Technology (IADT) and home to the National Film School has signed an historic agreement with Ecole Supérieure des Arts Visuels de Marrakech (ESAV), Morocco that will see staff and students explore collaborations in film, design and entrepreneurship through the Erasmus+ initiative.  This significant agreement opens opportunities not only for IADT but for education, cultural and industry partnerships across the creative and enterprise sectors between Ireland and Morocco.

Vincent Melilli, General Director, ESAV, “welcomed the prospects for co-operation with IADT”.

The IADT paid tribute to the important contribution of H.E. Ambassador Lahcen Mahraoui, and his team from the Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco who were instrumental in igniting the engagement.

The signing was witnessed by Leas-Chathaoirleach, Cllr Deirdre Donnelly and Cllr Ossian Smyth of Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council.

The signing coincided with the 5th Dublin Arabic Film Festival.  IADT was delighted to host guests Zahara Moufid, Principal Organiser of the DAAF; Laila Tounzi, Service du Contrôle de la Production Centre, Cinematographique Marocain (CCM) and renowned film producer, Khadija Alami (Aquaman, Captain Philips, Homeland) who also gave a talk to a packed house at the National Film School.

The Irish government will open an embassy in Morocco in 2020 as part of the “Global Ireland- Ireland’s Global Footprint to 2025” national strategy. Morocco is currently negotiating a Free Trade Agreement with the EU.