RABAT, May 13 (Xinhua) -- The 23rd World Festival of Sacred Music opened late on Friday in Morocco's old city of Fez, with China as guest of honor.
Held under the theme "Water and the Sacred," the festival was opened by Morocco's first lady Princess Lalla Salma.
Choosing water as its theme, this year's festival aims to promote respect for the environment as the natural extension of a spiritual approach.
The festival in 2017 will be an opportunity to explore the symbolism of water and urge the world to reconcile with the environment and mobilize for the future generations and the planet.
The nine-day festival will feature a number of renowned traditional artists from all over the world.
Starting in 1994, the annual festival was designated in 2001 by the United Nations as one of the major events contributing in remarkable fashion to the dialogue between civilizations.