Ce­line Dion in talks to head­line Morocco’s Mawazine Fes­ti­val

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JED­DAH: Ac­cord­ing to a re­port on Sayi­daty.net, Ce­line Dion fans in North Africa might just get lucky this year, as the man­age­ment of

Morocco’s Mawazine Fes­ti­val are ne­go­ti­at­ing with Dion to get the Cana­dian diva to head­line this year’s edi­tion, which will run from June 22 to 30.

Sayi­daty claims that talks be­tween Maroc Cul­tures As­so­ci­a­tion, the fes­ti­val or­ga­niz­ers, and Dion, have al­ready failed once, four months ago. The mag­a­zine al­leges that Dion’s de­mands — in­clud­ing a per­for­mance fee of $218,500 in ad­di­tion to ex­penses for a 160-mem­ber en­tourage — proved too ex­pen­sive for the or­ga­niz­ers. Sayi­daty does not ex­plain why Maroc Cul­tures As­so­ci­a­tion feels that sit­u­a­tion might have changed.

Mawazine is a crit­i­cally ac­claimed fes­ti­val that boasts a truly eclec­tic, in­ter­na­tional lineup ev­ery year, bring­ing to­gether lu­mi­nar­ies of world music as well as huge in­ter­na­tional pop stars. Past edi­tions have seen the likes of Ri­hanna, Ste­vie Won­der, Christina Aguil­era, El­ton John, Demi Lo­vato, Wiz Khal­ifa and Kylie Minogue take to the stage to per­form to vast crowds. In re­cent years, at­ten­dance fig­ures across the week have topped 2 mil­lion.

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