Black on White gallery – Art in Marrakech

Art gallery Marrakech noir blanc galerie

Sometimes an afternoon calls for a cultural outing. While in Marrakech there is ample to see just from wandering the lanes, the cool of an art gallery offers space for quiet reflection. A visit to the serene Black on White gallery is a great choice.

A sleek and modern space, the gallery promotes contemporary art in Morocco via various mediums – from painting, drawing, sculpture and photography to installation, performance and video art. The gallery represents twenty artists and highlights their work through regular exhibitions.

The current show ‘Childhood: Art’ is on display until January 20th. Artists include Florence Arnold, Azrhai Aziz Rashid Bakkar, Benjkan Salah Ahmed Ismael Ben Hicham Benohoud, Bigot Martine, Mahi Binebine, My Youssef El Kahfai, Abdelhaq Elyoussi Alain Gerez Ahmed Hajoubi, Tibari Kantour, Christophe Miralles, Mourabiti Mohamed Hassan Nadim Beatriz Nirtán, Jihan Rihani and Nawal Sekkat.

All of these artists have agreed to relive their childhood through this exhibition, using this quite by Baudelaire as their inspiration: “the toy is the first initiation of the child to the art.” Take a visit to see the results.

http://www.galerienoirsurblanc.com/

located in the new town of Gueliz, 48 rue Yougoslavie, 1st floor, Imm. Adam Plaza

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Lucinda Arundell exhibition Marrakesh

lucinda arundel art exhibition Marrakech

If you are in Marrakech between the 8th to the 12th of January, head along to the Théâtre Royal to see Lucinda Arundell’s wonderful art exhibition.

The show is called Ben Salah Medina and the artist – who trained under Robert Lenkiewicz for several years – will be at the exhibition most days to talk about her work.

The artist lives and paints in Marrakech and is well-established having won the Lloyds Art Group prize in 2008 and having exhibited at the Mall Galleries in London and various other British galleries.

She is most noted for her series ‘Floating Girls’ which contains recurrent themes which run throughout her work. Floating, sleeping, freedom and children all feature regularly.

More recently, Arundell’s work has focused on trying to capture the life of the people in the Ben Salah quarter in Marrakech’s Medina –which is what this show is all about.

The exhibition is in aid of the Ben Salah Association for Social Development and admission is free.

Find out more, here: http://www.lucinda-arundell.com/

Palm Pilates in Marrakech

pilates in Marrakech

As January is the month of good intentions and New Year’s resolutions, we thought we’d share with you one of our latest discoveries, Palm Pilates in Marrakech.

If you’re not the gym-bunny type, Pilates could be just the thing you are looking for.

Pilates is a system of exercises which has been designed to enhance strength, energy, flexibility, and posture, as well as enhance mental awareness.

Lise B, now a resident in Marrakech after first discovering Pilates in Paris, is offering classes in the city. Fully-qualified – she has recently added the Peak Pilates Level 3 certification to her other training credentials – the classes are proving a real hit with expats and locals alike.

The classes are suitable for everyone with varied techniques that work for people of all ages and fitness levels – the classes are also a great way to stay on track and to meet new people.

Group mat classes, which take place at Elite Danse on Rue Tariq Ben Ziad are 150 dhs per individual class. Private instruction costs from 300 dhs per session, while off site instruction starts from 500 dhs.

To find out more, see: http://www.palmpilates.com

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33 Rue Majorelle – near Majorelle Gardens in Marrakech

interior store 33 rue Majorelle Marrakech

If Colette is Europe’s best concept store, 33 Rue Majorelle, owned by Monique Bresson and Yehia Abdelnour, is arguably the African equivalent. Located down the street from the Jardin Majorelle botanical park and museum in Guéliz, the two-story shop—part boutique, part art gallery, part café—takes Maghrebi style standards and makes them mightily mod. Hence the store’s motto: “Shop differently.” Among the covetable offerings made by inventive, mostly Moroccan talents are traditional woven-raffia slippers with a Coco Chanel vibe (thanks to a cap-toe design and a combination of black and cream fibers), luxurious scarves wrought in delectable sorbet shades, and glamorous hand-embroidered coats. 33 Rue Yves Saint Laurent; 011-212-524-31-41-95; 33ruemajorelle.com

Photo courtesy of 33 Rue Majorelle

From AD, http://www.architecturaldigest.com/ad/travel/2012/marrakech-moroco-travel-shopping-guide-slideshow#/slide=18

bracelets 33 rue majorelle concept store in Marrakech

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A Stylish Hen party in Marrakech

hen party marrakech

Feasting, sunbathing, shopping and spa-ing – could there be a better mix for a stylish hen party? With all this on offer, Marrakech has to be one of the best hen party destinations in the world.

Many riads in Marrakech can be booked as a whole too meaning that you and your party can relax in privacy and make the most of the chic, understated setting you’ll find yourself in. It is hard to find a more romantic and scenic setting than somewhere like Riad Sapphire.

On your first morning, start with a hammam treatment. An expert scrub with a kessa glove means your skin will be perfectly peachy and smooth, all the better for soaking up the sun.

Shopping is of course, a must-do in the afternoon.

New trinkets for the home and adornments for the bride are on offer – slippers, baskets, jewellery, candles, lanterns, textiles, tribal artefacts and of course carpets. Arrive with a half-empty suitcase so that you can take full advantage of all that is on offer.

Once night falls, head out for dinner at Timila, where you can organise belly dancing lessons and dine at a table decorated with rose petals and fairy lights. Or, try Bo Zin which hits the spot for relaxed, low-key dining.

Riad Sapphire, due to open in late January, can be booked exclusively. You will get lots of help planning your hen party — ambiance guaranteed in this stylish riad. In-house spa area for hammam, massages, beauty treatments.

Contact us at riadsapphire@gmail.com for more details.

Research your perfect hen party here, on our blog: http://chic-riads-marrakech.com/cool-marrakech-guide-blog/

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Bird watching trips from Marrakech

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Home to coasts, islands, wadis, plains, forests, mountains and deserts – with such terrain it’s no surprise that Morocco is a bird-watchers paradise. You can easily travel to see birds on a day trip, or else overnight if more time is required.

You could start by heading out towards the Oukaimeden valley where a world of bird watching opens up. Resident and migrant species exist in abundance in this valley. Grab a pair of binoculars and a good bird watching book and look out for Woodchat Shrike, Common Crossbill, Hawfinch, Brambling, House, Rock and Cirl Buntings.

In amongst the rocky slopes, if you’re lucky, you may spot Blue Rock Thrush and the Levaillant’s Woodpecker.

Up at the ski resort at Oukaimeden (80km from Marrakech), it is sometimes possible to spot the Crimson-winged Finch (November to May), or the elusive Rock Sparrow, Water Pipit and Horned Lark.

Further afield, around the Tizi-n-Tichka pass, you might see the Tristram’s Warbler, raptors and Short-toed Snake Eagles. Ouarzazate is the place to head to for the chance to view the Ruddy Shelduck, and Long-billed Crested Lark, Eurasian Spoonbill and a selection of waders.

A decent book for bird-watching in Morocco is: http://www.nhbs.com/a_birdwatchers_guide_to_morocco_tefno_4859.html

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