Category Archives: Cultural events in Morocco

Marrakech Film Festival 2016

December 2 to 10, 2016 are the dates set for the 16th Marrakech Film Festival.

Your chance to see films not ordinarily shown in film theatres elsewhere.

The Eagle Huntress film showing at Marrakech Film Festival

The Eagle Huntress from UK, Mongolia, US

Combine pre-Xmas shopping with unique entertainment in Marrakech – we have two great special offers during this time to make your stay in Marrakech memorable and affordable. The package includes  a half-day shopping guide, a 3-course meal for the evening of arrival and arrival and departure transfers.

Wulu film at Marrakech Film Festival

Wulu from France, Senegal & Mali

The festival pays homage to the French actress Isabelle Adjani, Moroccan comedian Abderrahim Tounsi , Japanese director and actor, and Dutch cinema master Paul Verhoeven

http://www.festivalmarrakech.info/en/

Upcoming event in Marrakech for music lovers

Come to Marrakech September 1st to 4th, 2016,  to enjoy this brand-new four-day music and arts festival.

ATLAS ELECTRONIC MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL IN MARRAKECH

gnaou musician Morocco

A fusion of music traditions stemming from an exploration of global influences on electronic music.

The opening concert features James Holden and Maalem Houssam Gounia.

It’s not just music – there are performances by Marrakchi storytellers,  artworks with innovative materials and processes.

It’s all new and exciting …

The venue is just 20 minutes from Marrakech

For more information, check their site: www.atlas-electronic.com

Modern dance in Marrakech

Modern dance in Marrakech

 

From March 1st to 11th, 2016, the International Festival of Contemporary Dance, also known as “On Marche”, will be held in Marrakech at various venues.

Now in its 11th year, the festival brings together dancers from various countries. There are performances by students at the Ecole supérieure des arts visuels de Marrakech (ESAV). There will also be performances held in the main square  – Place jemaa’ el Fna  – bringing art to everyone.

The festival is held in different venues. For a complete program please click here: 

or go to this Facebook page:

 

 

Danse contemporain Marrakech

 

Organized by: L’Association On Marche

Association On Marche – Marrakech

www.taoufiqizeddiou.com

+ 212 (0) 6 24 28 19 58/ (0)6 50 09 44 41

Marrakech Biennale Art Exhibition 2016

 

Marrakech Biennale 2016

Upcoming events in Marrakech – the Biennale. Join a crowd of art lovers going to see the Marrakech Biennale – from February 24th to May 8th, 2016. The theme of this year’s event is “Not New Now / Quoi de neuf là”

The Marrakech Biennale, 6th Edition, has made great efforts to build bridges and foster mutual understanding and collaboration between regions in the contemporary art field.

The art scene in Morocco has been growing in recent years and Marrakech, with a number of new modern art galleries, has become the most sought-after and stylish destination in North Africa.

 

http://www.marrakechbiennale.org/

Marrakech Film Festival 2015

Jeremy Irons Marrakech Film Festival

 

Marrakech Film Festival will take place this year 2015 from December 4th to 12th.

A good time to be in the exotic city of Marrakech. Come and stay with us while you enjoy the 15th Marrakech Film Festival – we have a 20% discount for an affordable stay.

Francis Ford Coppola will be the Jury President.
Francis Ford Coppola Marrakech Film Festival 2015
Marrakech International Film Festival continues to explore the contours of world cinematography by paying tribute to Canadian cinema —  Atom Egoyan, David Cronenberg, James Cameron, Paul Haggis, Guy Maddin, Sarah Polley and more.

 

Festival of Astronomy in Marrakech

festival of Astronomy Marrakech 2015For lovers of the stars – come and visit Marrakech between November 19th and 29th, 2015.

After the resounding success of the two festivals Astronomy in Ifrane and Rabat. It is the turn of the ochre city to welcome lovers of the science of the universe for the 16th edition of the Festival of Astronomy in Marrakech.

Lots of workshops

For more information

Essaouira Gnaoua World Music Festival

Each June the charming port town of Essaouira comes to life with the rhythmic beats of the Gnaoua World Music Festival  This year’s festival took place  from May 14 to 17 and the final concert took place Sunday, May 17th.  The festival has become so popular that it has been described as the “Woodstock of Morocco”.  You can hear some of the music on videos uploaded to their site.

gnaoua musicians Essaouira Morocco

The Gnaoua festival is a veritable melting pot of musical influences and inspiration. Foreign artists mingle and play music with the mystical Gnaoua musicians. The Gnaoua masters invite jazz, blues, reggae, pop, hip-hop and rock musicians to explore new paths through impromptu jam sessions.

Over the years, the festival has become bigger and bigger with up to 500,000 visitors to Essaouira over four days. Unlike other festivals many of the performances are free to attend.

Bob Marley and Jimi Hendrix were both inspired and influenced by this sleepy town of Essaouira on the Atlantic coast of Morocco in the 60’s and 70’s.  It has a magical quality that transports you to another time. It’s relaxed and easy to navigate with no feeling of being rushed as in most modern cities.

The Gnaoua are a spiritual brotherhood of mystics…  for more on their background as mystics and healers https://www.fest300.com/festivals/gnaoua-world-music-festival

…their hypnotic repetition of a series of chants in Arabic can create a trance-like state. I’m going to have to go there!

 

Selman Hotel Marrakech Matisse Art Gallery art exhibition

Art exhibition Marrakech Regards Orientalistes Selman Hotel

Regards Orientalists – art exhibition in Marrakech

Between December 26th and January 5th, 2015, art exhibition being held at the prestigious Hotel Selman just outside Marrakech.

The exhibition is a collaboration between the Selman Hotel and the Matisse Art Gallery with the theme “Regards Orientalistes” .

Selman Hotel is at the foot of the Atlas Mountains, a palace with gardens and beautiful design by Jacques Garcia and built by the best artisans. It also boasts a stable of gorgeous Arabian horses.

Worth a trip to visit.

Km 5, Route d’Amizmis

Route du Barrage

Takerkouste

+212 524 45 96 00

email: info@selman-marrakech.com

Link to Selman Facebook

Matisse Art Gallery

+212 5244-48326

61 Rue de Yougoslavie, N° 43 Passage Ghandouri, Marrakesh, Morocco

+212 5244-48326

Café Clock in Marrakech

The first Café Clock opened in Fez, Morocco and now there is one in Marrakech.  A great place for cultural exchanges as well as a cup of coffee and a place to rest.

Cafe Clock in MarrakechCafés are spring up all over the medina of Marrakech – and a welcome addition they are too.

There is local artwork on the walls alongside vintage items, street art and a program set up for cultural exchanges and the promotion of aspiring artists. Every Wednesday there are jam sessions for musicians – anyone can bring along their instrument. There is traditional Marrakchi storytelling with an English translator on Thursday nights. Saturday nights offer live concerts. You can also find classes for yoga, darija, oud, calligraphy and oriental dancing …

More than your average café.  In the Kasbah area of the old city.

224 Derb Chtouka

Marrakech

05 24 37 83 67

www.cafeclock.com

Fez Sacred Music Festival

Getting musical in Fezfez-music-festival-morocco

For this week’s blog post we travel to Fez to bring you news of the Sacred Music Festival which is running from June 13th to the 21st.

During this time, Fez will be a veritable hot-bed of creativity as the festival kicks-off for another year. The annual theme this time is ‘The Conference of the Birds – Journey of Cultures’ and it will see huge international stars like the Blues legend Buddy Guy perform, the tabla master Zakir Hussain and the soulful Sengalese singer Youssou N’Dour.

The festival is a famous and renowned world event, which is not just a music festival but an event which actively promotes cross-cultural understanding. Something that is more important today than ever if you have the time, definitely pay a visit.

For tickets and to find out more visit www.fesfestival.com