Pop-up at Le Jardin, restaurant in Marrakesh

Shopping in Marrakech, restaurant Le Jardin

As one of the world’s best shopping destinations, it’s no wonder that Marrakech has jumped on the worldwide pop-up shop craze. One of the best to keep an eye on is the one held at the restaurant Le Jardin.

Pop Up Shop occasionally takes over the first floor of Le Jardin in Souk El Jeld and the next one is coming right up between the 30th of November to the 1st of December.

So, if you’re planning on picking up a designer leather bag or clutch with a difference (beaded tassels, snakeskin) or a unique kaftan style dress, you ought to pencil in the date right away! As well as ample style and inspiration there will also be books, food and homewares.

1st Floor Le Jardin, 32 Souk El Jeld, Sidi Abdelaziz. Also, keep up with Norya’s FaceBook page: https://www.facebook.com/noryaayron

Moroccan Hip-Hop artist–chic-riads-marrakech art scene

sisimo rap star, marrakech

Moroccan hip-hop artist

Famous in Morocco, SiSimo is one of the country’s best-loved hip-hop stars. He can be heard on the radio, seen on the TV and watched at festivals and concerts.  We heard about him from the excellent website www.moroccolondon.co.uk. They reported on his latest album ‘Bach Jay Bach Dayr’, which is now available worldwide via iTunes, Amazon, and Spotify. The album is split into two, on the first side it is modern rap-rock, and on the second, there’s more of an old-school vibe.

What is refreshing about SiSimo is that he doesn’t rap about the usual topics – it’s not all jewellery and fast cars – instead he raps about Moroccan society and tries to pass on positive messages. He may only be 28 years old but he understands social injustices poverty, illiteracy, crime and the high cost of living and he’s not afraid to sing about them. In fact, his most famous song, “Kilimini” speaks directly of the wealth gap in Moroccan society.

His website is here www.sisimo.ma and you can hear some of his best songs, here on his FaceBook fan page: https://www.facebook.com/SiSimoofficialfanpage


Save the Date – TEDx

Ted talks, Marrakesh

We are pleased to announce that on September 20th and 21st the third TEDxMarrakech will be take place. Organised by Richard Branson’s sister, Vanessa Branson, and Andrea Kolb, this exciting two-day event includes a Friday night dinner and cocktail at Ana Yela, a whole day of stimulating and exciting talks on the Saturday and lunch by the Riad el-Fenn pool.

The theme is ‘Driving Forces’, so expect plenty of insight, wit and intelligence from the likes of Eric Van Hove (conceptual artist), Yossef Ben-Meir (Founder and President of the High Atlas Foundation), Gary Martin (Director of the Global Diversity Foundation) and Mariana Bozesan (Official Member of the Club of Rome), amongst others.

Topics to be discussed will all focus on the ‘driving forces’ theme, which might mean talking about social injustice, climate change and fear of the unknown, or art, architecture and design. As with all TED talks, there will be wit and analysis and the opportunity to meet like-minded people.

Tickets are on a first come, first serve basis and cost 700 MAD (70 Euros) for the TEDx conference on Saturday 9am-5pm or 800 MAD (80 Euros) for the full weekend (Friday reception, Saturday evening soiree).

In a nutshell, here’s what you can expect:

  • Open-minded discussions
  • In one of the most historic places in the world: The Medina of Marrakesh
  • 100 carefully selected guests
  • 10 mind blowing, inspiring speakers

Follow this link for more information: www.tedxmarrakesh.net or email Alia Radman at alia@animusmarrakech.com

Event in Marrakech May 11 to June 11 2013

Come and visit a new and exciting painting exhibition beginning the 11th May through to the 11th July:  “Flamme de Femme”.
Moroccan artist, Mohamed Issam
A young and dynamic Moroccan artist “Mohamed Mouden Issami” will be exhibiting his colourful palette, of a special exuberance and lyricism, which pays homage to women in all her attitudes.

For a preview of the exhibition, you are invited to Dar CHERIFA, 11th May at 6pm, during which Mohamed will give a very “special” performance in his inimical style.

It promises to be an interesting and entertaining evening so please come and join us!

Dar Cherifa, 8, Derb Chorfa Lakbir – Mouassine – Marrakech

Dar cherifa, Marrakesh, cafe litteraire


Art de Vivre Exhibition Marrakech March 27 to 31 2013


This year’s exhibition takes place in Marrakech at the Palais des Congres from March 27th to 31st, 2013. Here you will find new designs in home decor, furnishings, bed linens, garden furniture, and artwork.  Natural beauty products and wellness products made in Morocco are also exhibited here and available for purchase.

Art de Vivre exhibition Marrakech

The exhibition is a trade show for hotels in Marrakech, importers, exporters, designers, architects, etc. but it is also open to the public – and many foreigners love looking around the exhibits to get ideas for their home. Marrakech is a great meeting place for designers and craftsmen – a marriage that has led to many exciting new high-quality products that blend modernity with tradition.

For more information: http://www.artdevivremaroc.com/