New openings in Marrakech

Marrakesh – an evolving city with new cultural spaces

Jardin des Arts sculpture park Marrakesh

The amazing confluence of design talent in Marrakech is testament to the city’s vibrancy. Marrakech is a city of inspiration, innovation and creativity and proves itself to be a magnetic draw to artists and designers from all over the world. It is also a rich source of creativity for Moroccans themselves.

Green yellow mask Anima Garden Marrakech

Artists and designers draw inspiration from both the traditional and modern aspects of the city of Marrakech – the combinations of colours, patterns and design are tremendously appealing. You can pick this up just wandering around the souks – and you can see it reflected in countless blogs, design magazines, and websites that feature Moroccan-inspired design.

We’ve put together a new list of must-sees in and around Marrakech for those interested in art, culture and gardens:

Recently-opened museums in Marrakech

MACMA Musée d’Art et de Culture de Marrakech

MCMA Marrakech Art and Culture Museum

Opened in February 2016, this privately-owned art and culture museum is in a modern 400 m² space that is light and airy within the constraints of museum exhibitions and the requirements of conservation. Permanent exhibitions will be enriched with collectors’ pieces both private and from foundations. There are paintings, objets d’art and old black and white photographs. The museum also boasts an art library and literary café with poetry readings and musical evenings.

MACMA Art Museum in Marrakesh

MACMA Sculpture in MarrakeshThe museum is in the new town of Gueliz. 50 dh entry charge.

www.museemacma.com/
61, rue de Yougoslavie – Passage Ghandouri, Guéliz – Marrakech
museemacma@gmail.com
212 (0)5 24 44 83 26
Open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

 

Musée de la Civilisation Marocaine de l’Eau — the Museum of Moroccan Civilization and of Water was officially opened by Crown Prince Moulay Hasson on January 5th, 2017. It highlights Moroccan expertise in water management in what is an arid part of the world and how it is managed and distributed in villages and town.

Inauguration Museum of Civilization and Water Marrakesh

Water wheel at the Museum of Civilization and Water Marrakech

It is designed to raise awareness among Moroccans about the value of water and water conservation.

It also draws attention to the role played by the Islamic foundations and the spiritual dimension of water.

There is a permanent exhibition as well as temporary ones and plans are underway for an outdoor exhibition to supplement the museum.

Museum of Civilization and Water Marrakech

https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2017/01/205462/prince-moulay-hassan-inaugurates-museum-water-civilization/

Recently opened gardens featuring both art and gardens

Musée de la Palmeraie
Anima Garden
Le Jardin des Arts

Musee de la Palmeraie Marrakech sign

Musée de la Palmeraie

Several kilometers away in the Palmeraie (Palm grove) that is along the road to Fez, you find the Musée de la Palmeraie, opened in 2011, that features a photographic exhibition, modern paintings and sculptures by Moroccan artists. It is housed in a beautiful building and grounds that has a mix of sculptures and gardens – a herb garden, a rose garden and an Andalusian garden – and a space for kiddies. Open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Musee de la Palmeraie Marrakech sculpture garden

Musee de la Palmeraie Marrakech art gallery

Douar Tounsi – Route de Fes – Marrakech Palmeraie
Tel : +212 661 085 352
Email :  contact@museepalmeraie.com

Anima Garden

Donkey man Anima Garden Marrakesh

Along the road to Ourika, 27 km from Marrakech, is the Anima Garden opened in April 2016. The garden is a labour of love by Austrian artist, André Heller. What was previously a rose garden but no longer viable is now a 2-hectare space filled with hundreds of varieties of trees and plants. Anima is in addition a cultural space featuring works of art by German painter Hans Werner Geerdts, as well as numerous colourful sculptures.

Noah s ark Marrakech Anima Garden

There is a shuttle service several times a day – from the parking area behind the Koutoubia mosque right in the centre of Marrakesh.

For a virtual tour of the gardens

Le Jardin des Arts, Gueliz

ardin des Arts sculpture Marrakesh

In the new town of Guéliz, a sculpture park featuring thirteen works by various Moroccan artists, Le Jardin des Arts is another new addition to the gardens of Marrakech.

 

Open to the public since November 2016, it is situated close to the Bardai roundabout on Avenue Mohammed V.

 

Marrakech modern sculpture Jardin des Arts
Sculpture Jardin des Arts in Marrakesh

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://visitmarrakech.ma/ouverture-jardin-arts-de-marrakech.html

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

The Secret Garden in Marrakesh

The Secret Garden in MarrakechOpposite the popular Café Arabe, in Marrakesh,  you will find yourself in paradise – a welcome rest especially after a day traipsing the dusty, narrow streets of the souks and being hustled by overzealous stallholders.

Le Jardin Secret was just that: a mysterious place that existed behind a 30ft-high wall deep in the medina of Marrakech.

This historic riad garden has been recreated and is now open to the public.

We would add it to our list of top ten things to see in Marrakech.

10 great reasons to visit The Secret Garden in Marrakech

  1. It is an historic site that features lovely gardens and a Palace.
  2. There is only one tower at The Secret Garden: its height exceeds certain minarets of the city! It offers stunning views over the rooftops of the medina and the Atlas Mountains. A great place to view Marrakech and its surroundings.
  3. There are several gardens including the new historic site “The Secret Garden”: the first garden is called “exotic” and collects plants from around the world and the second “Islamic”, symbolizes a representation of the Muslim paradise on earth.
  4. The Secret Garden features plants from the 5 continents
  5. The “Islamic” garden is divided into four beds separated by beautiful fountains
  6. There is a lovely terrace café where you can eat and stay for hours and hours
  7. There is a fabulous shop to buy interesting souvenirs of your visit.
  8. You will want to visit and revisit this natural setting within the Marrakech medina.
  9. Lovely place to take photographs
  10. It is not expensive

A bit of background from over the centuries:

16th century: Sultan Moulay Abdallah began the urbanization of the Mouassine district and erected a splendid palace on the ground of the current Secret Garden

19th century: After the destruction of the palace during the decline of the Saadian dynasty, the Qaid al-Hajj ‘Abd-Allah-U Bihi begins the reconstruction of the Palace following the plans and designs of the Saadian era. Lush gardens are planted near the new palace. Qaid is poisoned for political reasons by the Sultan Muhammad IV who hated him: the property returns to the hands of the qadi (judge) Moulay Mustapha.

1912: The judge exchanges his palace for the house of al-Hajj Muhammad Loukrissi, a resident in Fes head of the corporation of watchmakers of Marrakech. He lived there until 1934, the year of his death.

From 1934 to 2000: The land was no longer maintained and was gradually falling apart.

2008: The idea of restoring the garden and palace gains ground with a passionate team of history buffs interested in Marrakech.

2016: The Secret Garden is opened for the pleasure of travelers to Marrakech.

2017: There is already talk of night visits being organized … stay tuned.

The shop and café are open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Admission to the garden is 50 dirhams per person – 25 dirhams for Moroccan residents (ID required) – children enter for free.

Admission prices for a guided tour of the palace is 30 dirhams per person – children below 12 years of age 20 dirhams

The Secret Garden Marrakech

Mouassine street

Medina – Marrakech

Tel: +212 (0) 5 24 39 00 40

www.lejardinsecretmarrakech.com

 

How to stay cool in Marrakech

If you’re currently in Marrakech or planning to go, check out this article from The Hotel Guru on keeping cool in Marrakech – where it’s currently hot, hot

Manzil La Tortue MarrakechCheck out their article on this link http://bit.ly/2alpZvs

For further ideas, see our own posts http://bit.ly/2aRBVKI

Jnane Tamsna Swimming Marrakech Palmeraie

 

Crowdsourcing for Boucharouite museum in Marrakech

Musee de Boucharouite Marrakech rag rugsWe have written previously about these wonderful rag rugs crafted by local Moroccan women – some of them are amazingly beautiful and artistic. http://bit.ly/1KqbM0N

Frenchman, Patrick de Maillard, has started a crowdsourcing site to raise funds for a cafe in the museum Café Boucharouite de Marrakech set up on the roof terrace of the museum. https://fr.ulule.com/musee-boucharouite/

The café is a good spot to find peace and calm, away from the crowds in the medina.

The museum is dedicated to all forms of popular art with a strong emphasis on these carpets made from scraps of fabrics and transformed into the pure joy of creativity, woven or embroidered by Moroccan women, many of them Berber women. These women are uneducated artists and practice their art from recycled old clothes weaving into them their emotions.

Even if they weave by intuition, they are nevertheless present, woven into the strands of their looms amongst innumerable coloured knots – it is not always a conscious effort, this expression of their sensory perceptions of space and their interior lives.

The results are enchanting, colourful and artistic.

Colourful Boucharouite rug Marrakech

 

Azbezt, 107 Derb al Cadi, Marrakesh, Morocco

If arriving by taxi, ask for Ben Saleh

+212 5243-83887

https://fr.ulule.com/musee-boucharouite/

 

 

 

New must-place to see in Marrakech

Anima Garden in Marrakech

This garden will no doubt be on the list of things to see in Marrakech – it is beautiful and original with works of art dotted about the site.

Anima Garden in Marrakech

It is envisaged as a place of relaxation and retreat where you can heal your soul and escape from the everyday worries of modern living.

To ensure that visitors enjoy what it has to offer to the fullest, visitors are restricted to 500 people per hour. You are encouraged to reserve a ticket online at http://www.anima-garden.com

Created by the global artist Andre Heller, a well-known and influential multi-media artist, the park has numerous unusual pieces of art spread over 3 hectares.

Andre Heller Anima Garden Marrakech

It is 27 km from Marrakech in the Ourika Valley with a fabulous view towards the often snow-bedecked Atlas Mountains.

A shuttle service is offered. Opening hours are May 1st to Sept 30 from

9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and in winter October 1st to April 30th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

If you wish to reserve by phone the number is +43 1 523 0787 (in German, English and French) and within Morocco (in French) +212 (0) 5 24 00 00 00

Mouassine Museum – new museum in Marrakech

Musee de Mouassine Marrakech

Marrakech has another new, interesting museum – the Mouassine Museum – set in a magnificent 17th-18th century building. Until April 2016 the museum has as its inaugural exhibition “The Festival season” –marriages, the harvest, the fantasias. Featuring exceptional items from the collection of Rabii Alouani Bibi and using music, documents, photographs, you get a sense of the context in which these treasures were created.

 

http://www.douiria.com/

www.museedemouassine.com

Derb El Hammam, Rue Mouassine, Marrakesh, Morocco

From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily except Fridays

Close to Mouassine Fountain

Tel 05 24 37 77 92

http://www.timeout.com/city-guides/things-to-do-in-marrakech-museums-and-art-galleries/ 

 

Valentine’s Day Special Offer

love ValentinesMarrakech is again Tripadvisor’s Travelers’ Choice award – we are offering a fabulous Valentine’s Day package with discounts on suite, meal and hammam/massage.

Valid for stays between Feb 10th and 18th incl. – 3-nt pkg. discounts off room prices, meal and spa treatments. Package includes 3 nights’ stay in one of our relaxing suites, a 3-course meal for two for the evening of your arrival, a hammam each and a one-hour massage each. Perfect for enjoyment and relaxation.
Surprise your loved one with this fabulous break for Valentine’s Day.love Valentines

Thank you to all our wonderful guests

Sitting area Riad Sapphire and Spa boutique hotel in MarrakechThanks to you, our guests, Riad Sapphire and Spa, boutique riad hotel in Marrakech, has just been awarded a Booking.com Guest Review Award with a review score of 9.5.

Book our Winter Sun 2016 special and get some sunshine.

We look forward to welcoming you to our hotel in the old city of Marrakech and treating you to our personal service.