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.
Maison de la Photographie in Marrakech
is launching a new exhibition
LE MAROC DE JEAN PIERRE EVRARD
from October 7th to 23rd 2015. Black and white photos of buildings in Marrakech. Jean Pierre has been a friend of the Maison de la Photographie since its opening and he decided to donate the photographs in this new exhibition, a selection of beautiful prints taken since 1995.
The Marrakech Museum for Photography and Visual Arts (the MMPVA) currently has its home in the the El Badia Palace, in the southern portion of the medina of Marrakech. The palace is in fact a ruin that originally housed Ahmad al-Mansur, the sultan of the Saadi dynasty, so it’s good that some part of it will be put to artistic use.
The current exhibition is entitled “Traces of the Future” – a somewhat contradictory title. The artworks combine social observations with an involvement in issues that constitute the major challenges of tomorrow’s society. It has been hailed as “a celebration of the Moroccan contemporary art with visionary overtones”.
Traces of the Future brings together seven artists: Leila Alaoui, Younes Baba-Ali, Amina Benbouchta, Mounir Fatmi Ahmed Hajoubi, Jamila Lamrani Abdelaziz Zerrou. The exhibition runs until September 30th, 2015
In 2016 The Marrakech Museum for Photography and Visual Arts (MMPVA) is scheduled to open in its new home: an impressive free-standing space designed by Sir David Chipperfield.
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
+212 524 45 96 00
61 Rue de Yougoslavie, N° 43 Passage Ghandouri, Marrakesh, Morocco
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.
Cafés 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
05 24 37 83 67
This week we bring news of a unique restoration project, just completed. If you wander along the rue de l’ Hammam and through the archway between the Mouassine Mosque and the Mouassine Fountain you will find yourself in the proximity of the newly opened Douiria Apartment.
The ‘Douiria Apartment’ may sound like a modern housing development, but it is a much more exciting concept than that. It is in fact a restoration project which has preserved a ‘Douiria’ (reception apartment) that was built during the reign of Sultan Moulay Ismail (1646 – 1727) in the 17th century.
Patrick Man’ach – who opened La Maison de la Photographie and the Berber Eco museum in Ourika – is the brains behind the project. Having seen the space, he suspected that its white-washed walls might conceal an older, more fascinating décor. He brought in a team of experts, including Xavier Salmon – of the Louvre museum in Paris – and together they worked to remove the plaster.
What was discovered behind these plain walls must be seen to be believed. Underneath lay floral patterns, wooden beams and a sun motif – all perfectly preserved.
Next, a team of 10 skilled Moroccan craftsmen were brought in – expert Moroccan potters from Ourika – who carefully restored the original colours and wooden beams. All the phases of the complex restoration were photographed and are also on display.
Now open, The Douiria provides not only a unique place for hosting VIP gatherings and high-end exhibitions but also a rare insight into the Arab art of courtly entertainment during the reign of Sultan Moulay Ismail.
The website www.douiria.org promises to be up and running shortly.
Polo is a sport famously played by kings and noblemen. Dating back to a time when royal guards and elite troops practised it as a form of cavalry training, it is still popular with wealthy Moroccans today.
Marrakech is home to North Africa’s first polo resort, Jnan Amar Marrakech (www.jnanamar.com). There, in the southern corner of this large retreat, is a smartly designed equestrian complex. The stable can hold up to 104 horses, and there is a Riding Academy where you can learn to play polo with professional trainers in the outdoor practice field.
On the 19th of April this year there will be a high-profile event at Jnan Amar Marrakech in aid of the Eve Branson Foundation – a Moroccan charity serving disadvantaged communities in the High Atlas. Several VIPs will be in attendance.
You can apply for an invitation here: http://evebransonfoundation.org.uk/assets/2014_Morocco_Save_The_Date_V8-1.jpg
Founder of Cinema Maroc Houda Lakhdar is an expert blogger and a graduate of the Higher School of Visual Arts, Marrakech. Well known on the indie film circuit, Lakhdar’s short film “Zahra” – produced in 2012 – made its debut at the Spring Festival of Arab Cinema in Paris as well as at the Festival of Mediterranean Short Films, Tangier. So, given all this, Lakhdar is well placed to run a successful blog on the Moroccan film industry.
The website Lakhdar runs, Cinema Maroc, covers most aspects of Moroccan film and is a must-visit for movie-buffs. There is a News section which informs visitors to the site about what is happening right now – usually interviews and events – and a Ranking section which reviews films, normally independent ones. The Archives section is crammed full of factoids about actors, little-known films and interviews with local film stars.
The website is regularly updated here www.cinema-maroc.com and you can follow on Twitter too @CinemaMaroc