Imports from Marrakesh – online

Marrakech goods available online

Berber bags from souks in Marrakech

 

 

 

 

 

Kelim poufs souks in Marrakesh

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We’ve written previously about shopping for Marrakech goods online – usually from Europe. If you are in N. America, our latest find is Imports from Marrakech based in the Chelsea Market in NYC. As well as an online business, they also have a brick and mortar building with a dazzling selection of treasures from Mohamed’s favorite artisans in Marrakesh–babouches, berber bags, belts, hookahs, magic carpets, wedding blankets, Berber pillows, leather poufs, lanterns, tiles, silver tables, tea-pots, brass trays, jewel-tone tea-glasses and more.

Kelim pillows souks in Marrakech

http://www.importsfrommarrakesh.com

phone 212-675-9700 | email info@importsfrommarrakesh.com

LOCATION
Imports from Marrakesh in the Chelsea Market
88 Tenth Avenue
New York, New York 10011

SOUK HOURS
Monday -Saturday 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Sunday 11:00-7:00 pm

 

 

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/

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/

 

 

 

Upcoming events April May 2016 in Marrakech

If you’re planning to be in Marrakech in April or May you may want to take in these two events:

AirShow

Air show Marrakech

Aeronautical exhibition – you may not be in the market to buy a plane, but you can watch the airshow

April 27 to 30, 2016 (open to the public on the last day)

http://www.imas-aero.com/

 

Marrakech Grand prix

Marrakech grand prix racing

Grand prix car racing May 6 to 8, 2016

3 days of racing and entertainment – if you like noise and excitement, this should fit the bill

http://www.marrakechgrandprix.com/

New sports activity in Marrakesh – cable park

Cable park? What is it? In Marrakech? Where is there a lake?

Wake boarding in Marrakech

 

All questions that arose in my mind when I learned about the new Cable Park in Marrakech.

A cable park is a place that provides facilities for all kinds of water sports, including wake boarding, knee boarding, wake stating, bi-skiing, tricks and slalom. So not just your plain old water skiing.

Waky Marrakech is south of Marrakech on “Les Jardins de l’Atlas” resort site and they created an artificial lake to make it possible. Amazing in such an arid area of the world.

A project of Palmeraie Development, the lake was specially designed for water skiing and wake boarding by Francis Koot.

They plan to offer night wake boarding sessions – just the thing for the magical nights of Marrakech.

Wake boarding is a combination of water skiing, snowboarding and surfing.

Kneeboarding is great for those learning the sport as you are kneeling on the board – not so far to fall into the water!

Wake skating  is similar to wakeboarding without the bindings- a bit like skateboarding.

Bi Skiing refers to traditional skiing. Considered the best way to develop good balance, it is good for beginners to build up good technical foundations for water skiing and from there to master other disciplines such as wakeboarding.

Tricks Trick skiing is one of the 3 disciplines in classic skiing, along with Slalom and Jumping.

Slalom is one of the 3 disciplines in classic skiing, along with Tricks and Jumping.

Prices range from 300 dirhams to 800 dirhams. There is a special offer until May 30th, 2016,

One hour 200dh (including equipment) (down from 300 dh)

Two hours 300 dh (from 400 dh)

Valid every day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

 

Waky Marrakech

Les Jardins de l’Atlas – Route de l’Ourika, km 13

Marrakech, Maroc

+212 (0) 525 07 51 20 info@wakymarrakech.com

 

http://wakymarrakech.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/

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

One of the best things to do in Marrakech

Caleche ride in Marrakech

One of our recommended things to do in Marrakech

As from last month, we at Riad Sapphire and Spa are offering our guests a unique way to visit the Red city. The ‘calèche’ is an age-old form of transport and is a fabulous way to see Marrakesh from the comfort of your own horse and carriage. It’s a good idea to go late afternoon just before the sun goes down and you’re tired from walking but would still like to see more.

We offer a scenic tour (approx. 75 minutes) which includes the Winter Garden district (Hivernage), La Mamounia, the Royal Palace, the Mellah (Jewish quarter), King’s Palace, the old Pasha of Marrakech’s residence, Koutoubia mosque and finishing by the main square, Place Jemaa El Fna’. Prices are £15 per person (minimum 2 people). We can’t guarantee the drivers speak English, so a guide would need to be booked if you wish commentary in English.

In addition, we can also book a romantic calèche ride to your pre-booked restaurant for the evening. Prices are £10 per person (minimum 2 people) per trip. Please note, no carriages can be booked after midnight as the horses have to go to bed!!

A UK charity – Spana regularly checks the condition of the calèche horses in Marrakech, so one can rest assured they are well looked after…