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.
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
Private workshops for Moroccan crafts –
Atelier d’ailleurs in Marrakech
Atelier d’ailleurs in Marrakech is an organization that offers many courses on Moroccan handcrafts. You can learn or practice your skills in embroidery, pottery, metal working, tadelakt, woodturning, Moroccan cooking…. You name it, they probably have a course on it. Small, private groups ensure you have lots of hands-on guidance and practice.
For a truly authentic experience of Marrakech combine these private workshops with a stay in our riad in the heart of Marrakech medina.
You can book direct from our website www.riadsapphire.com and we can help organize your workshops.
In the Ensemble Artisanat near the main square.
tel 212 (0)6 72 81 20 46
Marrakech is city vibrant with creativity and artistry. Many artists have made their way here and have contributed much to the creative spirit of Marrakech.
One such is US artist Lori Park whose work is now showing at a Sotheby’s sculpture exhibition “Beyond Limits” set in
Chatsworth House. Her spectacular sculpture Silk Weaver is a huge bronze work showing a larger than life female form with wire torso that is beautiful and elegant even in that spare medium. You can sense the femininity from the angled posture of the bronze mesh torso. The allure of the female form is enhanced with a gorgeous blue ball gown that cascades to the ground. The brilliant blue is a gorgeous flash of colour in the green surroundings of the park. In spite of its huge size and the weight of the material, the sculpture gives a feeling of lightness and romance.
Photo montage – Southern Morocco
Travel writing and photographic projects both flourish in artistic Morocco but what is really interesting is how new social media forms – combined with cheaper high-quality camera lenses – are helping to facilitate a whole new generation of creative reporters.
This week, we stumbled upon a wonderful photo montage, or presentation, of one man’s car journey through Morocco.
Dave Fields, from Portland, Oregon, starts in Marrakech and while his words are minimal – in classic photo journalism style – his amazingly good photographs speak volumes.
Dave says of his adventure:
“Although our stint in Marrakech was short-lived, it does not take long to be absorbed into the fervid pace of the old Medina. Winding through the intricacies of the frenzied souks, losing all sense of direction seems nearly effortless as you follow the barrage of unfamiliar sights, sounds and smells. Marrakech is a true bombardment of the senses.”
He then travels to the High Atlas and winds westwards, then down to the southern coast and Essaouira.
Take a look at his story here and enjoy the wonderfully evocative photos: https://davefields.exposure.co/southern-morocco
There might be blue skies in Morocco, but winter drags on in much of northern Europe and America. A great way to feel the warmth of Morocco is to tune in to the exotic sounds of Ness Radio.
Founded in 2008 in Marrakech by Younes Duret and Wattfutchureez, Ness Radio is the first collaborative Internet radio broadcast from Morocco. Broadcasting an eclectic range of music styles from house and electro to jazz, soul and hip-hop, the ethos of Ness Radio is to provide an exchange and sharing platform that transcends borders.
The radio station has recently released its first compilation: Kafilah 2.0. Kafilah 2.0 is a collaborative project that brings together 16 artists from different backgrounds around the theme of ‘Maghreb, East and West.’ The curious name has been inspired by the ancient adventurer Ibn Battuta who roamed the shores of the Mediterranean, Africa and Asia mainly through the Kafilah (caravan). The ‘2.0’ relates to the digital age.
The first 3 songs of the compilation have just become available as a free download. Expect to hear Gnawa rhythms and sax solos from Hamada El Mansour and work from French producer Woodini.
Listen to the radio station here and the first three tracks of Kafilah 2.0: http://nessradio.com/
The museum of the Art of Living is a must-visit in the Medina. Located close to Bab Taghazout, this picturesque museum was once the home of the 19th century Marrakchi poet, Ben Omar.
Lovingly restored in 2006 by Abderrazzak Benchaabane – who spent four-years renovating the property – the museum reopened its doors in 2010.
Today, tourists pour into the museum, which is spacious and cool and is spread over a generous 500m2, across six rooms. This is a great place to learn about Moroccan culture in the comfort of air-con. Inside there are displays of textiles, rugs, paintings all giving a broad overview of the traditional Berber lifestyle. One room is a dedicated reading room – which provides ample respite from the heat and crowds.
The other key place to relax is the Arab-Andalusian style garden and terrace on the rooftop, which offers outstanding views.
Eagle-eyed visitors may notice some similarities with the design of the Majorelle Gardens which was also restored by Abderrazzak Benchaabane, at the request of Yves Saint Laurent. Overall, this is a chic, well-conceived place to spend an afternoon. Recommended.
While the world’s media focuses on the opening of the new Marrakech Museum for Photography and Visual Arts (MMPVA) other, equally as exciting, developments continue apace in the city.
Quietly but confidently the Fondation Alliances have been working hard to bring an enormous outdoor exhibition, the first of its kind in Africa, to Morocco.
Newly opened, the Al Maaden Sculpture Park is located at the well-known Al Maaden Golf Resort. The space has been created by both Moroccan and international artists, with collectors Alami and Farida Lazraq spearheading the project.
Initially, 25 Moroccan and international artists were invited to propose sculptures, with 12 striking sculpture works picked after the selection process.
These works, by French, Moroccan, Algerian, Chinese and Egyptian artists, are currently on view. The sculptures have been carefully chosen by a committee on account of their artistic merits and their fit with the locale. Antonio Segui’s giant 8-metre high sculpture Golfista Anecdotique (Anecdotal Golfer) fits with its setting perfectly, as does Yazid Oulab’s Montagne (Mountain).
If you are in Marrakech between the 8th to the 12th of January, head along to the Théâtre Royal to see Lucinda Arundell’s wonderful art exhibition.
The show is called Ben Salah Medina and the artist – who trained under Robert Lenkiewicz for several years – will be at the exhibition most days to talk about her work.
The artist lives and paints in Marrakech and is well-established having won the Lloyds Art Group prize in 2008 and having exhibited at the Mall Galleries in London and various other British galleries.
She is most noted for her series ‘Floating Girls’ which contains recurrent themes which run throughout her work. Floating, sleeping, freedom and children all feature regularly.
More recently, Arundell’s work has focused on trying to capture the life of the people in the Ben Salah quarter in Marrakech’s Medina –which is what this show is all about.
The exhibition is in aid of the Ben Salah Association for Social Development and admission is free.
Find out more, here: http://www.lucinda-arundell.com/