Happy 46th! Yes, it’s 46 candles for the National Festival of Traditional Arts & Crafts in Marrakech!
It’s funny, I’m going to have to accompany Henry Bouldingue again for 5 days, Helene is not going to be happy…
Well, let’s get to the heart of the matter: from 29 June to 3 July 2011, more than 300 dancers, singers, costume makers, and craftspeople of all kinds, from all over Morocco, will be performing an astonishing mix of traditional music, various crafts and Moroccan traditional culture, all on stages specially built for the festival in Marrakech.
For this year’s festival there are several innovative additions; notably the construction of a special village with stands, various workshops and exhibition space, two major stages (Bab Jdid) and nightly performances in the magnificent Palais el Badi.
The Festival will open on 29 June at 7pm with a large parade down Avenue Mohammed V.
The festival will be a fantastic occasion for everyone to get some fresh ideas and to put a bit of fun into the place in these somewhat disturbed times… but above all it’s a chance to discover more about this astonishingly rich culture!
Don’t get me wrong, far be it for me to tempt you away unfairly, but after the European summer music festivals, a breath of Oriental air in the streets and alleyways of the ‘Red City’ is a welcome change…right?
In any case, change of scene guaranteed!
And during the festival week, no worries for your accommodation in Marrakech, your insider will take care of everything…
Festival Foundation of Marrakech
Royal Theater, Avenue Mohamed 6, 40000 Marrakech, Morocco
Ticket information : 05 24 43 20 21
Website : http://www.marrakechfestival.com/
E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
Prices: 100dhs / Under 25s : 50dhs
Buy tickets from : Jamaa El Fna Square / ONCF Train Station/ Royal Theater/ El Badi Palace / Marjane Menara