Thursday, May 05, 2016

Fes Festival - Opens Tomorrow - Friday May 6th


The Fes Festival is gearing up for the opening on Friday, May 6th. Last minute technical, lighting and sound installations in each venue are going to plan and extra precautions being taken in case of the forecast rain

The latest weather update suggests that there will be possible thunder storms on Friday, with a 60% chance of intermittent rain showers in the evening, winds at 10 to 15 kilometres per hour from the WSW and a low of 12 degrees Celsius (54 Fahrenheit).  It is certainly going to be a night to dress against the cold.

The View From Fez Team 2016 - photo Rachida El Jokh

This year's Fes Festival Team for The View From Fez have arrived in Fez from the UK. Left to right in the photo; Lynn Sheppard (and baby Rayyan) Sandy McCutcheon, Faith Barker, Suzanna Clarke and Zaki and Hedd Thomas.

The View From Fez will cover all the major festival events with reviews and photographs each day of the festival.

Sheikha Mozah and husband Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa

LATEST NEWS: The opening night spectacular will, as usual be attended by Princes Lalla Salma, and according to sources in the festival, she will be accompanied by her friend Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser Al Missned from Qatar.

The View From Fez will keep you up to date with Fes Festival events online, on Twitter and Facebook.

The View From Fez is a Fes Festival official Media Partner

See our Fes Festival previews:
Opening Night Preview
Homage to India Preview
Divas of the World Preview
Nights in the Medina 1 Preview
Nights in the Medina 2 Preview
Nights in the Medina 3 Preview
Istanbul to Fez Preview
Tribute to Oum Keltoum Preview
Samira Saïd Preview
Forum Sessions Preview
Sufi Nights & Boujloud Concerts

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Fes Festival - Urgent Programme Change!


The recent programme change affecting the Oum Kelthoum Tribute - moving it to Sunday 15th and extending the festival by one day - has been reversed and the concert will now take place on the original date, May 13th

Oum Kelthoum - in! 

The original shifting to the Sunday date appeared to have been to make way for Emirati pop star Ahlam. Ahlam will now not appear at all. This is somewhat of a blow for the organisers. As one festival insider revealed, the Ahlam concert was one of the few that had sold a lot of tickets.

The cancellation of the Ahlam concert may, however, be a blessing in disguise as the pop singer has a reputation for a distinct lack of diplomacy. The 47 year-old recently enraged the people of Lebanon when she derided them on social media, labelling the Lebanese as "falafel-sellers" and "beggars", prompting a Twitter hashtag calling for her to be banned from entering the country. The week before, her reality TV show, The Queen, was axed by Dubai TV after the first of a planned 22 episodes went to air. Dubai TV said its action was in response to overwhelming numbers of viewer complaints.

Ahlam - out

Another programme change is at the free Boujloud concert on Sunday May 7. The original programme was listed as The Fes Regional Choir with Abdellah Yacoubi: Aissawa Chant. Abdellah Yacoubi has been replaced with the great Melhoun singer, Mohammed Soussi.

Mohammed Soussi

The View From Fez will keep you up to date with Fes Festival events online, on Twitter and Facebook.

The View From Fez is a Fes Festival official Media Partner

See our Fes Festival previews:
Opening Night Preview
Homage to India Preview
Divas of the World Preview
Nights in the Medina 1 Preview
Nights in the Medina 2 Preview
Nights in the Medina 3 Preview
Istanbul to Fez Preview
Tribute to Oum Keltoum Preview
Samira Saïd Preview
Forum Sessions Preview
Sufi Nights & Boujloud Concerts

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Wednesday, May 04, 2016

A Free Gnawa Music Concert in Fez

The ALC/ALIF Music Club Presents a pre-festival concert of Gnawa music


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The Igrar Festival 2016

The Igrar Festival will take place in Ouarzazate from May the 6th to the 8th
This Festival is organised by a group of young people who decided to contribute to the evolution of the region.  The festival is open to working with many local and national NGOs, all of whom have contributed their activities voluntarily.

The Igrar NGO for Development and Art, in partnership and coordination with various organisations, institutions and other NGOs, has organised the Festival IGRAR for Development and Art of Ouarzazate under the motto “All together for development”.


The previous two editions of the festival have left a positive impact in the region by its interest in development using art and has attracted a large number of visitors.

The IGRAR Festival celebrates and commemorates several personalities from various sectors in recognition of their contributions to the region and Morocco.  The three nights of the festival take place at the Kasbah of Taourirt.

The environment awareness activities associated with the festival start three months before the festival. The festival volunteers collect used plastic water bottles, distribute them to local school students to design art works, within the framework of the competition “Schools and Environment”

As in previous editions there will be a number of training workshops in the fields of photography, showmanship, traditional cuisine, music, pottery and reading.

During the festival a stage is always available for young talent from the region

There will be a "solidarity walk" around the main streets of the city highlighting environmental awareness. During the three days of the festival, visual artists will illustrate the "solidarity wall" that will be signed by people of all ages and the festival participants.

IGRAR Festival is unique, characterised by its diversity. Culture, art, development, history, heritage, solidarity, awareness, education, exchange, sharing, training, creativity, talent, taste, feeling, exhibition, workshops, parties, competitions, meetings and much more
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Fes Festival Fringe: Lalla Fes - A Story in Music


LALLA FES -  by Kay d'Astorg - A Story to Music, narrated by Patty Hannock, with oud music from Hamza El Fasiki


During just one hour, Patty Hannock, an Anglo-American actor based in Paris, will relate the life of “Lalla Fes” and her children from the 8th century until the present time.

Written by Kay d’Astorg - an English writer living in Paris and Fes - the text is accompanied by the talented oud player, Hamza El Fasiki.

As the story unfolds we discover the different dynasties who ruled the Kingdom of Morocco, from the 8th to the 21st century, and their political, social and spiritual impact on “Lalla Fes”.

A wonderful and magical introduction to the Medina, its history and its architecture.

ALIF RIAD - SATURDAY/SAMEDI  - 7 MAY AT 18 30
RIAD FES - WEDNEDAY/MERCREDI - 11 MAY AT 18 30
PALAIS FARAJ - SUNDAY/DIMANCHE  - 15 MAY AT 17 50
This event is free to the public and lasts for 50 minutes.

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Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Gunpowder Girls Photography Exhibition - ALIF in Fez

Gunpowder Girls - G w y n e t h   T a l l y 
Photography Exhibition

Opening: Friday, May 6, 6 PM at the ALIF Riad
Continues daily 4-6 PM through May 17
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