Friday, February 05, 2016

Dance Moves in Fez on Sunday

A dance performance this Sunday in Fez is based on the question, "What is the Oldest Thing in the World?" Brazilian choreographer Natalia Fernandes has invited artists from various parts of the world to answer it, and the Fez audience will be able to share two different answers. 
Natalia Fernandes will be performing, along with Ruby Smith and Evelyn Reilly at the ALIF Riad in Fez. Beforehand, from 3 PM, a workshop will also be held there.

When: Sunday, February 7. Workshop at 3 PM, Performance at 5 PM
Where: ALIF Riad, 6 Derb Drissi, Batha, Fez Medina

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Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Tangier is Having a Makeover

Local artisans in Tangier have embarked on an ambitious series of projects to clean up and beautify their neighbourhoods

According to a report carried by Morocco World News, the initiative began this year with several neighbourhoods in Tangier competing to create the most impressive decoration of their streets.

The time-sequence video (above) shows local Moroccans designing, cleaning, building, decorating, and beautifying their street. The engineers, architects, wrought-iron workers, designers, painters, artists, handy-men and residents worked day and night to turn their street into a dream-like, colourful, and spotless destination.

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New Flights - Casablanca to Kigali

Morocco's national carrier, Royal Air Maroc, the Morocco national carrier is to launch a new service in March, with direct flights between Morocco and Rwanda.  According to reports the flights will be between Casablanca and Kigali

The Rwandan government has been working to transform Kigali International Airport (KIA) into a regional aviation hub and to date has attracted a number of airlines including, among others, Kenya Airlines, Qatar, Fly Dubai, Turkish Airlines, Ethiopia Airlines and KLM.

According to the Rwanda Civil Aviation Authority (RCAA), KIA received about 580,505 passengers in the first 11 months of 2015, an increase of 6 per cent compared to 568,981 passengers who went through the airport during the same period in 2014.

The airport targets over one million arrivals in the medium to long-term, especially as the country increases initiatives to attract more tourists.

KIA was upgraded and expanded under a $17.8 million rehabilitation and expansion project that was concluded last year.

KIA has been ranked among the best airports in the region, while Canadian aviation website ranked it the fifth-best airport in Africa this year. Another survey by UK-based consultancy firm, Skytrax, ranked it seventh in Africa and the best airport in East Africa in 2014.

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Friday, January 29, 2016

Restoration of Caravanserai in Fez

The architectural firm Kilofounded by Tarik Oualalou and Linna Choi, has been working on the restoration of four Caravansérai in the Medina of Fès. The project was recently highlighted on the architectural website with some superb photographs by Lilia Sellami

The Medina of Fez constitutes an outstanding example of a medieval town created during the very first centuries of Islamisation of Morocco and presenting an original type of human settlement and traditional occupation of the land representative of Moroccan urban culture over a long historical period. The Medina of Fez bears a living witness to a flourishing city of the eastern Mediterranean having exercised considerable influence on the development of architecture, monumental arts and town-planning, notably in North Africa, Andalusia and in Sub-Saharan Africa. Fez J'did (New Fez), was inspired from the earlier town planning model of Marrakesh.

The project

The rehabilitation of the four Caravansérai (fonduq in Arabic) of the Fez Medina is a multidisciplinary endeavour that is equal parts urban design, restoration, and landscape. Focusing specifically on the city’s copper work industry, the project tackles the morphology, the physical displacement, and the environmental impact associated with this artisanal activity. Through the rehabilitation of structures dating from the 14th - 17th century as well as the construction of a new building, the project aims to restructure the contemporary practice of copper work in Fez. At the same time, architects Tarik Oualalou and Linna Choi piloted the restructuring of the Place Lalla Ydouna, the principal entry to the Fez Medina. This 25.000m² plaza housing artisanal and industrial functions will soon welcome cultural and touristic activities.

The Architects

KILO is an architecture firm based in Paris and Casablanca.

Tarik Oualalou and Linna Choi

Questioning the limited scope of the architect’s traditional role, KILO has developed its practice upon the theory that architectural strategies should be integrated into a project long ‘before’ and ‘after’ the conventional intervention of architects. Working closely with clients during site determination, programming, and the economic development of the project, the office engages in the definition of the architectural project from its very inception. KILO believes that playing an integral role in the ‘non-architectural’ aspects of a project results in a stronger design solution.

KILO has worked on a vast range of programs and scales encompassing museums, luxury hotels and resorts, social housing, sports complexes, and master plans for both existing and new cities. The office has won numerous awards, including the 2012 Young Arab Architects competition, WA Awards, and the EMAP Award for emerging architecture. KILO was recently named a finalist for the 2014 AFEX award for an outstanding project undertaken by a French architect outside France. KILO’s work has been published internationally and exhibited in both Paris and Casablanca.

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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Photo Walk in the Fez Medina

If you have a camera and would like to discover the many layers of the Fez Medina, then this Sunday (January 31) join the photo walk starting from the Batha Fountain  at 10:30 AM

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Violeta Caldres - Exhibition - And New Enterprise

"Life is a constant game of love and passions that come and go, that leave their mark and that slowly shape our personality."- Violeta Caldrés

Fez artist Violeta Caldrés has an exhibition at the Craft Draft Gallery. It opened a few days ago, continues for the next 10 days and is certainly worth a visit.

The art work on display is "delicate and yet rich with feelings of both the calamities and marvels of women in modern society".

It speaks  of flesh and blood, of the hardness of life and the contradictions and passions of women

The exhibition is free and open to the general public at the Craft Draft Gallery, 17 Funduk Khrashfiyeen, Rcif, Fes Medina

For more information contact  Hamza El Fasiki 06 49 89 41 97

Would you like to travel back in time to the era of sultans and harems? You will dress up as an Arabian princess or a Berber prince and spend time in ancient riads, palaces or gardens of Fes. Experience the fairy tale of "One Thousand and One Nights" and take home memories from the photo session that will stay with you for life.
Violeta and her good friend Agata have launched a new enterprise that should be a hit with visitors to Fez. Forget taking selfies, and take home a professional "Arabian photo portrait".

Combining beautiful traditional costumes, henna decoration and amazing locations, the experience will be more than simply a photographic souvenir.

Contact Details
Violeta: +212 673 227 942
Agata: +212 648 793 720

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