FES FESTIVAL OF WORLD SACRED MUSIC 2017

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The Fes Festival of World Sacred Music 2017

The dates for this year’s festival are 12-20 May 2017 and the theme is Water and the Sacred. Take a look at the programme here.  You can arrange accommodation and buy tickets through our sister site, Fez Riads.

Concierge Morocco and Fez Riads are Festival partners and registered ticket vendors. 

Festival 2017 poster

Practicalities:

For accommodation, see our sister site, Fez Riads. We have accommodation in beautiful traditional guesthouses in the medina at all price levels.

Types of tickets:

You can book your tickets through Fez Riads website. You can book for individual concerts, take a pass just for the concerts, or a pass to the concerts and the Forum. Tickets will be delivered free of charge to your guesthouse.

Free events:

There are free concerts in Boujloud Square each evening, and Sufi Brotherhoods perform at Dar Tazi each evening from 23h00.

 

Nights in the Medina:

Three evenings are given over to the Nights in the Medina, where several concerts are held on each evening in various venues: Dar Adiyel, Sidi Mohamed Ben Youssef Cultural Centre and the Prefecture Hall in Batha. These are intimate spaces, usually beautiful riads. There are carpets to sit on and the artists can perform unplugged. You need to plan carefully which concerts you want to attend (you can’t do all of them). Venues are signposted and there are lots of people around to show the way for a couple of Dirhams.


Seating:

There are two categories of seats for the evening concerts at Bab al Makina, A and B. All seats are unreserved, but the B seats are further back. It’s a huge auditorium (actually a parade ground in front of the Royal Palace) and the seating is raked, but the B seats are not at good as the A seats, as is reflected in the pricing. If you buy a pass, you automatically have A seats. There are large screens mounted both sides of the stage.

There is just one category of seating for the afternoon concerts at the Jnan Sbil Garden.  Seating is not raked here.

Fes Forum: Giving Soul to Globalisation

The forum takes place on the first five mornings of the Festival at the Jnan Sbil Garden.

You’ll find lots more information on the Fez Riads site here.

 

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