Fes Festival of World Sacred Music 2019

Fes, at the confluence of cultures

The dates for this year’s festival are 14-22 June 2019.  You can find out about the Festival and arrange accommodation through our sister site, Fez Riads.

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:

Tickets can be bought for individual concerts or you can buy a pass that includes the concerts (A seats for those at Bab al Makina), the Forum and any other events such as art exhibitions.

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, the Ibn Danan Synagogue Museum in the Mellah (former Jewish Quarter), and Jnan Sbil Garden. Apart from the garden, these are intimate spaces with carpets to sit on. 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 is a large screen mounted on one side 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 two mornings of the Festival at the Prefecture Hall in Batha.

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

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