Fes Festival of World Sacred Music 2022

The Fes Festival of World Sacred Music will be held from 9-12 June 2022, with the theme Architecture and the Sacred.

This is a shorter version than usual, due to recent events. The programme is now available in French on the festival’s site, and the English version will be published shortly. Contact us if you’d like the programme in English now.

FESTIVAL FACTS

Accommodation

Check our site here to see the type of accommodation you can expect in the Fez medina. We can advise on making sure you book close to Festival venues. Let us know your dates, bed requirements and budget, and we will send you some options. To include the Festival in a wider tour around Morocco, take a look at our ideas on this site.

Venues

  • This year, afternoon concerts and some evening concerts are held in the Jnan Sbil Gardens, Dar Adiyel or the Ibn Danan Synagogue.
  • Big evening concerts are held at Bab al Makina, the open-air parade ground in front of the Royal Palace. It’s off the western edge of this map, across Boujloud Square.

  • Free concerts are held each evening at Boujloud Square, close to Bab Boujloud. We don’t know yet if this will be a feature in 2022.
  • Sufi Nights at 23h00 are free of charge and could be held at Dar Tazi (blue no. 2) if the renovations are complete, or at the Prefecture Hall opposite the Batha Museum (blue no. 1). We don’t know yet if this will happen in 2022.
  • The Forum: This year the Forum will be held on Saturday 11 June at the Prefecture Hall in Batha, opposite the Batha Museum (blue 1).

Seating and Ticketing

  • Seats are not reserved. Get to the venue in plenty time if you want a good seat.
  • Seats are raked at Bab al Makina; elsewhere they are on the flat. There are no chairs at Dar Adiyel, but carpets on the floor for sitting on. The Ibn Danan Synagogue has pews.

Plan of Bab al Makina. The stage is on the left.

  • This year all tickets for Bab al Makina events are 35 Euros or Dh350.
  • There is a side screen at Bab al Makina, on one side of the stage.
  • A pass to all events during the full week, including the Fes Forum, is Dh1390 (130 Euros).

Tips

  • June is hot – expect temperatures in the 30s C (in the 90s F) or more. However, weather can be variable: it can rain. It’s best to bring layers, something waterproof, a sunhat and a fan.
  • Seats are fairly comfortable. In some venues, there are no chairs, but carpets on the floor to sit on. Bring a shooting stick if necessary but be sure to sit on the edge of the audience so you don’t block the view of people sitting on the ground.
  • Consider taking a trip or arranging an activity while you are in Fez, especially as days are free until 4pm. You’ll find some ideas here. We will be organising our well-loved annual day excursion to the UNESCO World Heritage Roman site of Volubilis and the pilgrimage town of Moulay Idriss Zerhoune. We also offer a tour of the Jewish quarter, the Mellah, led by expert Cathérine Bendayan and the ever-popular Artisanal Affairs tour. Contact us to book.
  • Reserve your accommodation in good time as guesthouses closest to festival venues fill up quickly. Getting to the venues is always on foot, except for the Ibn Danan Synagogue in the Mellah, for which you could take a taxi. It’s about 25 minutes’ walk from Batha.
  • Many restaurants serve dinner early and/or later so that you can attend evening concerts. Keep an eye on the What’s Hot! page on our Fez Riads closer to the festival.

FAQS

Where can I buy tickets?

You can now buy them online through the festival website, though it’s only in French so far. Once you’ve paid you get a receipt which you can exchange for tickets at the first concert you attend (ie do only have to make the exchange once). You can buy tickets at the door, too.

When should I start thinking about accommodation?

Straight away. Guesthouses convenient for festival venues are the first to sell out. As most guesthouses do not require a deposit in advance, you can book straight away. If you need to cancel, do so at least one month in advance to avoid cancellation fees. Check out our selection of guesthouses here (we have plenty of others, too). Let us know how many rooms and beds you require, give us your dates and an idea of your budget. We’ll then send you some options.

What else is there to do in Fez?

Every year, we host an excursion to the UNESCO World Heritage Roman site of Volubilis followed by a delicious lunch in the pretty pilgrimage town of Moulay Idriss Zerhoun.  Contact us for details at conciergemorocco@gmail.com.

We also have plenty of other activities from the ever-popular Artisanal Affairs tour, a tour of the Mellah, the old Jewish quarter, cooking classes, Architectural Insights into the wonders of the Fez medina and plenty more. Check out some ideas here.

For a taster, see my article about the Festival published on 7 June 2019 on the Lonely Planet website:

 
Soweto Gospel Choir, Fes 2019
Soweto Gospel Choir, Fes 2019
 
Ensemble Moxos, Jnan Sbil Garden, Fes 2019

Ensemble Moxos, Jnan Sbil Garden, Fes 2019

 

The Fes Festival of Sufi Culture was held successfully online in October 2021, with master classes continuing throughout the year. A decision around the 2022 festival being held in Fez or on line has not yet been made. Watch this space!

You can read about it here: https://www.lonelyplanet.com/articles/spotlight-festival-sufi-culture-fez-morocco

 

 

Updated May 2022

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