Sunday, May 01, 2016

Fes Festival Weather Forecast

The Fes Festival of World Sacred Music begins on Friday May the 6th and if the weather forecasters are to be believed the first few days will be cool and wet

Fes Festival 2015 also saw some wet weather

In Fez until next Wednesday, daytime temperatures will range between 28 and 34 degrees Celsius and night lows of around 16 or 17 degrees are expected. That is forecast to change on Thursday when storms are predicted and the maximum temperature will struggle to reach 22 degrees.

The Festival opening night looks unpredictable, with storms threatening and a maximum of 23 degrees going down to 13 over night.

A typical storm front approaches the Medina in 2015

Rain is predicted for Saturday the 7th of May, with rain and a cool 20 degrees down to 12. Sunday is forecast to produce rain and a maximum of only 22 Celsius. Monday is no better - rain and a range between 22 and 12.

Thankfully, Tuesday should be sunny but a cool 21 degrees.

Forecast for the Fes Festival (Slide image across to view all)

MonTueWed  ThurFriSatSun

16 / 24 °C
14 / 20 °C
14 / 20 °C
12 / 18 °C
12 / 17 °C
13 / 21 °C
15 / 24 °C
14 / 24 °C
13 / 25 °C
13 / 28 °C

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Friday, April 29, 2016

Moroccan Students to Plant 50,000 Trees

By 2017, school students in the Casablanca-Settat region will be involved in an environmental protection project that should see the planting of 50,000 trees

"A tree for each student"

This operation, which is part of an ongoing project initiated by the ministry several years ago under the motto "a tree for each student", is intended to strengthen awareness regarding the dangers of climate change.

During the last 20 years, 90% of the 6,457 natural disasters were caused by floods, storms, heat waves, and drought - all related to weather events, according to a report from the UN Office for Disaster Reduction.

The office estimates that the real cost of disasters is between 250 and 300 billion dollars per year. Similarly, according to the centre for research on the epidemiology of disasters, more than 600,000 people died and 4.1 million others have been victims disaster or were homeless following disasters caused by climatic events.

According to Amadou Idrissa Bokoye, science climate expert for the environment, Africa stands out as the continent most vulnerable to natural hazards, and where the repercussions of these are often the most significant. Between 1980 and 2008, natural disasters killed about 25,000 deaths per year and 320 million affected over this time in Africa.

Floods alone have killed dozens of Moroccans in the past two years

The tree planting project in Casablanca-Settat comes on the eve of the COP22 conference to be held in Morocco.  Students will not only plant trees, but will better understand the issue of climate change. Each student will take care of the tree they plant and follow its evolution throughout their school career with the aim of enhancing awareness of the need to protect forests and biodiversity and develop eco-friendly behaviour.

Since the project began back in 2008, 80,000 trees have been planted in schools

Despite the existence of some historic green spaces Casablanca, such as the Park of the Arab League, the ISESCO Park (Ex Murdoch garden) or the Hermitage, the total area of green spaces (nearly 5m2 / person) remains well below the World Health Organisation recommendation (20m2 / capita).

The operation "a tree to each student" also complements the efforts of all stakeholders, including elected officials and civil society, and aim to increase the green areas in the region.

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Rooftop Concert at Hotel Sahrai in Fez

If you are after a change of pace and a great evening... Friday and Saturday night on the rooftop of the Hotel Sahrai there is a concert of modern music from Lilya ZEN
Dancing is highly recommended!

Friday and Saturday from 19:00. Reservations: 05 35 94 03 32

HOTEL SAHRAI - Bab Lghoul, Dhar El Mehraz, 30000, Fez, Morocco
Phone: +212 (0) 535 94 03 32, Mobile: +212 (0) 661 51 64 12
Fax: +212 (0) 535 94 03 62, Website:

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Photography - Presentation & Discussion in Fez Today

Thursday, April 28 at 6:30 PM at the ALIF RIAD Photo presentation

In this session, the ALC–ALIF Photography Club are going to present  Insider-Fototour, one of the finest organisations dedicated to photography in Germany.
 Please bring 10 of your best photographs on USB for a discussion over a cup of tea. This workshop will be led by the director of the organisation, Carola Schmitt, a photographer specialising in people and street photography.

Photographers are invited to this exciting opportunity to meet with other photographers, exchange ideas, and learn more about photography.

ALC–ALIF Photography Club

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Fes Festival Extended - to Sunday May 15

The Fes Festival of World Sacred Music has been extended by a day and will now run until Sunday May 15th. The Sunday night concert at Bab Al Makina will be the tribute to Oum Kelthoum (See preview here). The concert will be preceded by a performance from Virginia Rodriguez

An addition to the original programme is the inclusion of a free concert from Jiangsu Women's National Orchestra from China who will perform at 21h00 on 9 May at Bab Al Makina.

There are other changes to the programme, including the confirmation that the evening concert on the 13th of May at Bab Al Makina will be Ahlam, a star from the United Arab Emirates.


The View From Fez is a Fes Festival official Media Partner

See our other 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

Thanks to Helen Ranger for translations

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Will Qatar Airways Invest in Royal Air Maroc?

 According to Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker, Qatar Airways would consider acquiring between 25 and 49% of the shareholding of the Moroccan national carrier, Royal Air Maroc

The announcement came at the same time as a visit to Gulf States by HM King Mohammed VI. The King was visiting an exhibition dedicated to tourism in the Arabian Travel Market. The exhibition opened on April 25th and runs until the 28th April in Dubai.

Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker said, "There was an agreement between Moroccan and Qatari governments".

This is not the first time Al Baker has raised the issue. In October 2015, when Royal Air Moroc inaugurated its Casablanca - Doha link following the codeshare agreement between Qatar Airways and the national carrier, Al Bakar said the wanted to assess the advisability of investing in the capital of the Moroccan company.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Agadir's Timitar Festival 2016

 The 13th Timitar Festival will take place from the 13th to 16th of July 2016 in Agadir. The official poster for the Festival was unveiled this week

If past festivals are any guide, it is expected that there will be at least forty local and international artists perrforming for an audience of up to 500,000 in attendance.

Daoudia at 2015 festival
Not only is the festival one of the biggest in the country, it has established itself as one the premiere African music festivals.

Yet, despite its success, it has never strayed from its initial goal of promoting the Amazigh (Berber) culture of the Souss Massa Drâa. The district council of Agadir Under Massa Draâ initiated the Timitar Festival to act as a meeting between Amazigh artists and world musicians.

Last year saw appearances by Moroccan artists Stati, Hindi Zahra, Aït Laati, Daoudia and Fatima Tihihit, as well as more contemporary alternative music from N3rdistan.

International acts included Diana Haddad, Rabih Abou Khalil, Vieux Farka Touré, Bashar Khalife and the singing minister of culture of Cape Verde, Mario Lucio.

The five-note scale of the Souss music pulls the audience in with riffs that range from trance-inducing beauty to pure funk. It is a delight, even for those who can not understand the Tashelhit language or Moroccan Darija.

The festival's permanent theme is “signs and cultures” - and for this edition the audience can expect a healthy dose of both.

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