Thursday, January 17, 2019

Fez Gathering Opening Tonight

The 4th International Artists Gathering of Fez with the theme - Art and Social Responsibility in the Arab World - opens tonight

''. Initiated by a network of Moroccan and African artists based in Fez, this event will bring together researchers and artists from around the world to explore the role and potential of the arts in the modern world, to highlight the relationship between the arts and social responsibility in the Arab world and celebrate the links between Morocco, the Muslim world and sub-Saharan Africa.

Created in Fez in 2015 by artist-photographer Omar Chennafi, "Fez Gathering" supports local artists by providing them with a space where they can exhibit in the presence of artists and international scholars.

★Opening night★: Thursday, 17 January at 6:30 PM at ALIF Riad 6, Derb Idrissi Skallia Douh, Fez Medina


Saturday, January 12, 2019

Another Cold Weekend in Morocco

The Weather office is forecasting fog and low clouds to sweep the northern coast, and scattered clouds covering the horizons in the rest of the country.The Oriental, the relief, the interior and the southeastern regions in the country will experience low temperatures from morning to night.

Driving conditions will be dangerous

Tangier and the southern provinces will experience moderate to strong blowing sand and dust.

The low temperatures for Saturday range from -7 to 0 degrees Celsius in the eastern highlands and the reliefs; -2 to 01 degrees Celsius in the southeastern regions; 1 to 6 degrees Celsius in Saiss, the Phosphates Plateau, the northern, central, and the northeastern provinces; 5 to 10 degrees Celsius in the Mediterranean, Tangier, north of the southern provinces, northern and central coasts; and 10 to 15 degrees Celsius in the far south.

The high temperatures vary between 8 and 14 degrees Celsius in the Oriental and the reliefs; 14 and 20 degrees Celsius in Saiss, the Mediterranean, the Phosphates Plateau, Souss, the northern, central, and southeastern regions; 18 and 24 degrees Celsius in the southern coast, and north of the southern provinces; and 25 and 30 degrees Celsius in the far south.

The Mediterranean, Atlantic coasts, and the Strait of Gibraltar will experience high sea levels.


Amazigh New Year: Yennayer 2969

Happy New Year!


Thursday, January 10, 2019

4th International Artists Gathering of Fez

‘’Art and Social Responsibility’’ 4th International Artists Gathering of Fez - 17-20 January 2019 - Exhibitions, Round Tables, Concerts, Workshops

★Opening night★: Thursday, 17 January at 6:30 PM at ALIF Riad 6, Derb Idrissi Skallia Douh, Fez Medina


Lazywall in Fez on Saturday

Lazywall in Concert! Saturday, 12 January at 7 PM ALIF Riad, 6 Derb Drissi, Batha

Lazywall is one of the most popular and widely acclaimed Moroccan Rock bands in Morocco. The band was formed in 2003 in Reading, England by the three Anegay brothers: Monz, Nao and Youssef, who chose Classic Rock as their main influence. The band later started making a name for themselves and released their first EP “Primal Tapes” in 2006, which was recorded in Chicago with Nirvana's producer Steve Albini. After moving back to Morocco, Lazywall released their first album "Apoptosia” in 2009.

Lazywall gained popularity both nationally and internationally and performed at some of the most prestigious venues and festivals; including SXSW in Austin (USA) and Garorock (France). In Morocco, they performed in “L’boulevard Festival” three times. In 2010, they became the first Rock band to perform live on national TV.

Lazywall discography consists of five albums: "Apoptosia” (2009), "Restart" (2010), “Aporia’s Bane” (2012), “Square Minds in Round Heads” (2015) and "The Hundredth Monkey" (2017)

This concert, presented by the ALC-ALIF Music Club, is free and open to the general public. The Riad is covered and has heaters, so hopefully it won’t be too cold.


The View From Fez 2019

Regular readers will have noticed that The View From Fez has been out of action for a few weeks - travel, health issues and a lack of WiFi, all contributed to this pause. However, we are now back on deck and wish our readers a very happy 2019!


Saturday, December 15, 2018

Australia Still Lacks Anti-Terrorism Cooperation with Morocco

Safaa Kasraoui, a journalist with Morocco World News, reports that Morocco’s counterterrorism strategy has attracted increasing interest among international security services. The efficiency of the strategy led the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) to note that the Australian government does not yet cooperate with Morocco on counterterrorism.

ASPI said that Morocco “portrays the fight against Islamist extremism as a war of ideas that can be won by preaching a tolerant, moderate and non-violent form of Islam.” The institute also recalled that Morocco, which “lies in an unstable region” due to the presence of “Islamist terrorism, ” has not been affected by any terror attack since April 2011 in Marrakech.

The institute said that although Australia takes part in international counterterrorism forums along with Morocco, the two countries have “no bilateral counterterrorism” ties “nor do we have any official counter-terrorism involvement in the Maghreb.”

While no counterterrorism ties have been made yet the Australian Ambassador to Rabat, Berenice Owen-Jones, told Morocco World News that “With the opening of the embassy in Rabat in 2017, Australia and Morocco are set to increase their cooperation on counterterrorism matters, including in global forums.”

Berenice Owen-Jones
Although there is currently no bilateral counterterrorism relation with Australia, Morocco has several international cooperation with several international security services, including the US, Spain, and France.

With Morocco introducing the anti-terrorism strategy and the Central Bureau for Judicial Investigation (BCIJ) in 2015, the North African country received applause and appreciation from several international powers, including the US.

In its 2018 Country Report on Terrorism, the State Department said, “Following the August attacks in Barcelona, Morocco assisted the Spanish investigation and promised to expand cooperation to track terrorists of Moroccan origin radicalized abroad.”

ASPI mentioned Morocco’s counterterrorism cooperation with European countries, saying that “European countries have also worked closely with Morocco, providing counterterrorism training and equipment, and conducting joint operations with Moroccan security forces.”

Morocco was also listed among the least impacted countries by terrorism, according to the 2018 Global Terrorism Index. Morocco ranked 132nd out of 163 in the report, gaining nine places compared to the 2017 report when it ranked 123rd. The ranking makes Morocco safer than the US, France, and Algeria.


Friday, December 14, 2018

An Aziz Kibari Donkey Reaches Fez!

My donkey (Toby) is now safe and sound on my wall in Fez - thanks to Aziz Kibari

Aziz Kibari is having a solo exhibition at the Casino of La Mamounia Hotel in Marrakesh until December 16th - don't miss it!


Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Damon Arabsolgar in Concert: in Fez

Damon Arabsolgar in Concert: Piano and Voice. Wednesday, Dec. 12 at 7 PM. ALIF Riad, 6 Derb Drissi, Batha, Fez Medina

Born from a Persian father and a German-Italian mother, Damon Arabsolgar plays with the extremes of East and West.

After having toured Italy, Europe, Morocco, the Balkans and Russia he is currently touring throughout Europe and Morocco with his solo act with just a piano and a microphone on stage for a very intimate and raw concert.

His songwriting floats in between life in mid-ocean ridges and surreal stories he encountered during his travels, while the singing follows the extreme dynamics of the music and passes from catchy falsetto to an intimate and baritone with his characteristically unplaceable accent that reveals a melting pot: some new, as-yet undiscovered territory.

This concert, organized by the ALC-ALIF Music Club, is free and open to the general public.