It has been a big week for social events in Fez. The View from Fez was out and about in the thick of it. Our team reports:
Helene George with The View from Fez's Suzanna Clarke
Naima Lahbil dancing in the Hammam!
Local women at the Hammam lunch
Naima Lahbil attending the Hammam lunch
Hammams were also the focus during the week when Fez hosted the opening of the Hammamed Exhibition at the Cherratine Medersa. There are beautiful panoramic photographs, architectural models and aerial views of the cities of Damascus, Cairo and Fez, where hammams are being restored. The exhibition is called "Hidden Door - Living Treasure" and it runs 10am to 6pm until April 8.
ADER Director General Fouad Serrhini at the exhibition opening
AND THEN THERE WAS MUSIC
Italy's Ducci Foundation hosted an evening of splendid early music at the beautiful Ducci Foundation headquarters in Fez, Kssar Annoujoum.
Guests were greeted by the founder of the Foundation, Paolo Ducci (pictured above), and then treated to a well chosen programme, performed by the Duo Girolamo Frescobaldi - Maria Palumbo (spinet) and Lorenzo Colitto (baroque violin).
The programme included two fine works by Frescobaldi (1585 - 1634) as well as the sonatas prima and secundo by Dario Castello (before 1658). However, as in any well constructed receital, the duo saved the best for last and delighted the small but discerning audience with G.A. Pandolfi Mealli's beautiful La Castella (Sonata op 3). It was a memorable performance presented by the Ducci Foundation in conjunction with the Foundation Esprit de Fes.
Essaid Ben Amar Amrani
Mme Danielle Mamane