Sunday, June 05, 2011

Map for Fes Festival's Night in the Medina

Last year's Night in the Medina was so successful that there are two such evenings this time around at the Fes Festival of World Sacred Music - on Monday 6 and Tuesday 7 March.
It takes careful planning, and you won't be able to get to everything, but attending two or three of the concerts is possible. The medina is not too easy to negotiate if you don't know your way around, so below are some maps to help you. Click on the map to enlarge. The venues are also signposted.

Here's the programme for Monday (see our fuller story here):

20h00 and 22h00 at Riad Mokri:
Jesus Corbacho from Spain: Flamenco

20h30 at Dar Tazi:
Salar Aghili from Iran: the poetry of Djalal ad-Din Rumi

21h00 and 22h30 at Dar Adiyel:
Alemu Aga from Ethiopia: Benguena lyre

21h00 at the Batha Museum:
Prem Sanyas: this is a screening of the silent film made in 1925 by the German filmmaker Franz Osten. Providing the musical accompaniment will be the Manghaniyar and Langa musicians of Rajasthan.

23h00 at Dar Tazi:
Sheikh Taha from Luxor, Egypt


Each venue is marked on the maps below with coloured stars. ( remember,click on the map to enlarge)

*The Batha Museum is the venue for afternoon concerts at the Festival and is easy to find near the Batha Hotel.

* Dar Tazi is the headquarters of Spirit of Fes, the organisers of the Festival, and hosts the Sufi Nights daily from 23h00. From the Batha Hotel, take the flight of steps opposite and walk down the road to the mosque and carpark at the bottom. Dar Tazi's massive wooden gates are right in front of you.

mid-medina map

*Riad Mokri is in Oued Souaffine and is used as a training school for architectural artisans. It has one of the most beautiful gardens in the medina. From Tala'a Sghira, turn into Sidi Mohamed Belhaj and follow the street until you reach a small square with a mosque. Take the left-hand street after the mosque (not the turning before the mosque), walk past Riad Alkantara and take the next turning to the left. Riad Mokri is in front of you; the school's sign is prominent and reads OFPTT.

*Dar Adiyel is an 18th century former house of government, now used as a music conservatory for the Academy of Andalusian classical music. From Tala'a Sghira, follow twisty Derb Errom until you come to a wide square with a large wall fountain (Oued Rchacha). Diagonally opposite are some steps - walk up these and the conservatory is on your left a little further on.

Map courtesy of Fez from Bab to Bab by Hammad Berrada, published by PM Editions.

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