One of the indicators of a successful festival is that over the years it attracts and develops its fringe events. This year the Fes Festival fringe includes everything from art displays to circus. Here is a reminder of some of what is on offer.
Timbre Flaws is a choir of 24 singers from Sydney, Australia, who will perform a range of sacred and popular songs from around the world. They love singing and their concert is bound to be entertaining and fun.
Wednesday June 12 at 5.45 PM
ALIF Riad, 6 Derb Drissi, Batha, Fes. Or meet at Batha Fountain 5.30 PM
Sponsored by ALC & ALIF
The National Circus School Shems'y set up a new program in Fez Festival of World Sacred Music ... training workshops are open to all and there are a range of other opportunities such as meetings with arts festival artists, golf in the garden shows ...
Then there is Art...
Palais Mokri will be featuring an exhibition and show by Michel D'yve. The venture will present a collaborative mural and "the Muzoo". The Muzoo (a contraction of ‘museum’ and ‘zoo’) is a travelling museum presented by a group of artists called Sinéangulo. It was initiated by the Caza de Oro artist’s residence in Ariege, in the French Pyrenees. Le Muzoo moves between the UK and Morocco, and will be pitching its tent at the Palais Mokri during the Sacred Music Festival.
What: Fez Fabrik exhibition
When: until June 16
Where: Gallery at Jardin des Biehn
But wait, there's more...
Special benefit concert 'Life ALIVE' on the roof terrace at Dar Roumana!
This Wednesday, June 12th at 5.30pm.
Dror Sinai, voice and hand drum, will perform inspiring, spiritual, soulful songs and haunting rhythms from around the world that will take you on a personal and world journey....
Dror will be joined by guest musicians visiting the festival...
Come to share this magical journey in a warm, peaceful and loving environment.
Donations will go to The Center for the Protection of Girls, Fes.
Jess Stephens, a visual artist and creator of the Culture Vultures enterprise, has opened her pop-up gallery in the Tala'a Kbira with exhibitions by local and international artists. It is the place to check out to discover what events are happening around the Medina and in the Ville nouvelle.
Another imaginative event in the Festival Fringe is the three and a half hour Garden Walk Art Project with Heidi Vogels from Amsterdam.
The Garden Walk includes an introduction to the historical development of the city’s green spaces, an intimate look into stories and memories of Fez citizens, and the illustration of the garden as imaginary space in poetry and song.
The Garden Walks will take place on Thursday 13th and Sunday 16th of June. They begin at 09.30, from the Pop-Up AlZahra. Do bring a sun hat, your camera and good walking shoes. Cost is only 300 dh per person which includes refreshments and a healthy dose of inspiration.
For more information and booking visit the Pop-Up art space alZahra during the festival or contact Jess: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://culturevulturesfez.org/
Tasting Trails - Ceremonial Food
As part of the Fez Sacred Music Festival fringe Plan-it Fez will be offering Tasting Trails through the Fez medina hosted by resident Fez Food expert Gail Leonard. The tour focuses on the sacred and ceremonial foods of Fez and Morocco. Tours will commence at 10am from Boujloud and run for two hours every day throughout the festival except Mondays. Price is 450Dh per person, cash payments only. Bookings need to be made in advance with aminimum of 4 people required before the tour goes ahead. Tours will be a maximum number of 8 people. Bookings can be made via email email@example.com or phone on 0535 638 708, or in person at the Plan-it Fez Office 4 Arset Manjour, Batha.
A Cultural Walking Tour of the Fez Medina
The Spirit of Fes Foundation, in partnership with the Heritage and Tourism and Communication Department of the University Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdellah and Guides Association of Fes, is offering visitors to the Fes Festival of World Sacred Music small group tours of the Medina.
Group size is restricted to fifteen people at a time and will be accompanied by two friendly and knowledgable hosts on a journey of three hours during which you will discover or - rediscover - Fez. In addition to immersing yourself deep in the historical and architectural intimacy of the city, you will meet musicians, Sufis, artisans and people who have agreed to share their stories, their talents and skills.
And this is a tour for all the senses, so treats and refreshments will be available. Remember the places are limited so book early! For more information and to register, follow this link: http://itineraires-vivants.blogspot.com/
For reservations contact Layla Skali at the Spirit of Fes Foundation: firstname.lastname@example.org
And, if you need to chill out...
The Ruined Garden at Riad Idrissy is a delight! And the good news is that it will operate as a festival green room - where artists, journalists and the audience can mingle between concerts. Opening hours are between 12 noon and 9.30pm. For those needing to keep in touch there is free Wifi in the garden and snacks, cakes and all day brunch. And there will be no annoying background music - just great ambiance and tranquility.
Cafe Clock is one of the most visited cafes in the medina and because the menu is available all day, it is a perfect place to drop in for food or simply a jice or coffee. If you fancy learning to cook Moroccan cuisine, pick up some of the local Darija (Moroccan Arabic), try a little belly dancing, then check out the Clock cultural programme. (Hint - try the Camel burger!)
Fes Festival program
Fes Festival Medina Map
Fes Festival Food!
Fes Festival Site