The official opening of the 2014 Sufi Festival took place in glorious weather in the beautiful gardens of the Batha Museum. Festival Director Faouzi Skali, speaking in French and Arabic, welcomed the British Ambassador and his family before proving that if he were not a festival director he would make a great reciter of Arabic poetry. His reading of the work of Ibn Arabi was warmly appreciated by the capacity crowd.
The proceedings opened with flamenco and samaa singing from Marouane Hajji and Curro Piñana. The two will appear at tonight's first major concert at 9pm in the same venue.
|British Ambassador to Morocco Clive Alderton and his family|
|Marouane Hajji and Curro Piñana - Photo Maha McCutcheon|