Thursday, May 05, 2016

Fes Festival - Urgent Programme Change!

The recent programme change affecting the Oum Kelthoum Tribute - moving it to Sunday 15th and extending the festival by one day - has been reversed and the concert will now take place on the original date, May 13th

Oum Kelthoum - in! 

The original shifting to the Sunday date appeared to have been to make way for Emirati pop star Ahlam. Ahlam will now not appear at all. This is somewhat of a blow for the organisers. As one festival insider revealed, the Ahlam concert was one of the few that had sold a lot of tickets.

The cancellation of the Ahlam concert may, however, be a blessing in disguise as the pop singer has a reputation for a distinct lack of diplomacy. The 47 year-old recently enraged the people of Lebanon when she derided them on social media, labelling the Lebanese as "falafel-sellers" and "beggars", prompting a Twitter hashtag calling for her to be banned from entering the country. The week before, her reality TV show, The Queen, was axed by Dubai TV after the first of a planned 22 episodes went to air. Dubai TV said its action was in response to overwhelming numbers of viewer complaints.

Ahlam - out

Another programme change is at the free Boujloud concert on Sunday May 7. The original programme was listed as The Fes Regional Choir with Abdellah Yacoubi: Aissawa Chant. Abdellah Yacoubi has been replaced with the great Melhoun singer, Mohammed Soussi.

Mohammed Soussi

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See our Fes Festival previews:
Opening Night Preview
Homage to India Preview
Divas of the World Preview
Nights in the Medina 1 Preview
Nights in the Medina 2 Preview
Nights in the Medina 3 Preview
Istanbul to Fez Preview
Tribute to Oum Keltoum Preview
Samira Saïd Preview
Forum Sessions Preview
Sufi Nights & Boujloud Concerts


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