The first edition of Nozhat Al Hakawati - storytelling festival - takes place between June 17th and 19th in Fez
There will be three different venues: Bab Boujloud Square, the ALIF Riad and the square at R'cif. The decision to use R'cif is a welcome one as this recently renovated public area is underused and perfect for music and performance events.
The festival is the initiative of the recently formed storytelling organisation - To The Horizon Association.
The Moroccan tradition of hikayat, or storytelling, dates back almost 1,000 years. Some stories were recorded and other stories are passed orally. Today this form of entertainment is in danger of becoming extinct.
|hikayat in Marrakech in the 1980s|
The festival will also include a couple of musical performances. Friday night in R'cif Square the storytellers will be joined by Zahio, a group that emerged at the beginning of 2007. Four young musicians from different backgrounds : Two Gnaoua musicians, a former member of a Dutch Rai and a student from the National Conservatory of Fez and fan of reggae, came together in 2007 to produce their own fusion style. Zahio began their career playing at private parties and is now put the finishing touches to their debut album
Nozhat Al Hakawati Programme
Friday 17 June 1
6h00 to 17h00 - A debate about the role of traditional storytelling in Moroccan society. The debate will be held in the IPDF centre at Batha.
22h00 - 00h00 Storytellers from Marrakech, Fez and Sefrou will perform in R'cif Square, along with fusion music from Zahio.
Saturday 18 June
16h00 - 18h00 Storytelling workshops at the ALIF Riad in Batha. Please note that for those fasting, there will be Ftour (Iftar) for the participants following the workshop.
21h30, Calligraphy exhibition by Mohammed Charkaoui at Cafe Clock.
Sunday 19 June
16h00 - 18h00 Storytelling circles (Halqa) at Bab Boujloud Square.
21h30 - 23h30 Closing the festival, storytellers from Marrakech, Fez and Sefrou will perform at the ALIF Riad and there will also ba a performance of Melhoun Music.