The Chellah Jazz Festival in Rabat is scheduled to run from the 22nd to 25th of September. There had been doubts about the festival taking place due to restoration work begun last year by the Ministry of Culture. Thankfully the 2016 festival will finally take place
Yesterday (Tuesday August 10) a statement from the Delegation of the European Union in Morocco gave the festival the green light. The European Delegation organises the festival, in partnership with the Ministry of Culture and the Wilaya of Rabat-Salé-Zemmour-Zaer along with embassies and institutes of other EU member countries.
The 21st edition of the festival will follow the popular format of previous editions, with an early evening performance by a European group, followed by a Moroccan-European fusion. New this year will be projections "on the walls to allow a wider audience to share the Jazz au Chellah".
The artistic direction this year comes from Sebastian Vidal, the Nice Jazz Festival programmer and Jauk El Maleh, singer, author and composer of specialist percussion, considered the "undisputed father of Dakka jazz".
Organisers say they will announced the festival programme in the next few days.
Please note that the "official festival website" jazzauchellah.com/ has been hacked or colonised and has no festival information.