Friday, March 20, 2020

The Gnaoua Festival is postponed

After the series of cancellations of the season's festivals in Morocco, the Gnaoua and World Music Festival which was to take place from June 25 to 28, resists and merely postpones...

Neila Tazi says there is no question of canceling it, but of postponing it. Mawazine in Rabat, Timitar in Agadir and the Festival of Sacred Music of Fez, all confirmed their cancellations "in accordance with the preventive security measures recommended by the Moroccan authorities and the World Health Organisation which recommend the restriction of major demonstrations". For event organisers, there is no question of mobilising artists or generating costs when the situation is still so vague.

However, nothing yet on the Gnaoua Festival. The event which was to celebrate its entry into UNESCO during this new edition which was to take place June 25 to 28, refuses the cancellation. “The Festival will be postponed. We are in discussions with the public authorities and the authorities of Essaouira, with our partners and our service providers to decide on a date for the postponement. A date which will be communicated very soon, in a more favourable time for communication on this type of subject ”confides Neila Tazi, President of the Festival. “The Gnaoua Festival is not an animation festival but a real development project in a city. It's a very important festival. ” The date of the postponement will be communicated in the coming weeks.


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