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Fes Festival of World Sacred Music

21st edition: 22-30 May 2015

 

The theme of the 2014 Festival was The Conference of the Birds. This is an epic poem of some 4500 lines, written in Persian by the poet Farid ud-Din Attar and finished in around 1177. It is a Sufi allegorical poem that tells the story of the quest for a king undertaken by the birds of the world. It also describes the Sufi path to enlightenment.

If you are interested in visiting Fez for the festival in 2015, you’ll find the 2014 programme below to give you an idea of what to expect. Fez Riads can help you with accommodation. We are always first to have the programme in English, and you can buy tickets through this site. Programming should be available from January 2015.

2014 Programme:

Friday 13 June

21h00 at Bab al Makina: opening concert: the premiere of a work specially commissioned by the Spirit of Fes Foundation

Conference of the Birds: Journey of Cultures

Concept and Artistic Direction: Faouzi Skali and Layla Benmoussa

Director: Thierry Poquet

Musical composition: Arash Sarkechik

 

Saturday 14 June

09h00 at Batha Museum: Forum Giving Soul to Globalisation

Forum theme: Our era of transition and challenge: culture and identity
Round table discussion: Mandela’s spiritual legacies: Lessons for our era
16h00 at Batha Museum: Rokia Traoré (Mali) with Beautiful Africa
18h00 at Bab Boujloud: Race to the Rhythm of World Sacred Music: 6,6km road race for all aged 15 and over. Prior registration at05 35 64 54 00 – 06 61 48 02 54

21h00 at Bab al Makina: Robert Alagna (France) with Mediterraneo, specially commissioned for the Fes Festival

22h30 at Boujloud Square: 

Ahidous Song from the Atlas (Berber)

Badr Rami (Syria)

23h00 at Dar Tazi: Sufi Nights

 

Sunday 15 June

09h00 at Batha Museum: Forum Giving Soul to Globalisation

Forum theme: Our era of transition and challenge: culture and identity

Round table discussion:  Social harmony in plural, multicultural societies: what have we learned?

16h00 at Batha Museum: Luzmila Carpio (Bolivia)
18h30 at Boujloud Square:
Musa Dieng Kala (Senegal)
Jil Jilala (Morocco)

21h00 at Bab al Makina: Youssou N’Dour (Senegal) and Johnny Clegg (South Africa), in a tribute to Nelson Mandela

23h00 at Dar Tazi: Sufi Nights

 

Monday 16 June

09h00 at Batha Museum: Forum Giving Soul to Globalisation

Forum theme: Our era of transition and challenge: culture and identity

Round table discussion: Morocco: managing and savoring diversity – an ideal, a model, a challenge

16h00 Batha Museum: Bardic Divas from Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan
18h30 at Boujloud Square:
Luzmila Carpio (Bolivia)
Ouled Al Bouazzaoui (Aita song – Berber)

Night in the Medina I:

20h00 and 22h00 at Dar Adiyel: Wang-Li & the Amazigh Poets: Breezes of the Atlas and the Jew’s Harp of China (Morocco & China)

20h00 and 22h00 at Dar Mokri: Choir of Saint Ephraim (Hungary)

20h00 and 22h00 at Dar Batha: Majlis Trio (France)

21h00 at Batha Museum: Altan (Ireland)

23h00 at Dar Tazi: Sufi Nights

 

Tuesday 17 June

09h00 at Batha Museum: Forum Giving Soul to Globalisation

Forum theme: Our era of transition and challenge: culture and identity

Round table discussion:  What would Mandela counsel today to achieve peace in the Middle East?

16h00 Batha Museum: Jordi Savall (Spain) with Dimitri Psonis & Driss Al Maloumi: Orient-Occident
18h30 at Boujloud Square:
Mor Kabasi (Spain)
Ribab Fusion: Amazigh Song from the Souss

Night in the Medina II:

20h00 at Dar Adiyel: Leili Anvar: The Canticle of the Birds, a musical lecture (France/Iran)

20h00 and 22h00 at Dar Mokri: Khalil Abu Nikola (Palestine)

21h00 at Batha Museum: Tomatito Sextet (Spain), with guest Omar Bouzmaazought (Morocco)

22h00 at Dar Adiyel: Marifat, with Muhammad Zafar Iqbal, Qawali (Pakistan)

23h00 at Dar Tazi: Sufi Nights

 

Wednesday 18 June (no afternoon concert)

09h00 at Batha Museum: Forum Giving Soul to Globalisation

Forum theme: Our era of transition and challenge: culture and identity

Round table discussion: New ethical and spiritual challenges for modern capitalism
18h30 at Boujloud Square:
Laabi Orchestra
Sefrawa Fusion

Night in the Medina III

20h00 and 22h00 at Dar Adiyel: The Art of Melhoun from Fez and Meknes, with Nouhaila Al Kalai (Morocco)

20h00 and 22h00 at Dar Mokri: Mor Karbasi: Ladino sacred song

21h00 at Batha Museum: Zakir Hussain: tabla and bansuri flute (India)

23h00 at Dar Tazi: Sufi Nights

 

Thursday 19 June

16h00 at Batha Museum: Sacred Songs of the Gypsies of Provence (France)

18h30 at Boujloud Square:

Raza Khan (India)

Abidat Rma

21h00 at Bab al Makina: Special evening of Jewish-Arab-Andalusian music with Mohammed Briouel (Morocco), Francoise Atlan (Spain) and Lior El Maleh (Israel)

23h00 at Dar Tazi: Sufi Nights

 

Friday 20 June

16h00 at Batha Museum: Ustad F. Wasifuddin Dagar (India)

18h30 at Boujloud Square:

Hot 8 Brass Band (USA)

Saida Charaf

Kadem el Sahir

21h00 at Bab al Makina: Kadem el Saher (Iraq)

23h00 at Dar Tazi: Sufi Nights

 

Saturday 21 June

16h00 at Batha Museum: Raza Khan and Coumbane Mint Ely Warakane (India & Mauritania) with Poetry of the Sands and Words of the Nomads

18h30 at Boujloud Square:

Ochak Alfan Ensemble

Ihsan Rmiki

 

21h00 at Bab al Makina: Buddy Guy with the Hot 8 Brass Band of New Orleans (USA) From Chicago Blues to New Orleans Jazz

23h00 at Dar Tazi: Sufi Nights

 

 Ticket price: A full pass to all concerts and the Forum is 305 Euros.

Read more about the Festival here.

Fes Forum

CULTURES AND IDENTITIES IN TRANSITION

The Fes Forum offers an all-too-rare chance to explore the most demanding issues of our time in search of fresh insights, connections, and paths forward. The inspiration of art, intellect and ambience opens hearts and minds to bold and creative exchange. Each morning for five days a diverse group takes on a topic. No rigid prior views are welcome, as an open dialogue explores each angle, turns it to the light, shakes it to hear what sounds emerge, and reforms the ideas in new patterns.

A theme inspiring the 2014 Forum is culture and identity. Cultures and identities are intertwined, involve relationships with others, and change and adapt constantly. The crisis of collective identities is part of the enduring tensions in the Middle East, Africa and elsewhere. Sharp changes in how identity is understood and acceptance, even savouring of diversity has helped to transform and open up societies in many part of the world. The gift of multiple overlapping identities, where individuals take elements from different cultures and facets of life, hints at a rich potential for new ways of conceiving identity and reshaping visions of dynamic plural societies. But rigid identities anywhere block understanding and, we see in far too many places, ignite and inflame tensions.

Thus the Forum will question and explore policies, social or cultural actions that might help to unleash and shape the richness of creative, overlapping identities. The aim is to help create and invent new narratives that benefit mankind and nourish values that, if not universal, are at least common. It envisages a richer, happier social order. The inspiration of a Mandela, glimmers of Moroccan ideals, and urbane cultures glimpsed in many corners of the world suggest that where differing identities are nurtured by culture, art and spirituality, much can be achieved.