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Fes Festival of World Sacred Music

23rd edition: 12-20 May 2017

Scroll down to find general information about the Festival and seating.

Passes and tickets for individual concerts are now available. Please contact us at fezriads@gmail.com for the order form and the programme in English.

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Festival Facts

Accommodation

Check our site here to see the type of accommodation you can expect in the Fez medina. We can advise on making sure you make a booking close to Festival venues. Let us know your dates, bed arrangements and budget, and we will send you some options.

Seating and Ticketing

  • Seats are not reserved. Get to the venue in plenty time if you want a good seat.
  • Seats are raked at Bab al Makina; elsewhere they are on the flat. There are usually no or few chairs at the Nights in the Medina or Sufi Nights venues, but carpets on the floor.
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Plan of Bab al Makina. The stage is on the left.
  • At Bab al Makina, you can buy A or B seats. A seats are located closer to the stage; B seats towards the back of the auditorium. If you buy a pass, you automatically have A seats.
  • There are side screens at Bab al Makina, one on each side of the stage.
  • A pass to all events including the Fes Forum has historically cost 305 Euros and automatically includes A seats for concerts at Bab al Makina.
  • You will be able to buy tickets on this site as soon as they go on sale. Tickets can be delivered to your guesthouse if you are staying in the medina; other arrangements will be made if you are staying elsewhere. Contact us for details at fezriads@gmail.com.

Venues

  • Afternoon concerts are held in the Jnan Sbil Gardens. Note that there is no afternoon concert on Wednesday, which makes this a good time to go on a day trip out of Fez – ask us for details of our day excursion to the Roman World Heritage Site of Volubilis, the important pilgrimage town of Moulay Idriss and the imperial city of Meknes. Contact us at fezriads@gmail.com.

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  • Big evening concerts are held at Bab al Makina, the open-air parade ground in front of the Royal Palace. It’s off the western edge of this map, across Boujloud Square.

 

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  • Free concerts are held each evening at Boujloud Square, close to Bab Boujloud.
  • Nights in the Medina concerts (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday) are held in smaller venues including the music conservatory Dar Adiyel (blue 5), Sidi Mohamed Ben Youssef Cultural Complex (blue 4) and the Prefecture Hall in Batha opposite the Batha Museum (blue 1).
  • Sufi Nights at 23h00 are free of charge and are held in the garden of Dar Tazi, the Festival headquarters (blue 2).
  • The Fes Forum: no news available yet.

 

Tips

  • Weather can be variable: it can rain, be very cold and windy at Bab al Makina, or stiflingly hot. It’s best to bring layers, something waterproof, a sunhat and a fan.
  • Seats are not particularly comfortable. If necessary, bring a cushion.
  • Consider taking a trip or arranging an activity on Wednesday as there is no afternoon concert. We have an excursion to Volubilis (the Roman World Heritage Site), Moulay Idriss (the most important pilgrimage town in Morocco), with lunch in Moulay Idriss. Contact us to book. You’ll find some more ideas here.
  • Reserve your accommodation in good time as guesthouses closest to festival venues fill up quickly. Getting to the venues is always on foot.
  • Many restaurants serve dinner early and/or later so that you can attend evening concerts. Keep an eye on the What’s Hot! page on this site.