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Fes Festival of World Sacred Music 14-22 June 2019

Fes 2019

25th edition: 14-22 June 2019: Fes, at the confluence of cultures

Check out accommodation options at Fez Riads. Let us know you’re interested by writing to fezriads@gmail.com and we’ll put you on our mailing list for all news of the festival. We can help you with:

* accommodation close to festival venues

* the concert programme in English as soon as it’s available

* we have all sorts of activities during festival week, including a popular excursion to the UNESCO World Heritage Roman Site of Volubilis and the nearby pilgrimage town of Moulay Idriss

* planning further travel in Morocco through our sister site, Concierge Morocco. Browse the site for exciting itinerary ideas.

 

24th edition: 22-30 June 2018

It’s generally agreed that the 2018 festival was successful – certainly the array of artists performing was diverse and there were some superb concerts. For a full report on the festival, see The View from Fez.

Festival Facts

This page is NOT the official Festival website. The Festival has yet to publish its site for 2019.

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 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 cost 350 Euros in 2018 and automatically includes A seats for concerts at Bab al Makina.
  • Tickets and passes will be available through Fez Riads and we will deliver them free of charge 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.

batha museum

  • 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 Ibn Danan Synagogue in the Mellah.
  • Sufi Nights at 23h00 are free of charge and are held at Dar Tazi (blue no. 2).
  • The Fes Forum: Held on the first three mornings of the festival, this will take place at the Prefecture Hall in Batha, opposite the Batha Museum (blue 1).

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. In the second half of June, you can expect temperatures of at least 35 degrees C.
  • Seats are not particularly comfortable. If necessary, bring a cushion. In some venues, there are no chairs, but carpets on the floor to sit on.
  • Consider taking a trip or arranging an activity while you are in Fez. You’ll find some ideas here. We organise our well-loved annual day excursion to the UNESCO World Heritage Roman site of Volubilis and the pilgrimage town of Moulay Idriss on the Wednesday of the festival, when there are no concerts until the evening. Contact us to book. 
  • Reserve your accommodation in good time as guesthouses closest to festival venues fill up quickly. Getting to the venues is always on foot, except for the Ibn Danan Synagogue in the Mellah, for which you will probably need a taxi. It’s about 25 minutes’ walk from Batha.
  • 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 closer to the festival.