Kicking off the festivities on 21 June at Le Jardin des Biehn (map reference 5):



 Art Exhibition at Medin’Art: Noel Bensted


This intriguing shop can be found half way down Tala’a Sghira and is well worth a visit (ph 06 17 57 50 79). It stocks        superbly designed handbags, clothing, jewellery, cushion covers, lampshades and art. For the festival, it will have a   selection of work by local artist Noel Bensted. Noel says of his work,

“The past year living mainly in Fes and the last four years visiting have, I feel, re-vitalised my work. It might be a cliche   but the tired grey north has driven me out of my birthplace and south to here, the strange and magical city of Fes . Whilst   a modern country, Morocco and Fes are also very old. This blend of the two I adore; donkeys and iPhones; camels and     4x4s; flowing djellabas with the latest trainers, pop music and Aissaoua. Everywhere I look I see the 17th century and   bold modernity. I love the light and textiles, the pools of light that look almost stage-managed. I’m reminded of Delacroix   when he said of Morocco : “Rome is no longer Roma, it is here, it is here!” For, with the natural light and rhythms of the   moon and sun something classical and ancient is honestly preserved, yet eternal. In my paintings and etchings shown   here I aim to show the beauty and play of light on ancient buildings, people and landscapes. I almost always work from   life; with drawings or directly in front of the subject ‘en plein air’. I occasionally finish at home and, of course, the limited   edition etchings I print myself in London, yet essentially these are works done here about my love for the places and   people of Morocco.”


Art Exhibition at ALIF Riad: Sal Sidner ‘The Dancing Brush’

Sal Sidner is an artist who paints what she sees en plein aire when she travels. In the studio her mixed media paintings and installations reflect her love of music, textiles and collage, and address human culture, feminist issues and ecological concerns. Born in England, she attended Loughborough and West of England Colleges of art, before moving to India, and eventually the USA. Her Master’s studies were at New York University, Ca’ Foscari in Venice Italy, and Academia de Bellas Artes, Florence. She holds Educational Specialist and Master’s degrees from the University of Florida, and currently teaches art. She has been awarded artist’s residencies in Europe, India and the USA, and exhibits at international fairs.

The Dancing Brush


The exhibition opens at 18h30 on Sunday 24 June and continues daily from 16h00 to 18h00 until 30 June. Find the riad at 6 Derb Drissi, Batha. Ph 06 41 27 16 05 or 06 59 66 15 02.



Foodie Event at Palais Amani (map reference red 44)

Cooking demonstration and complimentary tasting at 14h30 on 27 June

Anissa Helou has travelled widely from Egypt to Syria, Iran to Indonesia, gathering some of the finest and most flavourful recipes, all found in her new book, Feast.

Anissa Helou At our event at 14h30 on Wednesday 27 June Anissa Helou will be describing her research into the art of Islamic cuisine, while chefs from Palais Amani will demonstrate some of her recipes for you to see and try. She will also officially open the Fez Cooking School, our brand new workshop facilities on the rooftop of Palais Amani. Signed copies of Feast will be available for purchase at the event.

Special Festival menu: In honour of the book and the festival’s theme, our restaurant, Eden, will be running a special menu that explores some of the most celebrated Moroccan dishes and a selection of meze to accompany your pre- or post-festival drinks, using the recipes from Anissa’s book.

Reservations essential on 05 35 63 32 09.



Many restaurants offer earlier opening times during the festival to work around concert times.

RIAD FES (map reference red 15)

Open daily from noon until 11h00, this elegant riad has a superb rooftop terrace with panoramic views for pre-dinner drinks, a wine bar and an excellent restaurant.


Bookings essential for the restaurant 05 35 94 76 10.




DAR ROUMANA (map reference red 39)

This restaurant, set in a beautiful traditional house, will be serving dinner earlier, from 18h00 to 21h30. The roof terrace has magnificent views over the medina. The menu is French with a Moroccan twist, depending on what’s fresh in the market that day.

Bookings essential on 06 60 29 04 04 or 05 35 74 16 37

Dar Roumana Roof terrace











This magnificent hotel is set on a hill just outside the medina with superb views from the pooldeck and rooftop. They offer the following during the Festival:

Lunch from 12h00 to 16h00 (Relais de Paris: a Paris-style bistro)

Dinner from 19h00 to 23h00 (Relais de Paris and Amaraz, the Moroccan restaurant)

The Rooftop bar is open from 15h00 to 01h00

Les Arcades is open from 9h00 to 23h00

The Snack menu will be served from noon until 23h00 (served at Les Arcades, the poolside and the Rooftop).

Reservations essential for the restaurants:  05 35 94 03 32

Contact Fez Riads to arrange transport to and from the medina.


CAFE CLOCK  (map reference blue 3)

No need for special opening hours here, as Cafe Clock is open all day from 10h00 to 22h00. It’s a great place to hang out and meet other festinos over coffee. Excellent bistro menu including lots of vegetarian options. Lovely roof terraces in the perfect location near Bab Boujloud (the blue gate).  Free Wifi. Sunset concert 18h00 Sundays (Dh20).