Fes Festival of World Sacred Music 2022
The festival will run this year from 9-12 June. It’s a shortened event due to circumstances over the last two years, but we’re sure will still offer the wonderful atmosphere of Fes. The theme is Architecture and the Sacred.
NOTE FOR ARTISTS: This is not the official website of the Fes Festival of World Sacred Music. Please don’t apply here to perform.
Please let us know if you’d like the programme in English. It is available in French on the Festival’s website and the English version will be published shortly. To see details of the artists and their performance, click on the photo on the programme. Meanwhile, let us know if you’d like the programme in English.
Check our site here to see the type of accommodation you can expect in the Fez medina. We can advise on making sure you book close to Festival venues. Let us know your dates, bed requirements and budget, and we will send you some options.
- 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.
- Free concerts are held each evening at Boujloud Square, close to Bab Boujloud. We’re currently not sure if this is happening in 2022.
- Nights in the Medina concerts are held in smaller venues of Dar Adiyel and the Ibn Danan Synagogue in the Mellah (Fez el Jdid).
- Sufi Nights at 23h00 are free of charge and could be held at Dar Tazi (blue no. 2) if the renovations are complete, or at the Prefecture Hall opposite the Batha Museum (blue no. 1).We’re currently not sure if this is happening in 2022.
- The Forum: Held on the first few mornings of the festival, this has in recent years taken place at the Prefecture Hall in Batha, opposite the Batha Museum (blue 1). Venue to be confirmed. In 2022, the Forum will take place on Saturday 11 June, one day only.
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 for sitting on.
Plan of Bab al Makina. The stage is on the left.
- At Bab al Makina in 2022, all seats are the same price, Dh350 or 35 Euros.
- There is a side screen at Bab al Makina, on one side of the stage.
- A pass to all events during the Festival, including the Fes Forum, costs Dh1390 or 139 Euros.
- June is hot – expect temperatures in the 30s C (in the 90s F) or more. However, weather can be variable: it can rain. It’s best to bring layers, something waterproof, a sunhat and a fan.
- Seats are fairly comfortable. At Dar Adiyel there are no chairs, but carpets on the floor to sit on. Bring a shooting stick if necessary but be sure to sit on the edge of the audience so you don’t block the view of people sitting on the ground.
- Consider taking a trip or arranging an activity while you are in Fez, especially as days are free until 4pm. You’ll find some ideas here. We are organising our well-loved annual day excursion to the UNESCO World Heritage Roman site of Volubilis and the pilgrimage town of Moulay Idriss Zerhoune on Wednesday 8 June, the day before the Festival starts. We also offer a tour of the Jewish quarter, the Mellah, led by expert Cathérine Bendayan and the ever-popular Artisanal Affairs tour. 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 could take 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.
Where can I buy tickets?
You can buy tickets online through the festival website. The site will eventually be in English, too. Once you’ve paid, you get a receipt which you print out and exchange for tickets at the door. You only need to do this exchange once. You can buy tickets at the door, too.
When should I start thinking about accommodation?
Now! Guesthouses convenient for festival venues are the first to sell out. As most guesthouses do not require a deposit in advance, you can book straight away. If you need to cancel, do so at least one month in advance to avoid cancellation fees. Check out our selection of guesthouses here (we have plenty of others, too). Let us know how many rooms and beds you require, give us your dates and an idea of your budget. We’ll then send you some options.
What else is there to do in Fez?
Every year, we host an excursion to the UNESCO World Heritage Roman site of Volubilis followed by a delicious lunch in the pretty pilgrimage town of Moulay Idriss Zerhoun. Contact us for details: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We also have plenty of other activities from the ever-popular Artisanal Affairs tour, a tour of the Mellah, the old Jewish quarter, cooking classes, Architectural Insights into the wonders of the Fez medina and plenty more. Check out some ideas here.
For a taster, see my article about the Festival published on 7 June 2019 on the Lonely Planet website: