Fes World Sacred Music Festival 22nd June-1st July 2018.

Fes World Sacred Music Festival 22nd June-1st July 2018.

Fes World Sacred Music Festival

Fes World music festival, commended by UNESCO

Booking soon is advised to avoid dissapointment.

Fes world festival of sacred music with artists from Morocco, Africa and around the globe appearing at many venues in this Imperial cultural and artisan capitol of Morocco.
Fes with its labyrinthine lanes, medieval Medina and beautiful Riads, is well worth a visit on its own, but this festival adds an atmosphere of ancient caravanserai’s where travellers crossed paths on their epic sojourns.
In this case, the Fes Festival of World Sacred Music is a crossroads for the creative seekers of the world. You’ll experience the serendipity of a musical blending of various nationalities, faiths and music genres, such that a French orchestra could be connected with whirling dervishes and an African band. Purists won’t be disappointed, however, as this isn’t all about musical fusion. Deeply embedded in the purpose of this festival is a belief that music can heal the world and break down our self-imposed borders.
This festival lives by the spirit of the Beatles lyrics, “The time will come when you see we’re all one” and the atmosphere of last years festival was certainly testament to this.

The week-long festival is full of choices that will satisfy your appetite for knowledge, art and spirituality. Every evening, the palace courtyard of the 14th-century Bab Makina is filled with a sold-out crowd who gather to catch head-liners who have in the past included the now deceased Ravi Shankar and Paco De Lucia as well as Malian superstar Salif Keita, Johny Clegg , Ysou Ndour and many famous Sufi groups from Morocco and the Arab world.
Sufi Nights hosts free daily concerts in the gardens of Dar Tazi, and Bab Boujloud, one of the city’s main squares, is a venue for free evening performances. The cedar-scented gardens of the Musee Batha host concerts and art exhibitions aligned with the year’s theme.
There will be much to see and do on this trip with a multitude of exhibitions and workshops being held with many must see concerts in the evenings.
Guided tours of this unique Medina, its famous potteries, ancient places of learning, fabulous carpet cooperatives and great eateries , excursions to Meknes, Volublis and more are all part of this unforgettable feast for the senses holiday and included in the price..
All our tours cater for Vegetarian and vegan guests.

The line up and program for this edition is now available and on the end of the Itinerary for the trip. We are now taking bookings and reserving tickets so do not delay if you want information and to attend.
Early booking is advisable for this trip

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Itinerary and Program, 10 days. Friday 22nd-Sat 30th June concerts, depart 1st June.

Day 1. We will pick you up from Fes airport and take you to the Riad. You will have time to rest and an introduction to the tour before dinner and opening  night concert.

Day 2.Today we will show you around this amazing medina the highlights of this are the oldest university in the world , silk weavers at work, ancient places of study and worship as well as many craftsmen at work. Lunch in our hidden garden. Dinner will be at 7.30 each evening before the main concerts start.

Day 3. Lets take a tour of the city Ramparts to get an overview of the city then off to the potteries famous for thier tile work called Zellig and a visit to the Kings palace. Lunch at the ruined garden today. Dinner at 7.30

Day 4. A trip out of town to the Roman ruins of Volublis and lunch in a nearby village founded by the great grandson of the Profit Mohamed. This tour is optional and you may want to stay in town for daytime concerts.

Day 5. This is a free day to enjoy as you wish, perhaps a Hamam spa experience or a meander through the medina…9,000 streets so if you would like a guide to accompany you we will arrange.

Day 6. A tour to the pretty village of Sefrou on the edge of the middle Atlas mountains is available today. A small town with a manageable Medina. If your interest is textiles a tour can be arranged . Dinner and concerts.

Day 7. Another free day and we will help with any guiding you may need . There will be lots going on around town.Dinner and concert.

Day 8. Today we will visit the Imperial city of Meknes, more laid back than Fes but lots to see here, Moulay Ismails imense granaries and stables as well as an interesting museum . Dinner and concert.

Day 9. A free day for shopping or concerts , tonight is the final and usualy most fun concert.

Day 10. Sad farewells and hope we will see you again on another tour of this fascinating country…most do return. We will take you to the airport in time for your homeward flight.

Scroll down for the concert program. Vegans and vegetarians catered for, just let us know when you book.

FES FESTIVAL OF WORLD SACRED MUSIC 2018

Provisional Programme

Ancestral Knowledge

Pass to all events: 350 Euros, including A seats at Bab Al Makina…we suggest you buy one and we can purchace for you.The opening night is a must.

For seating information, see http://www.fez-riads.com/fes-festival-of-world-sacred-music/

Friday 22 June

21.00 Bab al Makina Opening Concert A: 60 B: 30

Featuring artists from Morocco and the Arab world, this spectacle evokes in poetry and music the special relationship in Fez between its architecture, craftsmen, Sufi brotherhoods and the arts. These reflections will be enhanced by the thoughts of the great Arab philosophers, both ancient and modern, who were inspired by Greek philosophy.

Saturday 23 June

09.00-14.00 Prefecture Hall, Batha: Fes Forum (see programme below)

16.30 Jnan Sbil Garden

Ensamble Moxos: Baroque Music from the Amazon 20

Bolivian Jesuit Mission – Bolivia

21.00 Bab al Makina

Dhafer Youssef: Diwan of Beauty and Odd – Tunisia A: 60 B: 30

A Tunisian oud player, vocalist and composer, Dhafer Youssef presents his fusion of oriental influences and the urban groove of New York. This is a vibrant encounter between traditional and contemporary influences, a universal call for peace subtly delivered.

23.00 Jnan Sbil Garden

Sufi Night (tariqa to be announced) free

Sunday 24 June

09.00-14.00 Prefecture Hall, Batha: Fes Forum (see programme below)

Doulce Mémoire – France 20

Religious songs of the Italian Renaissance

21.00 Bab al Makina

Hesperion XXI & Jordi Savall: Ibn Battuta, traveller of Islam A: 50 B: 25

Inspired by the travels of Ibn Battuta, this concert focuses on the second part of his voyage when he visited Constantinople and crossed the Russian steppes to arrive in the heart of Asia, Afghanistan and Sind (today’s Pakistan). Continuing on to India, the Maldives and Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), his journey led him to Bengal, Indonesia and China. On his way home to Morocco, he visited Sardinia and El Andalous, before crossing the Sahara and stopping at Timbuctoo.

23.00 Jnan Sbil Garden

Sufi Night (tariqa to be announced) free

Monday 25 June

09.00-14.00 Prefecture Hall, Batha: Fes Forum (see programme below)

16.30 Jnan Sbil Garden

Orpheus XXI: Music for Life and Dignity 20

Set up by Jordi Savall, this project promotes the integration of refugee music professionals, allowing them to share their culture. This unique project allows for the discovery, recuperation and valuing of musical heritage from 900-1850.

NIGHT IN THE MEDINA I:

19.00 Dar Adiyel

Rosario La Tremendita: Te Deum – Spain 15

Born in the gypsy quarter of Seville, this young singer is the great-granddaughter of Enriqueta la Pescaera, great-niece of La Gandinga de Triana and daughter of José El Tremendo. In this concert, she will present the sacred songs of the saetas in the first part, followed by cante jondo.

21.00 Jnan Sbil Garden

Subhan Ahmed Nizami and Bache Qawwals – Delhi Gharana of Karachi, Pakistan 20

Son of great master Ustad Afaq Ahmed Nizami, Subhan Ahmed Nizami trained at the oldest music school on the sub-continent and has been leading this group for 20 years. This concert features classical Hindustani music and includes poems by Hazrat Amir Khusro, Hafiz, Rumi and Allama Mohammad Iqbal.

22.00 Ben Youssef Cultural Centre

Teratali Dance – Rajasthan, India 15

The Teratali (tera = twelve; tali = rhythms) dancers and singers are like goddesses from the temples of Rajasthan; this most extraordinary performance melds the sacred with daily life. With manjira cymbals attached to their hands and a dagger between their teeth, they perform their ceremonial magic dedicated to the saint, Baba Ramdev.

22.00 Dar Adiyel

Rosario La Tremendita: Te Deum – Spain 15

(see above)

23.00 Jnan Sbil Garden

Sufi Night (tariqa to be announced) free

Tuesday 26 June

16.30 Jnan Sbil Garden

Shams Ensemble: Origins of Persian Mystical Poetry 20

Master of the tanbur, a long-necked Iranian lute with two or three stings, Kaykhosroh Pournazeri and his Shams Ensemble present classical Persian music including a secular Kurdish repertoire and the ritual music of the religious order, Ahl-e Haqq.

NIGHT IN THE MEDINA II

19.00 Dar Adiyel

En Chordais 15

From Thessalonika, En Chordais presents Greek music and the music of the Mediterranean to discover its diverse history.

21.00 Jnan Sbil Garden 20

3 MA: Mali, Madagascar, Maroc

Three string players play traditional instruments of their countries – Ballaké Sissoko from Mali on the kora, Driss el Maloumi from Morocco on the oud and Rajery from Madagascar on the valiha – and span the whole of Africa. They have played together before in Agadir and Antananarivo.

22.00 Dar Adiyel

Rachid Zeroual: Gasba and ney flutes 15

The artistic and cultural heritage of Morocco is a treasure that we have inherited from our ancestors. Our job is to safeguard it, disseminate it and value it so that it can be handed down to future generations.’ So says Rachid Zeroual, who presents music infused with Amazigh, Roman, African, Arab and Andalous influences.

22.00 Ben Youssef Cultural Centre

Tri Pusaka Sakti Ensemble: Dance theatre of Bali 15

One of the greatest theatrical dance groups of Bali presents a concert featuring rich costumes, Gamelan music and intriguing stylised gesture, based on the Hindu sagas of the Ramayana.

23.00 Jnan Sbil Garden

Sufi Night (tariqa to be announced) free

Wednesday 27 June

NIGHT IN THE MEDINA III

18.30 Dar Adiyel

The Firebird, Mystical Music and Poetry 15

Jonathan Dunford on viola gamba, Iyad Haimour on qanoun, ney flute and oud, with Gérard Kurkdjian as narrator, this performance centres on the search for the divine. Ancient Christian writings such as those of St Augustine, as well as the spiritual path of Sufism spanning the Maghreb to Central Asia, provide rich texts and poems often set to music. At the heart is the mystical bird – the simorgh, the dove or the phoenix – that becomes a firebird when consumed by divine passion.

22.00 Ben Youssef Cultural Centrre

Tri Pusaka Sakti Ensemble: Dance theatre of Bali 15

(see above)

23.00 Jnan Sbil Garden

Sufi Night (tariqa to be announced) free

Thursday 28 June

16.30 Jnan Sbil Garden

Hariprasad Chaurasia & Diabolus in Musica: Mystical breath 20

Hariprasad Chaurasia, master of the bansuri flute, joins the Diabolus in Musica Ensemble that specialises in Gregorian and plain chant in a unique, joyous experience.

18.00 Ibn Danan Synagogue

Gerard Edery: Slat-al-Fassyine 15

Presenting Hassidic piyutim and nigunim, Gerard Edery was born in Casablanca and raised in Paris and New York. He is a master guitarist and singer and one of the world’s greatest specialists in the music of the Sephardic diaspora.

21.00 Bab al Makina

The Heart of African Sufism A: 50 B: 25

Featuring the Mtendeni Maulid Ensemble of Zanzibar (Rifaï), Sheir Hamid Hossein Ahmad, Sheikh Ghanan and their Ensemble from Upper Egypt (Naqshbandiyya), Papa Djimbara Sow of Senegal (Khadra) and the Tijaniyya of Fes.

23.00 Jnan Sbil Garden

Sufi Night (tariqa to be announced) free

Friday 29 June

16.30 Jnan Sbil Garden

St Ephraim Male Choir – Hungary & Lebanon 20

Ancient Christian songs written in Syriac by Deacon Ephrem, born around 306 on the Turkish/Syrian border.

18.00 Synagogue

Slat-al-Fassyine 15

(see above)

21.00 Bab al Makina

Goran Bregovic and the Orchestra of Marriages and Burials, with the Breton Symphony Orchestra, directed by Aurélien Azan Zielinski: Three Letters from Sarajevo A: 50 B: 25

Three Letters from Sarajevo is an ode to the ‘Jerusalem of the Balkans’, a city of multiple beliefs, identities and complex paradoxes. It is an appeal for peace between the religions that have battered and even destroyed the city. The solo violinists, Mirjana Neskovic (Serbian), Zied Zouari (Tunisian) and Gershon Leizerson (Israeli), lead the call for peace.

23.00 Jnan Sbil Garden

Sufi Night (tariqa to be announced) free

Saturday 30 June

16.30 Jnan Sbil Garden

Breton Symphony Orchestra: Fest Noz Symphony 20

Featuring Erwan Hamon on flutes and cannon, Janick Martin on accordion, vocalist Annie Ebrel, Gregory Dargent on guitar and oud and Antonin Volson on percussion. Traditional Breton music is energetic and powerful.

21.00 Bab al Makina

Soweto Gospel Choir – South Africa A: 60 B: 30

Formed in 2002, this award-winning choir has performed with top artists all over the world. They founded their own charity for AIDS orphans, Nkosi’s Haven Vukani, and are Ambassadors for Nelson Mandela’s 46664 campaign. They are known as ‘South African’s Most Heavenly Voice

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is included.

  • Pick up at hotel or airport in our comfortable people carrier.
  • All transport (not including flights)
  • Breakfast and Dinner.
  • All 4 star accommodation
  • Personal guide for the duration of your tour
  • Small group of 4-6 people, larger groups by prior agreement.
  • Concert tickets and lunches not included, we will purchace a pass for all events for you ( More economical) or you may choose from the itinerary.
  • Terms and conditions apply please see relevant page.
  • Wine and drinks are available at some restaurants but not all, some will allow you to bring your own which we are happy to transport for you or you may purchase in Fes at Carrefour market.
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