Marrakech Popular Arts Festival
When:14 – 19 Jul 2008 (annual)
http://www.marrakechfestival.com (french website)
A foretaste of the 43rd edition, a popular festival immersed in a city in celebration of 14 to 19 July 2008.
The festival covers its 43rd edition in an original format, powerful, innovative and popular. In the continuity of the 42nd edition, the next edition will preserve the popular arts in all their authenticity, will celebrate a heritage alive of inestimable value, for the sake of sharing with an audience in search of the events When popular, authentic and quality.
To announce the festival, a grand procession to the sound of traditional instruments, will help to attract and unite the local people and guests of the town red.
Stages are installed in the city, including historical places of the town red, as the Badi Palace and Dar Si-said
The official opening of the Festival will be held at the Palais Badi July 15, 2008. A magnificent spectacle, in a single framework, will stage the popular arts in a new theme. A choice to present the groups of artists and musicians in an appropriate framework. The Badi Palace, with its architecture and its prestigious public places, is the living theatre where the event takes place and where 200 000 spectators are expected each night.
A Bab Ighli from 17 to 19 July 2008, a large stage merger new generation artists and popular Moroccan renowned host more than 40 000 spectators each night.
To animate the entire city, the 2008 edition has scheduled 6 scenes in the districts of Daoudiate, Garden of the Harti, Sidi Youssef Ben Ali, M’hamid, Hey Bab El Massira and Lakhmis. These districts are colorful feast by troops traditional daily.
One of the ambitions of the festival, to revive and continue the traditions and artistic expression of Moroccan women. The 43rd edition brings honour Moroccan women with 2 evenings Dar Si Said gente devoted to women, which will unite artists and audiences purely feminine.
The festival also aims to promote culture alive through original events taking place at the Theatre Royal, such as contests (ghiyata, hanna, gnawa…) and exhibitions.