In virtually every region of Morocco religious and cultural festivals are staged throughout the year, June and July, despite the heat, being no exception.
The Mawazine Festival in the capital, Rabat, comprises street entertainment, art exhibitions and concerts between 30th May to 7th June 2014.
A week or two later in the ancient city of Fes, one of the most highly regarded of all events in Morocco is the annual Festival of Sacred Music presenting a variety of traditional music and dance performed by some of the world’s foremost musicians and entertainers. The event is scheduled to take place from 13th to 21st June 2014.
The Gnaoua Music Festival (Essaouira, 12th to 15th June) focuses on traditional Gnaoua music but also features contemporary world music (pop, jazz, and rock) performed by musicians from around the world. This year’s artists are expected to include 150 international and 250 Moroccan artists. Concerts at the event’s two main stages are free of charge.
The Popular Arts Festival in Marrakech takes place during the latter half of July. A five day annual event, the Popular Arts Festival attracts a wide variety of performers including acting troupes, dancers and folk singers, fire-eaters, fortune tellers, snake charmers and many others from Morocco, Asia and Europe.
Throughout the month of July there will also be a plethora of parties, firework displays and street entertainments as the city commemorates the accession to the throne in 1999 of Mohammed VI with the Fête du Trône.