For lovers of festivals Marrakech sounds like a pretty good place to be in the next few months! A glance at the diary of events reveals a series of important and entertaining dates to look forward to. Here is a short list of the principal events in Marrakech during the summer.
June events in Marrakech
The ‘Mediterranean Delight’ festival of Bellydance is a 5 day event which takes place at the Hotel Ryad Mogador Agdal featuring workshops by teachers from all over the world; there is also a belly dance competition open to allcomers.
July events in Marrakech
The National Festival of Popular Arts (Fête National des Arts Populaires) is a five-day event, one of the biggest in the Marrakech festival calendar, held each year in July. The El-Badi Palace hosts some of the best performances by Berber musicians and seductive belly dancers.
The festival also transforms the central Jemaa el-Fna square into an al-fresco performance venue featuring a wide spectrum of traditional folk arts from all over Morocco. In addition, artists, craftsmen, vendors, musicians, acrobats, snake charmers, fire-eaters and dancers can be found performing in every corner of the city.
Fête du Trône. Commemorating Mohammed VI’s 1999 accession to the throne, this important secular holiday sees lights and flags adorn buildings, as well as street entertainment and firework displays.
August events in Marrakech
The end of Ramadan, Eid Al-Fitr, is expected to take place on or around 30th August 2011, although the precise timing of its celebration, based on the Islamic lunar calendar, can only be estimated at this stage.
This major religious event is perhaps the highlight of every Moroccan’s year, whether devout Muslim or not, on a par with Christmas in the Christian world. At the end of a month’s fasting, Muslims celebrate with a copious breakfast including traditional Baghrir and Melwi pancakes. Eid Al-Fitr lasts one day only and the majority of shops and restaurants will be closed.