What’s Happening in Marrakech in February 2019?

From Tafraoute’s traditional Almond Festival and the 1-54 Contemporary Art Fair to a major charitable sporting challenge, the top Marrakech events in February offer attractions to suit a variety of tastes.  

Top Marrakech Events in February

One of the earliest February events is the Almond Festival in Tafraoute. Held as Morocco’s almond trees come into full bloom, this annual celebration presents visitors with the opportunity not only to admire the beauty of blossoming almond trees but to experience a vibrant party atmosphere created by a number of festive activities which take place around the colourful souks, including feasting, storytelling, singing and traditional dance. Providing wonderful photo opportunities, this is an event at which you can become well and truly immersed in Moroccan culture.

One of THE top events this month, the 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, founded in 2013 by Touria El Glaoui, is part of a major international artistic event with annual editions in London and New York. In 2019 the Marrakech event is being staged for the second time at the celebrated Mamounia hotel on 23rd/ 24th February.

Linking up with various institutions around the city including, the ‘1-54 Marrakech’ event brings together 18 galleries to create a truly international event showcasing the work of more than 65 emerging and established artists.

Participating art dealers and galleries include:

  • Yossi Milo Gallery (New York, USA)
  • Vigo Gallery (London, UK)
  • Sulger Buel (London, UK)
  • Siniya28 (Marrakech, Morocco)
  • Retro Africa (Abuja, Nigeria)
  • Primo Marella Gallery (Milan, Italy)
  • Officine dell’Immagine (Milan, Italy)
  • MAGNIN-A (Paris, France)
  • LouiSimone Guirandou Gallery (Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire)
  • Loft Art Gallery (Casablanca, Morocco)
  • L’Atelier 21 (Casablanca, Morocco)
  • Katharina Maria Raab (Berlin, Germany)
  • In Situ – Fabienne Leclerc (Paris, France)
  • Goodman Gallery (Johannesburg & Cape Town, South Africa)
  • Galerie Poggi (Paris, France)
  • Galerie Nathalie Obadia (Paris, France & Brussels, Belgium)
  • Galerie Mikael Andersen (Copenhagen, Denmark)
  • Galerie Cécile Fakhoury (Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire & Dakar, Senegal)

In addition to a comprehensive range of exhibitions showcasing contemporary African art, the fair will once again feature a forum of discussions and lecture. Taking the life and work of African-American surrealist, poet, painter and jazz musician Ted Joans’ (1928-2003) as its main focus, the forum will be curated this time by art historian Karima Boudou.

Those interested in sporting action and adventure might perhaps schedule their visit to Marrakech with the 4L Trophy™ Rally. Open to students between the ages of 18 and 24, this is a charitable fund-raising programme comprising various sporting challenges.

Requiring navigation skills rather than pure speed, this unusual event, organised by the ‘Enfants du Desert’ charity, sees participants competing to bring school equipment and supplies to the finish line for the benefit of some of the most underprivileged children of Morocco, a cause well worth supporting.

Valentine’s Day

February 14th is, of course, Valentine’s Day and there are few more romantic or colourful places in North Africa than Marrakech in which to mark the occasion. For here you can delight in the kaleidoscopic colours, sights and smells of spices and exotic fruits, beautifully patterned carpets and vast array of handcrafted goods in the city’s souks. And after exploring the labyrinthine souks you’ll no doubt be glad to return to the tranquillity and charm of Les Borjs de la Kasbah where you can enjoy an intimate spa session, a hammam bath, perhaps, followed by some gentle pampering in the form of a relaxing massage. And what better way to end a perfect day than with a romantic dinner for two in our Le Jasmin restaurant ?