From 22nd to 30th June 2018 the ancient city of Fez comes alive once again with the sounds of music from around the world. Renowned musicians, artists, intellectuals, filmmakers and other creative minds will gather in one of Africa’s most evocative imperial cities to perform in 60 unforgettable sold-out events, celebrating the power of creativity and imagination.
Audiences will be treated to a fabulous array of original and new works that blend diverse musical traditions aimed at overcoming prejudice and interracial barriers.
The concerts will take place in the fabulous courtyards of the city’s glamorous palaces, gardens and squares.
“The Fez World Sacred Music Festival provides a great opportunity to experience the glamour and atmosphere of Fez during perhaps the best month of the year to be here, when the weather is sunny and pleasant and the city brims with cultural inspiration”.
“The time will come when you see we are all one.”
This festival lives by the spirit of the Beatles lyrics: “The time will come when you see we’re all one.”
The performers all share the same vision and include a star-studded cast of the festival’s favourites; icons of the music world and new artists.
This year’s line up includes Bolivia’s celebrated Amazonian indigenous ensemble Moxos showcasing music inspired by the tribes and the 17th century Jesuit missions established in the Amazonian forest along two main rivers: the Rio Mamore and the Rio Madeira. Another illustrious guest is the world-famous Spanish conductor, viola player, and composer Jordi Savall. His latest composition celebrates the life and discoveries of Moroccan writer, traveller, and explorer Ibn Battuta, who at twenty-one travelled from his native land to the heart of China in 1325. Covering more than 120,000 km. The intrepid Battuta also discovered the unknown borders of Africa.
Amongst other fabulous performers, we find the Teratali dancers from Rajasthan’s Kamar Tribe defined as the colorful little goddesses of the temples dedicated to their divinity Baba. Their dance is considered one of the most extraordinary in India mixing the sacred with the ritual of everyday life.
The dancers, all traditional village women, sit on the ground with small metal cymbals (manjiras) tied by a long thread to their arms and legs. On many occasions, the women clasp a sword between their teeth and balance a decorative pot on their head. This caste is related to the Meghwal, the renowned weavers and tanners of Rajasthan.
This is a show not to be missed!
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