The 23rd Fes Festival of World Sacred Music continues its tradition of arts and music in 2017 from May 12 to 20.

The festival, which is recognised by UNESCO as a major international cultural event, remains vital to the challenges we have in the twenty-first century. The festival brings together artists from around the world to share the values: freedom, tolerance, independence, openness, curiosity.

The medina of Fez will become the beating heart of artistic expressions, philosophical reflections, and create valuable exchanges in the community.

This 23rd annual festival will celebrate the spirit of water–the source of life and inspiration. Water, the symbol of purification in poetry, is in itself an invitation to respect our earth.

Water is the mirror of our future. ~ Gaston Bachelard

The choice of this theme is in response to the need to raise awareness of ecological issues. The COP22, held in Marrakech from 7 to 18 November 2016, placed an emphasis on water as an overarching global issue.

Preliminary Festival Schedule

Date Time Performance Location
12 May 21:00 PM SPIRIT ON THE WATER – De la source à l’océan –
Création 2017
Place Bab Makina
13 May 16:00 PM MARC VELLA Jnan sbil, Fes, Maroc
13 May 19:00 PM LINGLING YU, Luth Pipa, Chine Riad Dar Bensouda
13 May 21:00 PM OPERA DE PEKIN – CHINE Place Bab Makina
13 May 22:00 PM BEL LEIL AL ZAMAN – LE CAFE DU NIL Cinéma Boujloud
14 May 14:00 PM Atelier avec Marc Vella Dar Batha
14 May 16:30 PM MARLUI MIRANDA Jardin Jnan sbil
14 May 21:00 PM SONGHAI avec TOUMANI DIABATÉ Place Bab Makina
14 May 22:00 PM BEL LEIL AL ZAMAN – LE CAFE DU NIL Cinéma Boujloud
15 May 16:30 PM SALMAN EL AMMARI – KOWEIT Jardin Jnan sbil
15 May 19:00 PM LECTURE MUSICALE «LE MARIAGE DE PLAISIR» Dar Adiyel
15 May 20:30 PM ERIC BIBB – A l’origine du blues Salle de la Préfecture
15 May 22:00 PM BEL LEIL AL ZAMAN – LE CAFE DU NIL Cinéma Boujloud
15 May 22:00 PM HÍBRIDOS Complexe culturel Sidi Mohamed Ben Youssef
15 May 22:00 PM LECTURE MUSICALE «LE MARIAGE DE PLAISIR» Dar Adiyel
16 May 16:30 PM STELIOS PETRAKIS QUARTET – L’ART DE LYRA CRETOISE Jnan sbil
16 May 19:00 PM TAZIRI Dar Adiyel
16 May 20:30 PM LANKUM – Irlande Salle de la Préfecture
16 May 22:00 PM BEL LEIL AL ZAMAN – LE CAFE DU NIL Cinéma Boujloud
16 May 22:00 PM Rite Antique du Village de Sordogno – Sardaigne Complexe culturel Sidi Mohamed Ben Youssef
16 May 22:00 PM TAZIRI Dar Adiyel
17 May 18:30 PM «MCHOUGA-MABOUL» Théâtre–Conte-Halqa de et par SIMON ELBAZ Dar Adiyel
17 May 20:00 PM YASMINE HAMDAN – LIBAN Salle de la Préfecture
17 May 22:00 PM «DEDALES» CREATION CINEMATOGRAPHIQUE ET MUSICALE POUR FES Complexe culturel Sidi Mohamed Ben Youssef
17 May 23:00 PM BEL LEIL AL ZAMAN – LE CAFE DU NIL
18 May 16:30 PM RESONANCE Jnan sbil
18 May 18:00 PM CLAIRE ZALAMANSKY – AY PETENERA ! Palais Amani
18 May 21:00 PM POETA Place Bab Makina
19 May 16:30 PM LES VIOLONS BARBARES Jnan sbil
19 May 18:00 PM MATROUZ- Projection du film de Simon Elbaz et Annie Brunschwig Dar Batha
19 May 21:00 PM LA NUIT GOSPEL Place Bab Makina
20 May 16:30 PM AZIZ SAHMAOUI «CUBAN PROJECT» Jnan sbil
20 May 21:00 PM MAJIDA AL-ROUMI – LIBAN Place Bab Makina

Here is a link to the daily schedule for the festival: http://fesfestival.com/2017/en/programmation-par-jour/ 

Let’s plan your entire trip during this extraordinary festival