Marrakech’s Popular Arts Festival: a spectacular array of entertainment

21st July, 2016
At any time of the year, if you visit Marrakech you will find that it is alive with energy and excitement, especially in the medina, with street corners and squares bustling with stalls, performers and attractions. During July, however, when the Popular Arts Festival is underway, there’s even more to take in in this wonderful city.

Variety is the key when it comes to the Popular Arts Festival, attracting performers from every corner of the globe including China, Ukraine and Spain. Among the entertainment you’ll be able to see, there’s fire-swallowing, singing, storytelling, dancing, acrobatics, horseback riding, music, theatre, fortune telling and snake charming – it’ll be difficult to find this much variety elsewhere!

As well as bringing in entertainment from all over the world, however, the Popular Arts Festival hasn’t forgotten its Moroccan heart. Alongside the modern forms of entertainment, it is also a great showcase for traditional Moroccan arts, which range from ancient folk dances to traditional Berber music and belly dancing.

Making the festival even more special are the locations of its performances. During the event, beautiful historical sites such as the ruins of the El Badi Palace sacrifice a few days of peace and isolation to provide an amazing backdrop for the arts and culture Marrakech has become famous for. Surrounded by the red walls and foundations, the grounds help to give visitors a sense of the site’s grand and luxurious past. As well as at the El Badi Palace, many of the performances can be seen in the heart of the city, at the famous Jemaa el-Fna square.

If you’re staying at one of our riads in Morocco this July, be sure not to miss out on the remainder of the festival!