Fes Festival of Sufi Culture: A Journey Through Mystical Dance, Music, and Spirituality

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By Yassine - Founder Destination: Fes
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Discover the magic of Morocco’s spiritual heritage at the 16th edition of the Fes Festival of Sufi Culture, taking place from April 20 to 27, 2024, in Fes, Morocco. Under the high patronage of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, this extraordinary event offers a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the mystical world of Sufism, explore the essence of religion, and celebrate the values of tolerance, solidarity, and altruism.

Mystical Dance and Music: A Timeless Journey

This year’s festival features a diverse and enchanting program, including 11 concerts and rituals that showcase the richness of Sufi culture and its profound influence on Moroccan society. The opening night, titled “The Religion of Love: Mysticism and Poetry,” features the mesmerizing voices of Fatima-Zahra Qortobi and Abdelkader Ghayt, who will bring the ancestral musical tradition of mouwashahat to life, blending human and divine love in a captivating performance.

The festival will also host the enchanting Sain Zahoor, winner of the Aga Khan Music Award 2022, who will convey the message of Sufi poets through his magnetic presence and captivating voice. The maalmat from Meknes, heirs to a unique musical genre, will share the mystical art of masmoudi, while the brilliant singer Marouane Hajji will bring to life the century-old words of the mystical poets Al-Harraq, Al-Choustarî, and Al-Busarî.

Sufi Brotherhoods and World Spiritualities.

The festival invites you to explore the mystical heritage of four Moroccan brotherhoods: Qadiriya-Boutchichiya, Wazzaniya, Sqalliya, and Cherqawiya. These brotherhoods will share their musical and ritual heritage throughout the week, offering a unique opportunity to delve into the spiritual practices and traditions that have shaped Moroccan society for centuries.

Additionally, the festival welcomes cellist Aurélien Pascal, who will perform Johann Sebastian Bach’s first three cello suites at Dar Adiyel, and the immense group I Muvrini, who will share their telluric vocal universe inspired by Corsican spiritual polyphonies1.

Artistic Workshops and Round Tables

The festival is committed to involving the public in its proposals, encouraging exchange and dialogue between experts and the public. The round tables bring together international scientists, philosophers, and artists, providing an opportunity for participants to share their knowledge and experience, and to reflect together on the major issues facing our society. The work “Mystic Dance” by artist Najia Mehadji, featured on the festival poster, introduces us to a dance that has suddenly become silent and cosmic, leaving room for imagination and reflection.

A Cultural Journey Through Fes

In addition to the festival’s main events, visitors are encouraged to explore the rich cultural heritage of Fes, including the historic medina, the splendid Bouananiya Medrasa, and the enchanting Jnan Sbil Park. The city’s vibrant atmosphere, combined with the spiritual depth of the festival, promises an unforgettable experience for all who attend.

Don’t miss this extraordinary opportunity to immerse yourself in the mystical world of Sufism, explore the essence of religion, and celebrate the values of tolerance, solidarity, and altruism at the 16th edition of the Fes Festival of Sufi Culture. Plan your visit now and let the enchantment of Morocco’s spiritual heritage captivate your heart and soul.

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