Marrakech Popular Arts Festival (Festival National des Arts Populaires)

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Country and Region MoroccoMarrakech - Tensift - Al Haouz
Type of Festival Dance, Drama, Music
Location of Festival Marrakech, Marrakech - Tensift - Al Haouz, Morocco
Festival Contact Information

Festival National des Arts Populaires
Dar Talib Unité IV, Hay Mohammadi
Marrakech, Morocco
Phone: (212) 44-31-35-72, or (212) 44-30-88-90
Fax: (212) 44-31-31-95

Festival Description

There is never a dull moment in this teeming city designed to inflict sensory overload, but during thesummer Popular Arts Festival, Marrakech is more frenzied and alive than ever, the already-packedstreets are even more crowded with an abundance of tourists and Moroccans avid for fun. Artists,craftsmen, vendors, musicians, acrobats, fire-swallowers and dancers hold performances in everycorner of the city, with the centre of the action at the ruined 16th-century Badi Palace, once the heartof the powerful Saadian Dynasty. One of the most popular features is the "fantasia', a choreographedtrick horse-riding spectacle held each evening in a field near the Bab Jdid just outside the city walls.

Festival Dates June 20 - 24, 2012
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