Arts and Culture

Dar Cherifa

This 16th-century town house is a cultural centre and holds regular exhibitions of foreign and local artists, often with Gnawa musicians (see p11) performing on opening nights. Its small library contains art and heritage books which you can browse through while enjoying some tea or coffee.

Marrakech International Film Festival

Sponsored by movie fan King Mohammed VI, the festival was launched in 2001 and is held in November. Guests who have walked the red carpet include Martin Scorsese and Sean Connery. www.festival-marrakech.com

Café du Livre

The city’s only Englishlanguage bookstore, the Café du Livre is also a popular restaurant with WiFi and games. There is a permanent collection of books on Morocco or by Moroccan authors. The bookshop also hosts author readings and book signing events.

Arts in Marrakech Festival

Primarily a literary festival, AiM is held the weekend before the international film festival, with art events and exhibitions also featuring.

Galerie Rê

This is a contemporary art gallery at the northern end of the New City and holds regularly changing exhibitions of local artists. The owner, Lucien Viola, a renowned interMarrakech International Film Festival national collector of carpets, also has plans to open a contemporary art museum. • Résidence El Andalous III, cnr rue de la Mosquée & rue Ibn Toumert, Guéliz • 0524 43 22 58 •

Théâtre Royal

Created by architect Charles Boccara, this building is a modern adaptation of traditional Islamic models. Sadly, the 1,200-seat venue is rarely occupied. Nearly 15 years after its design was first undertaken, it remains incomplete due to lack of funds.

Kssour Agafay

Usually meaning a fortified village, here kssour refers to a restored private town house in the medina. A private members’ club, it opens to the public for Sufi music events, readings and exhibitions. 52 Sabet Graoua, off rue Mouassine, Medina • 0524 42 70 00 • www.kssouragafay.com

Marrakech Festival of Popular Arts

Troupes from all over Morocco perform at this annual celebration of Berber music and dance held in June or July. Don’t miss the magnificent fantasia, a charge of Berber horsemen, outside the ramparts near the Bab El Jedid. www.maghrebarts.ma

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