Fes Festival of World Sacred Music

Last Modified: Sat May 07 2016 22:46:27 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 50,000
    or so musicians, scholars and enthusiasts from around the globe, representing all of the world’s religions will be converging on a sacred 1,200-year-old city in North Africa. The city is Fes, Morocco and the people gather for the Fes Festival of World Sacred Music.
  • 1994
    The Moroccan philanthropist Faouzi Skali founded the Fes Festival of World Sacred Music in this year.
  • 20
    Over these many years, the week-long festival has provided choices that will satisfy anyone with an appetite for knowledge, art and spirituality. Often referred to as a “beacon of peace from the Islamic world,” it has been designated by the United Nations as one of the major cultural events of the world.
  • 700,000
    or so people have visited the festival over the years. Every evening, the palace courtyard of the 14th-century Bab Makina is filled with a sold-out crowd who gather to watch and hear performers who have included the now deceased Ravi Shankar, Malian superstar Salif Keita, and even Björk.
  • May 6-14, 2016
    This year’s theme is “Femmes Fondatrices”. Among the women celebrated are Fatima Al Fihriya (who founded the university in 859AD), the country’s notable 18th-century ruler, the scholar and diplomat Khnata Bent Bakkar, and Kenza El Awrabiya, whose 8th-century marriage to Moulay Idriss unified the Amazigh people and the Arabs, forming the basis of Moroccan society.
  • 14
    Indian artists will perform as part of the "Tribute to India" session. Each year the festival pays tribute to one country, this year it is India.