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FESTIVALS AND EVENTS IN MOROCCO




International Film Festival of Marrakech
November-December

The International Film Festival of Marrakechis an international film festival held annually in Marrakech, Morocco. Since its inaugural year in 2000, the FIFM has been one of the biggest events devoted to Moroccan cinema. It is also the site of the principal photography of many international productions. The festival's jury gathers international writers, actors and personalities, and endeavors to reward the best Moroccan and foreign feature and short films. During its closing ceremony, the FIFM issues the following awards to the best movies, filmmakers and actors in the competition: Golden Star (Étoile d’or)/Grand prix, Ex-Aequo Jury Prize, Feminine Interpretation Prize, Masculine Interpretation Prize, Masculine Interpretation Prize.

Address: BP 14212 Riad Larrouss, Marrakech - Maroc
Tel: +212 524 43 24 93/94
E-mail: ffifm@lafondation.ma

Boulevard des Jeunes Musiciens
May

Boulevard des Jeunes Musiciens is a yearly held music festival contest organized in Casablanca, Morocco. The Boulevard was initially thought to be a competition aiming to reward the best formation in its own category. The festival lasts four days and it main categories include Electro, Hip Hop, Rock and Fusion. The afternoon typically features competitions between various young and new bands whilst in the evening well known groups are invited to perform.


Boulevard des Jeunes Musiciens


Islamic New Year
November-December

Islamic New Year is the day that marks the beginning of a new Islamic calendar year, and is the day on which the year count is incremented. The first day of the year is observed on the first day of Muharram, the first month in the Islamic calendar. The event also commemorates the death of the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson Imam Hussein who, along with his family and followers, was martyred by Umayyad Caliph Yazid I in the Battle of Karbala in 680 on the tenth day of Muharram. This is celebrated by Shi'a Muslims with public enactments of grief. Since the Islamic year is eleven to twelve days shorter than the Gregorian year, the Islamic new year does not come on the same day of the Gregorian calendar every year.

Marathon des Sables
April

This multiday race is held every year in southern Morocco, in the Sahara desert. It is considered the toughest foot race on Earth. The Marathon des Sables is a six-day, 251 km (156 mi) ultramarathon, which is the equivalent of six regular marathons. The longest single stage (2009) is 91 km (57 mi) long. In addition to that, competitors have to carry everything they will need for the duration (apart from a tent) on their backs in a rucksack (food, clothes, medical kit, sleeping bag etc). Water is rationed and handed out at each checkpoint. The heat, distance and rubbing will trash your feet and may cause severe trauma if incorrect shoes and equipment are used. Most competitors run for charity.


Marathon des Sables


The Rose Festival
May

In the Dades Valley in Morocco a small oasis town Kelaa-des-Mgouna is home to Morocco's largest rose water distillery plant. The entire town is fragrant and the spectacular harvest celebrated with song and dance. The Rose Festival takes place annually in the month of May, wherein rose farmers from far and wide assemble to celebrate the year’s crops. During the Rose Festival, a vibrant and colorful souk (market) comes up in the festivities zone, which is El Kelaa’s main thoroughfare. The Rose Festival is one of the most popular of the Morocco festivals & events and is an occasion for you to also soak in the breathtaking natural beauty of the region. The process of making rose water is quite impressive. In order to make one single litre of rose water, it is needed about 3,000 kilo rose petals. In all of Kelaa-des-Mgouna there are 4,200 km of rose hedges, and all of this has the capacity of only 1,400 litre of rose water.







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