Marrakesh

Local Experts: Marrakesh, Maryam Montague

By Local Expert Maryam Montague

5 Best Festivals in Marrakesh

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Marrakesh International Film Festival

Marrakesh International Film Festival

This is one of the most important film festivals in Africa, with a jury made up of international actors and personalities, including the likes of Martin Scorsese and Susan Sarandon. The city’s central square, the Jemma el Fnaa, is transformed into an open-air cinema. Foreign visitors can enter the festival for free, by registering online.

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Marrakesh Biennale

Marrakesh Biennale

Taking place every two years, and spearheaded by Vanessa Branson (of the overly DNA endowed Branson family), this event brings artists from all over the world to share their work. Numerous conferences, interactive events, and exhibitions (visual art, literature, and performance art) are held around the city. 

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Marrakesh Popular Arts Festival

Marrakesh Popular Arts Festival

Anyone who wants to see the best of what Morocco has to offer shouldn’t miss this traditional festival with its Berber music, folk dancers and street performers from all around Morocco.   Held in the beautiful ruins of the Badi Palace, it’s a crash course in tribal culture.  In a word: awesome.

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FIA WTCC Race of Marrakesh

FIA WTCC Race of Marrakesh

Interested in three days of car racing in Marrakesh? This race is just one round of the World Touring Car Championship but it’s the only one of its kind in Africa. With a car collection exhibition and 140 supercars racing in the streets of Marrakesh, this show offers a serious adrenaline rush. 

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Sun Festival

Sun Festival

For all you music lovers, this festival is for you. Featuring local and foreign musicians with varying styles, this event lasts five days with venues all around Marrakesh.  It’s an ideal chance to explore the city, listen to some great music, and ahem, shake your booty Marrakesh-style.


Visit the 5 Best Festivals in Marrakesh

Sun Festival
Ouarzazat, Morocco
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FIA WTCC Race of Marrakesh
Route D'Ourika - Avenue 7eme Art, 40000 Marrakech, Morocco
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Marrakesh Popular Arts Festival
Ksibet Nhas, 40000 Marrakesh, Morocco
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Marrakesh Biennale
Ksibet Nhas, 40000 Marrakesh, Morocco
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Marrakesh International Film Festival
Place Jemaa el-Fna (Rue Riad Zitoun El Kedim), 40000 Marrakech, Morocco
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