“Music is a world within its self, it is a language we all understand” Stevie wonder
Being in a country with a cultural diversity like Morocco means having different types of Moroccan Music, from north to south there are many different types of music from one to another. Through this article, you will know the top music festivals in Morocco that worth to travel for, you will have an idea of types of Music in addition of the cultural event that happens during some of these festivals.
Many travelers would love to discover Major events in Morocco while visiting the famous Essaouira, Marrakech, Casablanca, Fes, and the Sahara desert, why not? when you know that Morocco has over 10 international festivals of Music and cultural museums.
Gnaoua world music festival
This festival is held in Essaouira, southwest of Marrakech, one of the best festivals in Morocco that hosts international musicians in the world with this unique Gnaoua type of music in beautiful harmony and bonding. This colorful musical and cultural event in the heart of Morocco attracts 300,000 people each year.
Each May this Music festival in Morocco invites you to the music quality that may bring you pure pleasure. In addition, being in Essaouira its self with its artistic Medina and amazing weather, it’s surely one of the amazing music festivals in Morocco to explore.
Taragalte music festival
One of Morocco’s desert festivals held in the Sahara of Mhamid, to celebrate the nomad culture this festival happens under the stars of the desert. This Moroccan Music festival is truly one of the cultural festivals that invites you to Local traditional dance performances and gain a deeper insight into nomadic life in Morocco while you can explore the Erg Chegaga if you love to go farther to the big dunes
The festival Taragalte usually happens at the beginning of November, stands for 3-4 days full of joy and entertainment. Many Moroccan would camp around the dunes which makes this festival a little like the “burning man” in the western United States
Timitar Music Festival
At the beginning of July, Timitar hosts some of the best Amazigh music with the world’s international music for 4 days in different parts of Agadir. One of the biggest festivals in Morocco where you can truly enjoy the varied music of the world near the fabulous beach of Agadir.
From the first edition back in 2004 Timitar festival become very famous worldwide, hosts over 500000 people every year.
Mawazine Festival in Rabat and Salé
One of the major celebrations in Morocco’s capital Rabat and worldwide, with an estimation of 2.5 million visitors, featuring local and international music artists. The festival’s goal is to promote the image of Morocco as a tolerant nation.
Merzouga International Music Festival
Hosted in one of the best deserts in Morocco, around the Magical dunes of Erg Chebbi, Worth exploring and traveling for while exploring the region of the Sahara in Morocco. With the charming culture of the local people, the varied music in the opening air, this festival brings joy to its visitors every year.
The region also offers several activities including camel riding, quad biking, spending a night in a luxury camp… which makes this desert music festival worth traveling for. for photography in Morocco, this festival offers a unique opportunity to capture the unique landscape of the Sahara desert and the festival moments every day.
Imilchil Wedding Festival
Conceded the best cultural Morocco festival which held in the heart of the Atlas mountains, Each September, the surrounding tribes, Aït Sokham and Aït Bouguemmaz celebrate the Imilchil Marriage Festival, held in Souk Aam and Agdoud N’Oulmghenni. In addition to the variety of music that is hosted for few days, the festival is an opportunity for marriage for the people of the region.
Following a similar Romeo and Juliet–style tragedy that is stuck in the mind of people around this region. The tribes agreed to allow their young to meet and marry freely at the tomb of Sidi Mohammed Maghani, the Ait Haddidou people’s patron saint. the Wedding festival of Imilchil offers you a unique vacation trip to explore the culture of tribes in this region as well as some of the beautiful lakes in Morocco that are worth visiting.
Rose festival in Kalaat Mgouna
Celebrating the harvest of Roses at the beginning of May each ear this festival is a traveling opportunity to southeast Morocco, this festival hopes to provide more than just a music festival experience with their debut but an immersive experience to remember. The Rose festival also is a chance to get the best cosmetic product roses, made from this valley with over 4000 tones of roses production every year!
The Moroccan rose festival happens in the town of Kaal M’gouna, which hosts a lot of entertainment from traditional dances to choosing Morocco’s Miss rose and a lot more! makes this festival a special culture event to get in touch with deep Moroccan culture.
Fes Festival of World Sacred Music
Fes Festival or world sacred music is All faiths and traditions meet each year to celebrate the best of each nation and culture of its sacred traditions. 10-day celebration held in mid-summer (late May or early June) that takes place in the imperial city of Fes, Every year the festival celebrates artists from Muslim, Jewish, Christian, Hindu, and other faiths to perform together in a spirit of mutual respect and collaboration.
Fes offers some of the best cultural tours around its Medina, one of the oldest Medina in Morocco that is worth exploring.
This festival is held over nine days every year in Casablanca in April and presents many jazz-fusion concerts. It hosts Moroccan and international jazz singers.
In addition to the concerts, the public can participate in jazz initiation workshops, meetings with artists (reserved for VIP guests), improvised musical sessions, and musical parades in the streets.