The 21st Fes Festival of Sacred Music kicks off!

Copyright Mandy Sinclair

With An African Reflection as the theme of this year’s Fes Festival of Sacred Music and the opening concert entitled Fes: In search of Africa, it was no surprise that we were taken on a musical and cultural journey through Morocco and in to Africa. As we gathered in a centuries-old palace under a clear starry … Continue reading

The countdown to the Essaouira Gnaoua and World Music Festival is on!

Marionettes at the Gnaoua World Music Festival, Essaouira

Locals gathered around in the streets, on the rooftops and over gates. It was my first festival and I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. But as the Gnaoua musicians began to fill the streets with rhythmic music that had us dancing in the streets, I knew I wouldn’t be disappointed. One Gnaoua group after another paraded … Continue reading

Julien Marinetti at La Mamounia Marrakech

Julien Marinetti at La Mamounia in Marrakech Morocco, Copyright Mandy Sinclair

Perhaps best known for Doggy John, pop artist Julien Marinetti’s large bronze sculpture greets guests upon arrival at Marrakech’s La Mamounia. But step inside this grand hotel where one of the beautifully coloured panda bears will greet you in the lobby. You’ll meet penguins wandering through the beautiful black-and-white patio. Head out to the gardens, … Continue reading

A weekend in Rabat, the capital of Morocco

Rabat Morocco, Copyright Mandy Sinclair

It was one of the first stops on my 22-day trip to Morocco back in 2010. Although I was immediately in love with the Kingdom, I also remember enjoying my visit to Rabat. Sadly, as was the case on my tour, the capital city is often given only a half-day stop on most itineraries. So … Continue reading