The Fes Festival of World Sacred Music 2013 the Stars Are out in Fes

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Patti Smith and Paco de Lucia headline eight days of musical magic in Morocco's world heritage city.

One of the best-loved music festivals in the world has attracted a star-studded lineup for its 19th edition. Headlining The Fes Festival of World Sacred Music this year is the celebrated American singer-poet Patti Smith and the legendary flamenco guitarist from Spain, Paco de Lucia. From 7 to 15 June, visitors will gather in Morocco’s ancient spiritual, cultural and intellectual capital, for a feast of musical offerings from around the world in a fascinating diversity of venues.

The 2013 theme Reflections of Andalusia is celebrated on the opening night at the Bab Makina with Love Is My Religion - a specially commissioned dance, poetry and musical extravaganza directed by the dance maestro Andres Marin.

Afternoon concerts are staged at the Batha Museum. This location features solo performers and smaller ensembles. This year the festival welcomes Nomadic voices from the steppes of Mongolia and the mountains of Sardinia, a Turkish musical journey with a Byzantine choir and whirling dervishes, together with musicians from Egypt, France, Lebanon, Mauritania, Syria, South Africa and Morocco.

For the three Nights in the Medina visitors roam the alleyways of the old city. As they walk from one concert to another, they are immersed in a way of life that remains almost the same as it was in medieval times.

Nights in the Medina performances include Pandit Shyam Sundar Goswami from India, the Jewish-Muslim El Gusto ensemble from Algeria, sacred songs from the kingdom of Bhutan and the Fado talent of Portugal's Ana Moura.

Many international visitors choose to join the citizens of Fes who gather in the thousands at Place Boujloud for the free concerts staged as the Festival in the City.

Sufi ensembles from Morocco and beyond conjure up mystical ecstasy with music, chanting and support from enthusiastic audiences at late Sufi Night events.

The Fes Festival of World Sacred Music was founded in 1994 by Faouzi Skali, Director General of The Spirit of Fes Foundation and Mohamed Kabbaj. Their aim was to create a focal point for peaceful collaboration between people of all races and religions, rooted in spiritual and humanitarian values.

For further information please contact:
Eziza Sid’Ahmed (Morocco) | +212 661 255 647 | gestion(dot)presse(at)espritdefes(dot)com
Zeyba Rahman (Asia/North America) | +1 646 732 7199 | z(dot)rahman(at)espritdefes(at)com
Mary Finnigan (UK) | +44 7808 988 405 | mary(dot)finnigan(at)gmaildot()com

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