Countries in the north of Africa all seem to have a tasteful array of options when it comes to having a swell tourist experience. From the gigantic Giza pyramids in the land of the Pharoah’s down to the green mountains in Libya as well as the religious monuments in Algeria, Arab Africa is fast becoming top choice holiday destination, even now as highly recommended as other member nations in the Middle East similar to them in popular religion and cultural origin.

In Morocco, there is the popular arts festival in the city of Marrakesh where tourists gather every year to experience the beauty and magic of one of the most fascinating North African historic cultural expeditions. A premium North African experience to say the least!

A joint display of performers at the Marrakesh festival of arts

The Marrakech Popular Arts Festival attracts entertainers, artists and visitors from destinations across the world especially Europe and Asia. It has become a festival known for its wonderful variety of fire-swallowers, fortune-tellers, story-tellers, singers, snake charmers, dancers, acrobats, craftsmen, trick horse riders, theater performers and musicians.

To accommodate all these acts and shows, historical sites such as the El Badi Palace ruins have to sacrifice their tranquil, deserted isolation for a few entertaining days. The grounds of the El Badi Palace are enormous and give visitors a sense of its former grand and luxurious past. El Badi hosts most of the events that take place during the festival, with some of the main events taking place in the city’s main square, Djemaa el Fna.

A folk dancer performing at the festival

During this festive period which usually holds either in June or July every year, the city of Marrakesh is usually more frenzied and energetic. This Moroccan city is alive with street vendors, locals, tourists, shops, stores and attractions. Amongst the bustle of city life, tourists usually escape to quieter sights such as the gardens of the Saadian Tombs or the peaceful grounds of the Majorelle gardens.

The El Baddi-Ksibat Nhass Palace 

The Popular Arts Festival is one of the most popular attractions in Marrakech, as it combines modern entertainment with ancient folk dances, traditional Berber musicians and the enchantment of belly dancers.

The Djemma El Fna market square 

It brings all the corners of Morocco together in one event, with the cultures of all the various regions melting together to create a visual and sensory extravaganza of sound, color and rhythm.

The Saadian Tombs

The Majorelle Gardens

When deciding on which attractions to visit in Marrakech, do not forget to mark this spectacular event on the calendar. It is an event and artistic festival adventure that visitors should not miss!

credits: Sam Adedoyin/ToluRock