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Recently celebrating its 16th year and held in June (20-23 in 2013), Essaouira's Gnawa Music Festival is draws visitors to the seaside town from near and far. The festival still has the atmosphere of a local / Moroccan event --- for local families this is an opportunity to celebrate together -- adults and children.
The Gnawa music is a combination of traditional African rhythms and sounds--using drums, and other native instruments--and the Eastern-style music of Morocco. This Festival showcases several Gnawa bands over a period of a few days. It is a free event held in public parks and on stages set up in the streets. You can sample traditional African and Moroccan foods, dance and have a good time.
Festival - little girl dancing with her mother
Moroccan family heading for the festival
Photography Exhibition at Dar Souiri
‘MON ESSAOUIRA’ Dar Souiri
2 Avenue du Caire, Essaouira
Opens Saturday 24th November 2012, 7pm – 9pm Monday 26th November – Saturday 1st December 20129 am – 12 pm, 3pm – 7pm
An exhibition of photographs by nine local under-privileged teenagers
showing Essaouira through their eyes, giving a unique perspective to
their city. All the teenagers pictures are for
saleto benefit their own education.