Event Programme

 

The festival will take place over three days from Friday 26th November until the evening of Sunday 28th November. Up to date details of the festivals individual events and their timings are available online on the festival website and on our Vamoos App.

Each day’s interviews, talks and discussions will take place at a different venue of great cultural and architectural interest in the medina. All of these events are free and open to the public on a first come first served basis. Audience capacity will be limited by the Covid restrictions applicable at the time. Main events will be filmed and available on the festival Facebook page.

Each morning one of our guest culinary writers and chefs will hold a demonstration or lesson at the Maison Arabe Cooking School, which dates from 1946 and today boasts a spacious kitchen with every modern facility.

Tickets for the lessons are available from the Maison Arabe and are limited to 20 places.

Our partners, the Council for Moroccans Abroad (CCME), will be running a series of children’s workshops throughout the weekend and Calliope will run a pop-up festival English bookshop situated close to the Djemaa El Fna.

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Friday 26th November

The venue for the opening day of the festival will be Kssour Agafay, a 16th century riad of outstanding architectural interest that was once a private home belonging to a Moroccan noble family.

Hassan M’Souli, a Moroccan Australian chef and culinary author, will be the morning’s guest at the Maison Arabe Cooking School.

A complimentary evening aperitif, celebrating a new translation by Eland Publishing of A Moroccan Trilogy by Jerome and Jean Tharoaud will be held at Riad El Fenn for VIP Pass holders and the festival’s guest authors.

Riad El Fenn is an exclusive boutique hotel featuring stunning architecture and contemporary art in a space curated by legendary architect Amine Kabbaj.

Saturday 27th November

Saturday’s venue for talks and interviews will be Dar Cherifa, historically known as Dar Ijimi another spectacular Saadian period house that has been restored and converted into a cultural center.

During the morning the Maison Arabe will host a cooking lesson by Anissa Helou, international award-winning culinary author, journalist and chef.

The British Academy School Marrakech, Morocco’s first fully recognized British International School, will host a school open day for parents and children. There will be a full day of children’s events and exhibitions in the company of the MEBF children’s book guest authors and illustrators including the international award winning illustrator Maya Fidawi from the Lebanon, celebrated authors Amina Hachimi Alaoui and Allison Ofanansky and British Council authors.

In the evening there will be a sumptuous gala dinner in the company of the festival’s guest authors in aid of the MEBF’s official charity Education For All Morocco.

The dinner will be hosted by Mr. Simon Martin, British Ambassador, and his wife Sophie.

The gala dinner will be a paying event open to anyone wishing to attend. Tickets and details will be available online on the festival website.

Sunday 28th November

The Dar Bellarj Cultural Center, owned and operated by the Susanna Biedermann Foundation, will host the closing day’s talks, discussion and interviews.

During the morning the Maison Arabe will host a cooking lesson by Fayçal Bettioui, Michelin starred chef of the Krone Restaurant in Neupotz Germany.

The Djemaa El Fna, UNESCO World Heritage site and Marrakech’s historic and cultural heart will be the scene of a day of children’s story telling in the square hosted by the World Story-telling Café, the Oliver Writers Collective and the Cadi Ayyad University.

Closing invitation only party for the MEBF’s guest authors, partners and sponsors.