This Sunday marks the first edition of the Marrakech International Storytelling Festival, a week-long series of events respecting and building upon a tradition of storytelling that is as old as the Red City itself. The Guest of Honour will be Haj. Ahmed Ezzarghani, the most revered of the master storytellers in the Marrakech tradition.

The festival is multilingual with telling in English as well as many other languages including Darija and Amazigh. Three workshops are planned including a session on women in storytelling. All events will be unticketed and free of charge to make them as inclusive as possible.

A highlight of the festival will be on Wednesay 18th February with a procession from Dar Bellarj to the Jemaa El Fnaa square. Throughout the evening five storytelling circles will operate simultaneously, each overseen by one of the five surviving master storytellers of Marrakech. All the festival tellers will participate as well as some honoured guests.

Venues include: Jemaa El Fnaa, Al Muniya Centre, Caf  Clock, World Storytelling Cafe, Cafe Arabe, Dar Bellarj, Henna Cafe, University Cadi Ayyad, Complex Mohamed VI de Habous.

We encourage any of our members currently in Marrakech to attend and support this exciting inaugural event!

Storytelling Festival – Programme