After the success of its grand opening night and the music and light show which took the public from Fez to one of the greatest sites of spirituality in the world, to discover the links between “architecture and the sacred”, the day Friday is looking great.
The program illustrates the spirit of a festival that invites cultural and musical encounters but also the discovery of rare places. Thus, during the hottest hours, it will be good to take shelter in the Aben Danan synagogue, a jewel of Judeo-Moroccan culture, erected in the 12th century. It is considered one of the most important places of Jewish worship in North Africa, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and completely renovated and open to visitors as a synagogue-museum. You can enjoy the magnificent recital by pianist Michaël Levinas and soprano Marion Grange, “Espenbaum”: a cycle of melodies on texts by the Romanian poet Paul Celan.
In the afternoon, festival-goers will head to Jnane Sbil, the green lung of Fez, made up of nine lush gardens on seven hectares created in the 18th century by Sultan Moulay Abdellah and will be able to meditate while listening to mystical and philanthropic music. of the Al Zawya Ensemble. This spiritual song from the Sultanate of Oman will offer them an experience of “Samaâ” which tends to raise the human being in gratitude, love and peace.
Later, in the heart of the medina, in the former governor’s residence, Dar Adiyel, now restored and housing the conservatory of traditional Andalusian music, the evening will begin with the Chamber Choir of Morocco. Led by the excellent Amine Hadef, a singer trained in choir conducting, the choir of 25 singers, accompanied by period instruments, will perform a selection of works, notably from the Baroque repertoire.
And finally, it is under the starry sky covering the warm night on the esplanade of Bab Makina, that the sublime “Roohani Sisters” will perform. Soloists Jagriti Luthra Prasanna and Neeta Pandey Negi will be accompanied by 16 musicians, but also by mezzo-soprano Ariana Vafaderi and traditional “Kathak” dancer Rinku Bhattacharya Das.
Bathed in the traditions of Indian Sufism and Jugalbandi classical music, the two sisters perpetuate this art in fascinating and moving shows, creating a unique bond with their audience, which they lead into a powerful surge of spiritual elevation.
All information on the artists, venues and access to the ticket office can be found on the website www.fesfestival.com or on the Fesfestival app available on Applestore and Android.