Visit Marrakech’s Art and Film Festivals and the New Musee Yves Saint Laurent in 2017 Staying at Almaha Marrakech
19 Dec 2016
- Marrakech’s oldest neighbourhood, the Kasbah, is home to independent design focused Almaha Marrakech
- Inspired by the poem ‘L’invitation au voyage’, the hotel offers the perfect creative setting for a holiday of cultural discoveries
- The much anticipated Musee Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech is scheduled to open Autumn 2017
Marrakech is one of Africa’s finest cities to explore art and film festivals which have grown in popularity in recent years.
In March the city turns magical, literally. Illusionists and wizards among other professionals in the magic field, fill Marrakech for the annual International Magician Festival, the largest in the world. The setting couldn’t be any more magical. Whether visitors get lost in them figuratively or literally, the world-famous souks are a key part of any visit to Marrakech. In this network of connecting alleyways guests will find the air heady with the scent of mint, lemon and olives, as the multi-coloured lanterns, traditional slippers, rich rugs and leather bags catch the eye. Front doors to homes are themselves individual works of art. The whole of the souks are magical.
In July, Marrakech hosts the annual Marrakech Popular Arts Festival which takes place across the city, with many street performances including Moroccan folk dancing. Throughout the year, fans of photography can also explore the historic El Badi Palace, home to the Marrakech Museum for Photography and Visual Art (MMPVA). The building housing changing modern exhibitions, is the vast ruined palace which features outdoor sculpture pieces by Moroccan Fatiha Zemmouri. As guests walk around the ruins, Zemmouri’s striking installations, include a massive, meteor-like rock made of polystyrene and plaster wedged between two walls, wonderfully eye-catching.
Then in December, the stars descend on Marrakech for the Marrakech International Film Festival which showcases the best in African and Arab cinema. One of the highlights for visitors during this time is witnessing the famous Jemaa El-Fnaa square being turned into a huge open air cinema.
Almaha Marrakech was unveiled in early 2016 and celebrates Moroccan craftsmanship throughout. Charles Kaisin the architect, actually drew inspiration for Almaha Marrakech from Charles Baudelaire’s famous poem ‘L’invitation au voyage’. All of Almaha Marrakech showcases work by local artisans, many on the hotel’s doorstep. Small enough to give guests an individually tailored experience, Almaha Marrakech offers a range of luxurious facilities. From the underground hammam and spa, to the vast roof top terrace with individual spaces for the 12 bedrooms, where guests can take breakfast, or enjoy the swimming pool. The riad also features a stunning guest only restaurant ‘The Library’ and a design focused bar ‘The Pixel Room’.
Designed in the 1920s and 1930s, the Jardin Majorelle is a cool, tranquil spot. The bright colours are striking throughout with the floor painted a welcoming sea colour/Majorelle blue whilst orange flower pots add to the tropical feel. Restored by Yves Saint Laurent, today guests can visit a memorial dedicated to him. The garden is a living work of art filled with exotic plants. The Musee Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech will open in the autumn of 2017 and is expected to showcase Saint Laurent’s love affair with Morocco.
Some uniquely designed areas by Charles Kaisin at Almaha Marrakech include:
The Pixel Room – The energy of the Jemaa el-Fnaa square – and the countless people who cross and interact inside it daily – is rendered still and peaceful in 23,000 padded cubes of coloured silk. It took 20 people to assemble, one by one, all the pieces and guests could spend hours in this unique room.
The Library – It took well over a month for the 1,083 books in the library to be folded to recreate the poem that inspired Charles Kaisin. The pages of all these French literature books have been expertly folded but not damaged, and are still able to be read. Each book is folded to form a letter. With all these letters together, guests can discover and read the whole poem.
The Patio – located on the ground floor, the patio is draped in white curtains that reflect off a green tiled water display, which fills each evening, illuminating the stars. The gentle lighting through traditional lanterns makes this a very romantic setting for an evening photograph under the night sky.
No other city does entertainment quite like Marrakech. Combine a stay at a unique hotel and enjoy this vibrant city’s unique agenda of events.
Derb Ben Zina 55 – 40040 La Kasbah, Marrakech – Morocco +21 252 4386782
Accommodation, breakfast, return airport transfers, afternoon mint teas and pastries from €310.00 per room per night