Created during the unprecedented period of the COVID 19 pandemic we have hosted more than two hundred tellers and poets from every continent in an extravaganza approaching a thousand hours of performance. Our project is hosted in Marrakech, the magical Red City with a tradition of storytelling as old as the nearby Atlas Mountains. We are delighted that the next steps in this adventure lead to the Marrakech International Storytelling Festival from 12 to 20 February 2022 with performances in a number of venues including cafes, museums and historic riads. More than forty of the worlds best kown storytellers and poets will tell in languages including English, Darija and Amazigh. There will also be workshops, educational outreach, socialising and opportunities for all to learn, grow and tell. Fix these dates in your diary and start planning now to join what promises to be an unforgettable event.
Marrakech is a mediaeval walled city, the accommodation that is unique to this part of the world are its famous riads, atmospheric houses built around private courtyard gardens that typically have around five or six bedrooms. These intimate spaces offer a very personal brand of hospitality and a perfect setting for storytelling.
The wonderful festival partner Riads below are just as excited about the festival as our storytellers, together our aim is get the medina buzzing with stories and contribute to the restart of tourism after the pandemic.
Our partner Riads have supported us by each donating a room for a teller, you can support them by BOOKING DIRECT and staying with them to immerse yourself in the Festival experience.
Wellness Riad Nahla (opening January 2022)
If you run a Marrakech Riad and you would like to explore partnering with the festival please contact us firstname.lastname@example.org . This would involve providing a complimentary room on a B&B basis. You and all your guests will have access to festival events. Naturally the storyteller based with you will be pleased to tell in your riad whether that’s a cosy private telling for residents or it might be appropriate to open up to wider attendees and include on the festival calendar.
We will be asking all visitors to the festival, storytellers and listeners alike, to bring with them any spare clothes that they have. We will coordinate collection and Marrakech based storyteller Zouhair Kasnaoui will lead distribution in the City but also the surrounding villages.
Secondly we will greatly appreciate any old but still functioning laptops tablets or smartphones as well as BOOKS! which we can use in the henna café education programme. Post pandemic the emergency soup kitchen will close at henna café and we will pivot back to our original mission of free education to the local community.