Truth be told, you will never get bored in Rabat. Although it is smaller than Fez and Casablanca, the administrative capital of Morocco has plenty to offer to tourists and visitors. Most of the tourist attractions are well described in tourist guides, such as Lonely Planet and Trip Advisor.
However, one of the best kept secrets of Rabat is its rich and fascinating cultural life. Although information about events could be found on a number of online platforms, it is usually in French and public advertisement is rare. Yet, cultural events are great for meeting new people and feeling the spirit of the city. What better way to understand Morocco and its people than exploring its art, music and culture? That’s why we have decided to put together a concise guide to the cultural events taking place in the capital this summer. Regardless of whether you like stomping your feet to the jamming beat or exploring the artistic and historic treasures, this short list will provide you with all the information you need. There are many things to do in Morocco. So pick your favorites and start planning your summer now with the first bunch of great cultural activities!
International Film Festival (24 June- 2 July)
Movie – lover? Then the International Film Festival is THE event to attend this summer!
The festival is held annually in Rabat and is one of most renowned cultural events in the capital. This year 18 movies from all over the world will be projected, followed by an award ceremony. The organizers have also included special short film screenings and writing scenario workshops. The idea is to shake things up a bit and make the festival more interactive. And fun it shall be.
Festival Hip Hop Family (01-31 July)
Do you just love the hip hop beat or are you interested in its use as a social development tool? Either way, you may be interested in the Hip Hop Family Festival.
The festival is held annually and this year Rabat will host the third edition under the slogan: ‘Urban music in service of Human Development’. The festival is aimed at promoting social and cultural development and gives amateurs the opportunity to present the diverse representations of hip hop. It is also a great place to meet young artists and to have a pleasant chat in an informal and vibrant environment.
Festival Mawazine (01-31 May 2015)
If you happen to be in Morocco in May, why not shaking it in the rhythm of the world?
The Mawazine Festival is one of the major music events of the year with over 40 participants from different parts of the world. Over 100 performances are scheduled during the festival in almost every musical genre- ethno, jazz, pop, hip-hop, soul, not to mention the world class dance performances. The festival is a one-of-a- kind opportunity to explore the sound of the world in the heart of Rabat.