After the announcement of the return of the Marrakech International Film Festival, as well as the Festival of Sacred Music in Fez, the question arises for the other major cultural and entertainment events organized in Morocco before the pandemic.
Médias24 interviewed the promoters of the events Jazzablanca, Tanjazz, Marrakech laughter and you Essaouira festival, who intend to perform in 2022. As for the organizers of the festivals Mawazine Where Oasis, they reveal to us that there will be no edition before 2023.
The Oasis festival postponed due to lack of time to book the artists
Asked to understand the reasons for the non-programming of the electronic music festival, an informed source close to the management of Oasis explained to us that such an event required very precise preparation, which could not leave room for any improvisation.
According to our interlocutor, the uncertainties linked to the Omicron variant until the end of 2021 would not have made it possible to progress correctly on several essential points, such as the artistic program or the place which will be able to host the event in Marrakech.
And to continue that when we know that it takes a minimum of 9 months to book internationally renowned DJs, it was deemed preferable to postpone it until the organization officially communicates on a return date from the Oasis festival.
“Mawazine, a big machine that cannot restart in four months”
Same story on the side of a organizer of the Mawazine-Rhythms of the World Festival, for whom this meeting will not be able to restart in 2022, in the absence of a long preparation.
“With air borders that just reopened barely two months ago, it is impossible for us to organize everything in just four months, knowing that artist reservations require at least ten months. »
Based on this observation and the fact that the ban on outdoor festivals has still not been officially lifted by the authorities, there will be no edition in June 2022.
When asked why the Festival of Sacred Music in Fez, which is also held in open places, had won an authorization, our source explains that this meeting will be held in a restricted format, namely for a period of four days. instead of ten previously.
“Jazzablanca and Tanjazz are just waiting for the authorizations”
Unlike his colleagues who will, for lack of time, postpone the holding of their events until 2023, the promoter Moulay Ahmed Alami who produces the festivals by Jazzablanca and Tanjazz tells us that it’s over ready, and that its teams are only waiting for administrative authorizations to get started.
“As the December decree which prohibits their holding has still not been lifted, we are waiting. We know that the Popular Arts Festival of Marrakech, organized by the Ministry of Culture, will take place from 1is to July 5, and that that of Timitar in Agadir was also confirmed in mid-July, ”says our source.
“We are impatient to get the authorizations, because the programming of Jazzablanca, which should be held at the beginning of July, and that of Tanjazz, scheduled for the end of September, are very advanced at 90%”, confides Alami, who hopes that his teams will not be not faced with a postponement of the scheduled dates.
“In June 2022, the Essaouira festival will take the form of a national tour”
According to a loyal sponsor of the Essaouira Gnaoua and World Music Festivalthe postponement of major annual meetings, such as those of Mawazine and Oasis, is also and above all explained by the difficulty in finding sponsors in a post-health crisis period marked by uncertainty.
“If it takes several months to book artists, the most difficult thing for a promoter is first of all to find the necessary funding to pay for fees, staff, infrastructure… This is why the organizers of the festival ‘Essaouira are working on a tour project, with concerts of Gnaoua and world music which will take place in several cities in Morocco throughout the month of June,’ says our source.
To sum up, it is the festival that will reach its audience in closed rooms, and in open places whose access will be well controlled, specifies this sponsor. It will therefore be necessary to wait until 2023 to find a classic edition of the Gnaoua and World Music Festival in the city of Essaouira.
“The Marrakech du Rire will take place during the summer period”
Finally, we learn from a source close to the organization of Marrakech du Rire that this event will take place in summer, but we will have to wait to find out more.
“We will have to wait until Monday April 11 to find the format that will be selected on the Marrakech du Rire site, as well as the artists scheduled and the dates of the shows for each of them”, indicates our source.