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Address: Essaouira, Morocco
Event dates:
29 Jun 2017 - 2 Jul 2017
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Touted as an “African Woodstock” on its official website, the Essaouira...

Touted as an “African Woodstock” on its official website, the Essaouira Gnaoua and World Music Festival is about more than just the music. Bringing together indigenous Gnauoua musicians with renowned artists from all over the world, the festival celebrates the importance of music as a tool to preserve heritage and culture.

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I was lucky to be in Essaouira when this festival was taking place. There was a wonderful parade early evening, spectacular. The whole town had a marvellous atmosphere, people... read more

Reviewed 17 August 2016
Hampshire, United Kingdom
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Hampshire, United Kingdom
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52 reviews
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Reviewed 17 August 2016

I was lucky to be in Essaouira when this festival was taking place. There was a wonderful parade early evening, spectacular. The whole town had a marvellous atmosphere, people from all over were enjoying the music of which there was a great variety. Different from anything I have experienced before

Thank 847kitkat65
Montreal, Canada
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141 reviews
53 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 August 2016 via mobile

Loved everything about this festival: the music, the art galleries, the workshops, the hippie vibe... Essaouira, the birthplace of the Gnawi music, comes to life. It is the best festival in morocco. Not to be missed.

Thank NadiaStoti
Munich, Germany
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 18 May 2016

Essaouria was very crowded and almost booked out. Not my type of music. I would rather go on a different date.

Thank ThoHil
Aberystwyth, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 2016

Diverse programme of music from the main stage,intimate locations,and drifting down to the beach.Always crowded,plan ahead,and think safety in large crowds,get street wise,there are a lot of touts,especially on the promenade and beach. Prices are inflated,restaurants and bars packed,and the bank ATM's often run out of money,so go prepared.Safety is endorsed by the plain clothed touristique police,and the festival is... More 

Thank tazmaniandevil2016
Porto, Portugal
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30 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 October 2013

Essaouira is one of my favourite towns in Morocco. It is also the birthplace of Gnawa (or Gnaoua) music, a mystic world of spiritual rhythms. A partnership between the two in this great music festival is a fascinating experience for couples, families, and friends. And even if you come by yourself, you won't stay solo!

Thank ab_adnan
Glastonbury, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 October 2013

Having attended the festival a couple of years ago I would recommend it to all. It is suitable for families as well as music lovers. Great atmosphere and well organised musical entertainment. It is well worth buying the additional tickets for the fenced off area and for other events.

1 Thank L D
New York City, New York
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37 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 September 2013

The Gnaoua Festival is the best music Festival in Morocco. Essaouira is the ideal place to celebrate this music FEstiva.

1 Thank FredericoMeyer
York, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 July 2013

My second trip to this exciting festival and just as enjoyable as 2006. However, although this time there was more Moroccan music some ways the experience lacked the genuineness of our earlier visit. More of the music is in private ticketed venues which loses much of the excitement of the late-night jamming I had remembered from my last visit. But... More 

1 Thank Colin S
Atlanta, Georgia
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6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 July 2013

I love Gnaoua. I go every year and wouldn't miss it. It has an amazing history and is very touching. Much more than a music festival.

2 Thank joeman098
London, United Kingdom
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68 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 June 2013

The Gnaoua Festival is a great introduction to Gnaoua music if you don't know it but also features international jazz and world music performances, all run efficiently in readily accessible venues and brings a real buzz to Essaouira; enjoyed by locals and visitors alike. A real experience.

1 Thank John C

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