Friday, April 12, 2013

June in Fes - why not?

Sacred Song, Sacred Story.
A writer and artist’s retreat at the Fes Sacred Music Festival, June 7-15.

In January 2013 Jan Cornall brought her first group of writers to Morocco on a 12 day journey from Fes to Marrakech via Cafe Tissardmine, an artist’s retreat near Erg Chebbi.

Two days in Fes was all she needed to know wanted to come back as soon as possible.

Jan returns this June with another group of writers and artists in tow. Each morning her writing and creativity workshops will take their inspiration from afternoon and evening concerts at the Fes Sacred Music Festival.

Coumbane Mint Ely Warakane will sing desert poems called 'griot'at the festival.

Jan is inviting writers and artists of all genres: poets, songsters, novelists, travel writers, visual artists, performers, photojournalists; anyone who is interested in exploring the relationship between sound and voice, story and song, composition and structure as well as other synergies between music, art and writing craft.

The morning workshops will take place on the terrace at Riad Rcif,  a wonderfully restored former palace in the heart of the Fes medina. Participants can stay at Riad Rcif or choose the budget option  to arrange their own accommodation.

The news that poet, chanteuse and rock’n roll story teller Patti Smith would headline the festival gave Jan’s plans the extra impetus.  A fan from way back, Jan harbours a secret fantasy that Patti might just have time to pop in to read at a morning workshop. There’s no harm in dreaming!

If you want to join Jan’s retreat it is important to book asap. All info here.
About Jan Cornall here.

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