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Gnaoua Festival 2018

  • Essaouira, Morocco
  • 21-23 June 2018
  • Alternative
  • Jazz
  • Multi-Genre
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Gnaoua Festival 2018

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A North African extravaganza

Gnaoua Festival is an eclectic music, arts and culture festival in the Moroccan port city of Essaouira.

Deeply rooted in North African styles, sounds and traditions, the festival is a vibrant and immersive experience, filling the city's streets, squares, docks and performance venues with a fantastic extravaganza of sound and colour. 

The lineup also extends beyond traditional local rhythms to include contemporary funk, blues, jazz and soul both from Africa and from further afield, transforming Essaouira into a musical, artistic and cultural hub over the course of four days.


  • Asma Hamzaoui
  • Fatoumata Diawara
  • Benin International Musical
  • Snarky Puppy
  • Maâlem Hamid El Kasri
  • Maâlem Hassan Boussou
  • Said Boulhimas
  • Abdelmalek El Kadiri
  • Mohammed Boumazzough
  • Moulat El Tayeb Adhbi
  • Tariq Ait Hmitti
  • Hicham Merchane
  • Houssam Guinea
  • Shabaka Hutchings
  • Nguye Le
  • Omar Barkaoui
  • Ismael Rahil
  • Brahim Hamam
  • Khalid Sansi

+ more artists to be announced

Gnaoua Festival takes place in Essaouira, a port city on Morocco's Atlantic coast, famed for its bustling streets and beautiful beaches. The city is also a designated UNESCO World Heritage site.


Various Venues, Essaouira, Morocco


Most international flights will arrive into Marrakech. From there, you can take a taxi or bus onto Essaouira, however the journey will take over 2 and a half hours and will cost around £50, while a bus from Marrakech city centre will cost much less (around £3), but will take longer. 


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Gnaoua Festival 2018

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