As Fez is the spiritual capital of Morocco, it’s only fitting that the annual Festival of Sufi Culture should take place here each October. Sufism, the esoteric branch of Islam that promises bliss, mysticism and spiritual ecstasy, has a strong heritage in the country.
For centuries, the imperial city of Fez has been one of the world’s great craft centres. Along the medieval medina’s twisting alleyways, time-honoured traditions of leatherwork, brass etching, woodcarving and more have been handed down through the generations.
Beyond the walls of the prestigious Mohamed VI Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Rabat is becoming an open-air art gallery, with local and international street artists leaving their mark behind. Thanks largely to support from the annual Jidar Toiles des Rue festival and Montresso Art Foundation, large-scale murals are popping up around town on national institutions and residential blocks.