Dar Bellarj

Gallery in Central Souqs

Image by Chris Griffiths Lonely Planet

Flights of fancy come with the territory at Dar Bellarj, a stork hospital (bellarj is Arabic for stork) turned into Marrakesh’s premier arts centre. Each year the nonprofit Dar Bellarj Foundation adopts a programme theme, ranging from film to women’s textiles and storytelling. Calligraphy demonstrations, art openings, craft exhibits and arts workshops are regular draws, and admission is usually free (there’s a charge for some events).

During Ramadan, the foundation also hosts a series of evening music concerts in the central courtyard.