Since 2008, the annual festival at Joujouka has taken place in June every summer and offers a unique opportunity to spend three days with the Master Musicians. Unlike any other, ours is a true micro-festival which has received rave coverage from Mojo, The Guardian, Liberation, the BBC, Al Jazeera and The Irish Times.
The Festival is all about offering a very small group of people the opportunity to live in Joujouka with the Masters as your hosts and experience the music in the village and spectacular landscape in which it belongs. People who speak French, Arabic and English and who have long, strong connections with the village are on hand to answer questions and make you feel as at home as possible. Because of the nature of the Festival, numbers have to be strictly limited to 50 people and this means it’s essential to book early if you want to have this incredible experience.
Flying to Morocco
If you’re only coming to Morocco for the Festival, the easiest thing to do is to fly to Tanger and take the train from Tanger Ville, a short taxi ride from the centre of Tanger. A taxi from Tanger to Joujouka costs 100 MAD. Should you be travelling in Morocco, Fez and Casablanca are four hours from El Ksar El Kebir, the nearest town to Joujouka, by train. Marrakesh is eight hours. Don’t fly to Agadir – there are no direct train connections.
Getting to Joujouka
We collect you at El Ksar El Kebir train station and return you when the festival is over. The station is around an hour from Joujouka. The Moroccan train service is actually pretty good and very cheap. You can find train times at www.oncf.ma, the website of the national rail network.
How long is the festival?
Due to high demand, we only offer three-day tickets for the full festival but if you really want to experience Joujouka and can only come for a shorter period of time, contact us and we’ll see what we can do.
What the ticket price includes
The Masters play for you and the village every night of the Festival on the stage which was purpose built for them and they spend most of the days playing. Music is part of the fabric of Joujouka and the essence of your experience. Your ticket includes transport from the railway station, three nights’ accommodation in the Masters’ homes, all your meals and drinks for the three days of the festival and breakfast on the day you leave. Alcohol is strictly prohibited. All accommodation arrangements will be made for you well before you arrive in Joujouka and, don’t worry, you won’t be sharing a room with strangers. One of the great treats of the Festival is the opportunity to enjoy home cooked Moroccan food, which is delicious. If you’re a vegetarian or vegan, no problem. Your hosts will often prepare snacks, which are meals in themselves.
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Master Musicians of Joujouka Festival 2-4 June 2023
After two years of absence and a small offering this year, The Master Musicians of Joujouka annual Festival is back in 2023 with a limited number of 50 places.
The festival begins on Friday, 2nd June 2023 with pick up at the nearest city of Ksar El Kebir around noon and by arrangement drop-off on the morning of Monday, 5th June back to the train station at Ksar El Kebir.
Ticket price is 485 Euro which includes pick up at Ksar El Kebir, accommodation, three meals a day and drop-off on 5th June.
Also included is three days and nights of music and a full immersion into the Joujouka experience.
Guests stay with Master Musicians and their families.
Performances are held at the Madrassa of the Master Musician of Joujouka in their village.
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Update: More news on the 2020 edition of the festival to follow
Update: 5 June 2020 –
Master Musicians of Joujouka 2020 Festival Postponed
Everyone with tickets who planned to attend the festival scheduled for 5-7 June 2020 has been contacted regarding this year’s event being postponed.
Frank Rynne, Manager of the Master Musicians of Joujouka, said: “I spoke to Ahmed El Attar, the rais of the Masters, and the situation in the village is that everyone must stay home except for a visit to the local market at Tatoft.”
“Therefore the 2020 festival will be postponed until 2021. We should have two options for dates next year.”
“I thank you for your confidence and look forward to welcoming you to Joujouka as soon as this crisis has abated.”
All deposits and tickets for 2020 will be valid for either the rescheduled festival dates in 2021 or in 2022.
The Master Musicians are in a very difficult and precarious position at the present time. Since 2008 the festival has provided them with the resources to run their affairs and more.
On what would have been the opening day of the festival Ergot Records reissued Into The Ahl Srif album, originally a vinyl-only release in 2015, digitally for the first time. The album can be downloaded from their Bandcamp page with all proceeds supporting the Master Musicians of Joujouka.
Download Into The Ahl Srif here: ergotrecords.bandcamp.com/album/into-the-ahl-Srif