Hosted in Rabat, Mawazine takes attendees on a music journey. While there is an emphasis on Moroccan artistes, the international likes of Whitney Houston, Elton John, Kanye West, Kylie Minogue and Stevie Wonder have appeared here. Big names aside, stars from many countries (at least 40 in 2015) have featured along with a variety of genres. After all, diversity and exchange is the aim. The event attracts a huge response from foreign media and there is no shortage of shows (118 in 2015).
This event is also not only your chance to see a diverse range of music and artists, but to see break-through opportunities for Middle Eastern rap and hip-hop acts that are generally not accepted by mainstream Islam. Unique experiences await in Morocco, the North-Western edge of Africa and also home to Casablanca, Marrakesh, amazing history, a diverse population, architecture, food and a unique combination of many cultures.
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Tips and tricks
Literally millions attend Mawazine. Needless to say, booking flights, accommodation and tickets in advance is advised. Ask Student Flights how.
There are eight stages to get around in the festival. Be prepared for foot gridlock and big crowds.
You can learn a lot from travelling, but also from attending various music and culture workshops hosted by Mawazine.
Mawazine is a special opportunity to see local music and instruments. The nearby city of Salé is accessible and features an Arab-music stage.
Driving in Morocco has its own rules and is not advisable. Public transport is accessible (including from Casablanca, the largest city), Rabat is a good walking city and there are plenty of cheap taxis.
Be prepared for temps in the low to medium 20s as well as rainfall.