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Atlas Electronic: A festival like no other in Marrakech

In the palm grove of Marrakech, the public has been present at the Atlas Electronic Festival this week. The opening night was marked by a rich mix of contemporary electronic music and Arabic and Berber influences. All set up in a magical place.

With mergers that invite to discovery and exchange, the show started with an unprecedented performance by Jauk Armal, before going on with a musical cocktail interpreted brilliantly by the Houariyates, James Holden and Maâlem Houssam Gania and Tarwa N Tirini, mixing compositions and traditional music with modern and Western rhythms.

Throughout the show, the audience was in total interaction with the artists who delighted the crowd with innovative and creative pieces reflecting the soul of this unmissable event of international electronic music.

Original music, dance, lights, captivating staging, Atlas Electronic has brought together all the ingredients of a successful outdoor party. Atlas Electronic Festival Producer, Réda Kadmiri presents this event.

The big surprise of this edition was the participation of the legend New York, Joaquin “Joe” Claussell. Atlas Electronic is a festival dedicated not only to electro music, but also to traditional music.

Initiated under the sign “Moving Forward”, this 4th edition which unveils a new line-up combining music, talks, debates, creations and workshops, was attended by more than 130 artists representing fifteen countries, half of which are of African origin.

The festival aims to raise awareness every year of the issue of intercultural mobility and wishes to highlight the inequalities in freedom of movement and displacement, and their consequences on the global cultural landscape.

In addition to the musical line-up, “Atlas Electronic” offers a beautiful platform for other forms of art, such as the “Afrorack” project of Ugandan Bamanyan Brian or “Guedra”, a feminine project of traditional dance.

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  1. The festival needs to improve on its basic event organisation skills to leave its attendees feeling positive. Communication is the main thing. When things go wrong, keep people in the loop. Also, ensure people can buy food and water at any time. Don’t stop people bringing their own water in. If you promise free daily yoga, provide free daily yoga. There is no point having talks and workshops if you aren’t able to find out what is on, when it’s on, or where. And when you do find this out its more enjoyable for everyone if it’s correct information. Tell your customers there is an ATM on site where their isn’t. Say you can get cash back at the token sale point, but then the people working their don’t know that and won’t do it. Having 2 drivers to get people from camping to festival working 10am-6am…what? Yes! Drivers working 20 hour shifts everyday. This is not about bringing people together, this is the organisers exploiting people to line their own pockets and using togetherness as a marketting tool. I’ve never been so disgusted with a festival.

    People kept in good spirits most of the time despite the festival. Volunteer crew worked so hard, as did local staff, and most attendees were amazing. Thanks to all the people who did care and the fantastic musicians.

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