Gnaoua World Music Festival

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Gnaoua (Gnawa) musicians performing during the 2010 Gnaoua World Music Festival in the city of Essaouira, Morocco

The Gnaoua World Music Festival is a Gnawa music festival held annually in Essaouira, Morocco.

The festival provides a platform for a meeting point of music and dialogue between foreign artists and the mystical Gnaoua (also Gnawa) musicians. In this melting-pot of musical fusion, the Gnaoua masters invite players of jazz, pop, rock and contemporary World music to explore new avenues. The festivals see up to 500,000 visitors every year over four days; many of the performances can be viewed for free, which complicates comparison with other festivals.[1]


The city of Essaouira is located on the Atlantic coast of Morocco, 350 km from Casablanca, 175 km from Marrakech and 190 km from Agadir.

During the weekend of Gnaoua Festival, transportation to Essaouira becomes very rare and expensive, so it is recommended to book your transport as soon as possible if you plan to participate in the event

Below the means of transport available:

By Bus / Coach: Essaouira is served by several bus companies from several Moroccan cities, to book your ticket you can go to the bus station Nevertheless, it is highly recommended to book your coach bus online on the website '' , to avoid any unpleasant experience when buying the ticket:

By train: The Moroccan rail network stops in Marrakech, but there are some bus connections to Essaouira

By plane: The airport is located 18 km from the city and is served by several airlines, including the national airline Royal Air Maroc [1].


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Coordinates: 31°30′41″N 9°46′20″W / 31.51139°N 9.77222°W / 31.51139; -9.77222