The sixth edition of the Fado Festival Morocco

The sixth edition of the Fado Festival Morocco

Traveling and Showcasing Fado Internationally, the Fado Festival celebrates 13y Global Edition, since its inception in Madrid. The event visits 18 major cities in Europe, Africa, Latin America and Asia every year. In Morocco, the Fado Festival will return for the sixthyconsecutive year, on September 8 and 9 under the theme “Fado and Portuguese Guitar”. Concerts, performances and conferences are on the program.

his 6y The Moroccan version, Fado Festival will be themed “Fado and Portuguese Guitar”. The iconic fado instrument, the Portuguese guitar sounds incomparable.

With its distinct eight-part shape, the Portuguese guitar features twelve strings and is played with a plectrum to create emotional and expressive melodies. The history of the Portuguese guitar dates back to the beginning of the nineteenth century. It was born in the popular quarters of Lisbon, where street musicians began to use it to accompany fado singers.

Over time, the Portuguese guitar has evolved, both aesthetically and popularly, and has become a symbol of Portuguese music, associated with nostalgia. And for Fado feelings. today, she It embodies the rich and vibrant heritage of Portuguese culture.

To celebrate this remarkable heritage, the Fado Festival will feature two big names in Fado and Portuguese guitar.

the Friday, September 8thAt the Mohammed V National Theater in Rabat, the audience will have a date with the singer Christina Branco and guitarist Bernardo Cotto.

World-famous fado singer, Cristina Branco celebrates her 25-year career in 2022. Beginning her musical journey in the 1990s, she quickly became known for her catchy voice and poignant interpretation of fado. Christina knew how to reinterpret traditional fado by bringing in contemporary influences, while preserving the essence and emotions of this symbolic music genre.

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As for Bernardo Couto, he is considered one of the best Portuguese guitarists of his generation. Bernardo Couto contributed greatly to the development of fado and knew how to stand out with his distinctive technique and style. His talent, virtuosity and innovative approach to playing the Portuguese guitar have earned him recognition both in Portugal and abroad.

The duo will perform the next day, Saturday, September 9thin Casablanca, at the Living Arts Studio.

In addition to the concert by Christina Branco and Bernardo Cotto, with the aim of highlighting the many aspects of Portuguese culture, the Fado Festival will be organized two free activities, On the same day, at the Studio des Arts Vivants :

  • there prediction documentary film Artur Bean Paredes » (2021) by the Portuguese director Evan Dias;

This documentary explores the life and work of Artur Boal, a world-famous painter and sculptor. Dias immerses viewers in the artist’s intimate world, revealing his sources of inspiration, artistic techniques, and reflections on art and society.

Through in-depth interviews, poignant footage and archival footage, the documentary offers unique insight into the evolution of Artur Bual’s work and its impact on the contemporary art world. The documentary particularly evokes the influence of fado and Portuguese guitar in the Portuguese artistic context.

  • a conference under the topic portuguese guitar, It was hosted by guitarist Bernardo Couto.

The guitar is a versatile instrument, used both as an accompaniment and as a solo instrument. In this conference, Bernardo Couto wants to highlight the potential and diversity of the Portuguese guitar. This instrument, closely associated with Fado, has unique individual abilities, allowing it to explore a wide variety of different musical genres.

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The aim of the conference is also to trace the possible origins of the Portuguese guitar and to highlight the illustrious personalities who contributed to its development, both in the world of Fado and beyond.


Friday 8 September – Mohammed V National Theater – Rabat

8:00 pm – Concert by Cristina Branco and Bernardo Cotto

Saturday 9 September – Living Arts Studio – Casablanca

5:00 pm – Screening of “Artur entre paredes” by Ivan Dias.

7:00 pm – Conference: “Portuguese Guitar”, by Bernardo Cotto

8:00 pm – Concert by Cristina Branco and Bernardo Cotto

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  • Mohammed V National Theater – Rabat
  • Living Arts Studio – Casablanca –

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