Essaouira

ART WORKSHOPS ON HOLIDAY

Do the words 'collage' and 'handpainted paper' take you back to long gone days of creative expression at school when you were about 10? 

Well...I must say, they did to me. Until I entered

Sanne Busk's atelier

in Essaouira.

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I was still high on colour from my visit to

Salut Maroc

when I got infused with more playful vibrancy!  

Sanne Busk is from Denmark, but fell in love with Morocco, where she is living now. Busk is a full

-

time artist working in collage with hand painted paper.  The colours of Sanne’s art are mixed together in stunning, playful and sunny collages that unveil her passion for her work.  

Taking home a souvenir like this is like taking home a little piece of Moroccan sunshine and appetite for life.

Besides being a gifted artist and designer, Sanne offers

workshops in Essaouira

.

From 1 hour up till 2 to 4 days, depending on what it is you want to achieve.  She will focus on helping you to discover your own creativity.

In a workshop, you learn how to make collage art with hand painted paper.

Collage is one of the easiest ways to get started in mixed-media art and really everyone can try it and have fun.  It's an easy, fast, and very satisfying mode of artistic expression. There are no rules to play by and you might end up taking your own ray of sunshine home!

I know for sure I'm going to try it out!

Anyone else wants to join

?

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REMAINS FROM A PRE-INDUSTRIAL PAST - Essaouira

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"The ruins of the sugar factory "Souira Qedima" near Ida O Gourd and its hydraulic network of 'aqueducts' still stand as a testimony to this forgotten history that lasted only half a century, but whose consequences are up until today still affecting the ecosystem.

Moroccan sugar is the perfect illustration of pre-industrial capitalism. The abuse, of tyrants thirsty for power and wealth, to take advantage of the resources of a country, then withdraw when their exploitation ceased to be profitable to reproduce the same pattern, under other skies...

This is what Fernand Braudel points out in his book on the birth of capitalism in the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries. 

"This newcomer, sugar cane, is devastating to the old equilibrium and is all the more dangerous because it is supported by a powerful capitalism, which came in the sixteenth century from all horizons, from Italy, from France, Antwerp. We can not resist it ... "

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A walk through the beautiful countryside to what's left of the best remaining pre-industrial sugar factory globally,  left me full of wonder, with a bitter-sweet taste when I read the story of our guide Gilles Texier.

I could start to overwhelm you with historical backgrounds, figures, and details.

I could explain why it reminded me so much of the El Baadi palace in Marrakech, but I would only be able to share a glimpse of what you look at when you are there.

One can not even imagine how fertile this area really was before the devastating introduction of the sugar cane...

Sugar had (and still is) always been a Moroccan temptation. 

"Sugar follows the Qur'an," says the saying.  

It is true that as early as the 9th century there is a trace of cane cultivation in the regions of Fez and Tangier.  Until the 16'th century, we find traces almost all over Morocco and mainly in the Souss.

Throughout this long period, it is a low-intensity crop of a quantity and quality that is rather poor and an export oriented towards "Sudan" and the countries of sub-Saharan Africa.

In the first quarter of the sixteenth century, the arrival of the Saadian sultans in power will drastically change this situation.

The Saadiens from a very early stage, understand the economic value of the white gold for a new continent that opened its doors to them, Europe.

And so factories were built at the speed of light, and one of them was:

The Souira Qedima Sugar Factory.

This sugar factory and its hydraulic network were built, in all likelihood, between 1575 - 1578.

To establish such units, 4 conditions are necessary:

- wood in abundance

- water in abundance

- fertile lands easy to irrigate

and finally

- men, specialists, and workers

Mogador's sugar factory does not escape these requirements.

How this has changed the environment for ever and what an impact it had on human lives, I leave all this for you to discover when here.  You can

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if you want to make a tour with Gilles Texier, the man who traveled the world to do the research.  Gilles also has been writing a study, together with André Bonnal and Edouard Pottier that gives one a good insight on the production of the sugar, the consequences and the disappearance only 50 years later...

Most parts of this text come from this essay.

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WEDDING VENUES 2017 in Marrakech

Planning a wedding?  Planning an exotic wedding? You should think Marrakesh!

Marrakesh, no better place on earth to indulge in wonderful colours, prints, romantic settings, luxury venues and dreams under a nightblue sky filled with a 1000 stars...

Our top venues to plan your wedding. 

Some are bohemian, some are a 1001 night proof and some are just beyond your wildest dreams.

They all promise you one thing. 

The start of a story together. 

After that, its your job to fill the pages of the book... 

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ok, can we caunt Essaouira in too? 

Essaouira... beach weddings, words carried away by the wind. Sand, wild unspoiled beaches ...

1. Essaouira - Villa Anouk

Marrakech top wedding venues 2017-2018 - Coco's choice

If you are a luxury nomad, with your heart drifting between old romantic souvenirs , Wabi-sabi simplicity with a twist

and refined luxury, settled in an authentic Berber countryside that is screaming out loud 'authentic wedding shoots' then this is absolutely your place to tie the knots!

To give you an idea on how romantic a Villa Anouk wedding can be, look at gorgeous shoot by

Stefanie Kapra Photography

for

Stylemepretty

Villa Anouk

      Address: R301, Morocco   contact them through the site.

2. Essaouira (Sidi Kaouki) - La Mouette et le Dromadaire

Marrakech top wedding venues 2017-2018 - Coco's choice

Think Boho - Beach - wild and unspoiled beach. This setting is another hidden gem to have the wedding of your dream if you love bohemian settings and beach life. Patricia and her team have really nailed it when it comes to raw, authentic charm on the beach in Sidi Kaouki.

You will not find the comfort of a hotel, but you find all the rest that matters to you and your loved one!

La mouette et le Dromadaire

     Address:

Sidi Kaouki 44125, Morocco    tel.00 212 (0)6 7844 9212

3. Essaouira - Dar Caravane

Marrakech top wedding venues 2017-2018 - Coco's choice

If you think weddings are about fantastic food, pools and parties. 

Dar Caravane knows how to throw a Party. Don't even question the know how of Didier and his team. 

I keep referring to Dar Caravane in every top I make, but that's because this place offers such a wide range on possibilities! Be it a day out at the pool, a lunch , an event of a party...

Dar Caravane

   Address: 

Km 1 Route D'Agadir, Essaouira 44000, Morocco

    tel.

+212 5247-84804

4. Marrakech - Berber Lodge

Marrakech top wedding venues 2017-2018 - Coco's choice

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If you are familiar with

the Coco's Caractère Selection

you will know about Ethnic chic. This place has it all when you are this kind of couple. Your wedding could not be more in style breathing authentic Berber charm out of every pore. Totally hip, minimalistic and classy at the same time.  When the

Studioko

team is involved and brands like

Couleur Locale

are a fan, then you know this is all about becoming one of the new it places. You can set the trend with your wedding :)

Berber Lodge

     Address:

Douar Oumnes, Tamesloth, Marrakech   

5. Marrakech - Jnane Tamsna

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Jnane Tamsna , you could call it the creation of Meryanne Loum-Martin. This although is partly true as her husband is also involved in the design and the holistic view on the concept of the splendid garden. We however are totally in love with the creativity of Meryanne. Every party, in to the smallest detail is part of her vision on this beautiful place. It's fairytale like and a 100% 1001 night proof wedding venue.

Jnane Tamsna

     Address: 

Douar Abiad, Palmeraie, Marrakesh 40000, Morocco

6. Marrakech - Scarabeo Camp

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As close to a desert feeling you can get without crossing the High Atlas.  The Agafay desert just outside Marrakech is THE place for some luxurious Glampings and Scarabeo is one of these that manage to keep the balance between authentic desert solitude and refined luxury.  You will have a real nomad wedding under a million stars!

Scarabeo Camp

     Address:

P2020, Morocco  tel.

+212 662-800823

7. Marrakech - Le Jardin Secret

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What about places within the Medina? Well..Le Jardin Secret might not come to mind when you think about wedding settings, but this place offers you stunning views on Marrakech and surroundings from the second highest tower in town after the Koutoubia Mosque.  Including a more than perfect garden with an ecological and ancient restored water system. A place with a history and a future.

If you look for 'something else' have a look and go for it. They don't open the venue at night unless for private events and this might just be your wedding!

Le Jardin Secret

    Address:

184 Rue Mouassine, Marrakesh, Morocco

8. Marrakech - El Fenn

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A little luxery, a lot of attitude and personal style for this gem in the Medina.  This little 'village' is ready to make your marriage one to remember into the smallest detail. I always think everyone knows El Fenn but in reality it's surprising how many people don't and they get completely overwhelmed by the daring beauty of it.

El Fenn

    Address:

Derb Moulay Abdullah Ben Hezzian, 2, Marrakesh 40000, Morocco

9. Marrakech - Peacock Pavilions

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Some places are just so well designed that you don't need to add anything to have your dream location for a wedding. It's not easy to label Peacock. It has its own unique style. A blend that seems to mix and match in one unique way that carries Maryam's personal signature.

A dream spot for many and a yearly place to return and de-stress for some lucky ones.  Why not make it the start of your story together?

Peacock Pavilions

    Address:

km 18 route N9 Marrakech,Douar Ladaam, Morocco

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BRUNCH BY THE POOL The Essaouira top 5

There are plenty of reasons to stay more than a day in Essaouira. There is much more to discover than the Medina, the harbour and the beach boulevard. Ask any one living here and they come up with a liiiist that could fill your month of holiday with ease.
But, how do we, the locals (or pretend to be locals) like to spend a day when we are off?

AFTER THE STORM - Essaouira

Essaouira storm

Leven bij de Oceaan is bij uitstek onderhevig zijn aan de natuur.

Een impressie een dag nadat er een verwoestende storm overtrok!

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Life

in

a coastal town, close to the Atlantic is

being exposed to the power of nature, more than anywhere else.

An impression

a

day

after

a devastating storm passed!

Essaouira storm
Essaouira storm
Essaouira storm

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HOLIDAY IN MOROCCO - a Sunday trip to Essaouira

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If you come to

Essaouira

and you are a lover of flea markets, then ensure your trip to this beautiful little seaside town includes a Sunday.  The souk El Had or The Joutia is an open air trash and treasure market on steroids, with overflowing secondhand stalls mixing with fruit and veg and artworks in one big, crowded melee.  If you intend on purchasing then hone your bargaining skills and come prepared to haggle for your chosen items.  You may find yourself taking home some unique souvenirs along with fabulous memories.

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Als je van plan bent om naar Essaouira af te zakken, (

TUI

vliegt tussen juni en oktober rechtstreeks vanaf Brussel!

) en je houdt van rommelmarkten en 'extravagantia', maak dan zeker een uitstapje naar de zondag markt, ook wel gekend als 'de Joutia'.  Dit kleine visserstadjes bij de Atlantische Oceaan is op zondag één grote openlucht schatkamer waar tweedehands kramen afwisselen met fruit en groenten, overstock kledij vanuit Europa en er is zelfs de speciale afdeling 'kunst', waar minder en meer bekende artiesten zoals

Ben Ali

en Azeddine in hun kleine gammele ateliertjes u graag verder helpen.

Een uniek moment om op een unieke plaats je kunst collectie uit te breiden.  En een moment bij uitstek om je een local te voelen.

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travel morocco - Essaouira
travel morocco - Essaouira

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HOLIDAYS IN MOROCCO - winter moods from Atlantic Essaouira.

surf, beach, sun in Essaouira

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In 5 years it hasn't been raining so many days in a row as it did these last months. It will be a promising spring and already now you can see yellow flower fields everywhere. As soon as the sun comes out, it's time to enjoy the white washed impressions and the beautiful reflections along the coast and the Medina. Morocco is a most wonderful place to spend some times during winter. Even a rainy month here is nothing compared to a rainy winter month in the North! And once the sun comes out, it's T-shirt time! I was on a tour in

Essaouira

and Sidi Kaouki and I just loved the blue tones in the air. Everything was new and subtle shades of blue were shifting in the reflections in the water. A lazy sunny afternoon in Sidi Kaouki was my topper to finish the weekend. And while I'm sitting and typing this, the rain pours down again. Within an hour I have an appointment on the beach...better go and search for my rubber boots 😅...

blue door and white walls

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sunset in Essaouira

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a view from le seven on  Essaouira beach

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camel riding at the beach

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morning beachwalk with dog

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essaouira medina

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Sidi Kaouki beach

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winter in Essaouira

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In de voorbije 5 jaar heeft het nooit zoveel dagen in een rij geregend als de afgelopen maanden. Het ziet er naar uit dat het een veelbelovend en groen voorjaar gaat worden en nu al zie je gele bloemen velden overal.

Zodra de zon er uit komt, is het tijd om te genieten van de wit gewassen huizen en de prachtige weerspiegelingen

langs de kust en de medina. Het is een absolute aanrader om ook in de winter in Marokko te komen genieten. Veel regen hier is nog altijd niet te vergelijken met een natte wintermaand in Europa en eens de zon er is, loopt de temperatuur al weer gauw op tot Tshirt niveau.  Ik was de afgelopen dagen in Essaouira en Sidi Kaouki en ik hield van de blauwe tinten in de lucht. Alles was nieuw en subtiele tinten blauw wisselden elkaar af in de reflecties in het water.  Een luie zonnige namiddag in Sidi Kaouki was mijn topper om het weekend af te sluiten.  En terwijl ik zit te typen stroomt de regen weer naar beneden. Binnen een uur heb ik een afspraak op het strand ... ik kan maar beter gaan zoeken naar mijn rubberen laarzen 😅 ...

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5 BLOGS MADE IN MARRAKECH

Marrakech, Morocco

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We barsten uit onze voegen, we kunnen het alleen niet meer aan! En dat is Heerlijk!!!

Mederwerker nummer 1 is een feit en wellicht volgende week nummer 2.  We zijn nog steeds op zoek, en heel graag willen we Marokkaanse bloggers! Is bloggen je passie en wil je via coco-morocco aan je eigen weg en visibiliteit timmeren?  Neem dan zeker contact met ons op!

Vandaag willen we je doorheen de rubrieken van ons magazine mee op sleeptouw nemen naar de meest inspirerende blogs van de meest positieve, eclectische groep mensen die allemaal als gemene deler 'Marrakech' hebben. ( en we beschouwen Essaouira als Marrekech Plage) 😁

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We are expanding beyond our borders, we can't handle it by our self anymore! And this feels great!

Contributor

number

one

is a fact and probably next week number 2. We're still looking, and

would love some

Moroccan bloggers (fashionbloggers, write me) !  

Blogging is your passion and you want

to work your

visibility? 

Do not hesitate to contact us!

Today we are going to walk you through the sections of our magazine by referring to the most inspiring blogs of the most positive, eclectic group of people who all have the common denominator 'Marrakech'. (And we consider Essaouira as Marrekech

Beach)

😁

Art & Architecture - Chic Marrakech by Grant Rawlings

Marrakech Morocco influencer

I was a fan of Grant and his properties long before I thought of moving to Morocco. Although some other good blogs on architecture and

real estate

have aroused, I still keep referring to Grant as one of the pioneers when it comes to turning real estate into a lesson on architecture.

Travel - A life in Marrakech by Patrick & Per

Marrakech Morocco influencer

What once started as the blog of two dudes leaving Stockholm to move to the heart of the Marrakech Medina, has now more or less turned into ' let's go and see where they hang out nowadays'.  Per and Patrick have grown their 'kingdom' and change house according to their mood.  Latest kid on the portfolio of international property is their lovely townhouse in Italy.  But we all know they love their

riad Arabe

in Marrakech and in the meantime, while travelling they make us part on all their luxury travel adventures.

Cuisine - MarocMama by Amanda

Marrakech Morocco influencer

Although Amanda's blog is divers, we know her passion for food that she shares with her husband and kids.  The site is about the adventures of this young Moroccan American family living their life in Marrakech and exploring the world. You can find the best Moroccan recipes that Amanda often gets through her husbands family. We all know some food in Morocco is a secret passed on for generations. pst 'let's keep it a secret!'

Lifestyle/coaching - Revealing Vajra

Marrakech Morocco influencer

A Yoga Guru, a Master Manifester & a Life Coach - all in one! That's Rachel who spontaneously moved to Marrakech plage (Essaouira 😜) after someone there served her hot chocolate in stead of the tea she ordered.

Well, things can be simple as this!

Rachel is another one of these constant travellers, organising retreats across the globe, coaching people to manifest their successes and making walks along the ocean whenever she is in town.

Lifestyle/adventure - Alice Morrison

Reading and listening to Alice is a joy! She has a way to make you part of her adventures.

As with anything in life, people have their own approach. Listening to her way and her stories of life changing encounters and travels outside of the comfort zone makes me come up with the word - respect-

A beautiful lady with a beautiful heart. 

Her book

Dodging Elephants

, wich has as a red thread the byke race from Cairo to Cape Town, is a must read when you're an Africa lover.

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BEN ALI - SOLO EXPOSITION IN ESSAOUIRA

We at coco-morocco believe in art, we believe that art can contribute to a better world for everyone. Then how wonderful is this exposition where your purchase creates a better life for the fishermen widows in Essaouira.

Ben Ali - two expositions with a 'heart'

Elizir and Mashi Mushki Galleries, in association with Sofitel Essaouira Mogador and Association Essaouira Mogador, are proud to present two solo exhibitions by Ben Ali (Abdelghani Didouh) – a Souiri artist recently described as a ‘genius’ by leading Italian art critic Corrado Levi.

BEN ALI: A RETROSPECTIVE (2006-2016) will take place at Sofitel Essaouira Mogador Golf & Spa from 15 July 2016 to 4 September 2016. The exhibition will span the artist's career from 2006-2016 and will comprise 30 paintings and sculptures.

Opening event:

Sofitel Essaouira Mogador Golf & Spa, Domaine Mogador, Essaouira,

Friday 15 July from 18.30h.

BEN ALI: AT SEA, featuring a selection of 20 new works, will be held at Dar Souiri (the home of Association Essaouira Mogador) from 26 August to 4 September 2016.

Opening event:

Association Essaouira Mogador, Dar Souiri, 10 Avenue du Caire, Essaouira,

Friday 26 August from 18h.

The exhibitions will raise funds for Essaouira-based charity Project 91, to establish a fund for the widows of fishermen lost at sea in the town’s famous blue ‘flouka’ boats. The curators will donate their fees (20% of sale price) to the fund.

Ben Ali - twee exposities met een 'hart'

Elizir en Mashi Mushki Galleries, in samenwerking met Sofitel Essaouira Mogador en Association Essaouira Mogador, zijn er trots op twee solotentoonstellingen presenteren over Ben Ali (Abdelghani Didouh) - een Souiri kunstenaar onlangs omschreven als een 'genie' van vooraanstaande Italiaanse kunstcriticus Corrado Levi.

BEN ALI: A Retrospective (2006-2016) zal plaatsvinden in Sofitel Essaouira Mogador Golf & Spa vanaf 15 juli 2016 tot 4 september 2016. De tentoonstelling zal de carrière van de kunstenaar overspannen 2006-2016 en zal 30 schilderijen en sculpturen tonen.

Vernisage: 

Sofitel Essaouira Mogador Golf & Spa, Domaine Mogador, Essaouira, 

vrijdag 15 juli vanaf 18.30u.

BEN ALI: AT SEA, met een selectie van 20 nieuwe werken, zal worden gehouden in Dar Souiri (de thuis van Association Essaouira Mogador) vanaf 26 augustus - 4 september 2016. 

Vernisage: 

Association Essaouira Mogador, Dar Souiri, 10 Avenue du Caire

, Essaouira, 

vrijdag 26 augustus van 18u.

De tentoonstellingen zullen geld in te zamelen voor Project 91,

een in Essaouira gevestigde liefdadigheid.

Doel is een fonds op te richten voor de weduwen van vissers die het leven op zee verloren in de beroemde blauwe vissersboten  'Flouka'.

De curatoren zullen  (20% van de verkoopprijs) doneren aan het fonds.

The artist

Ben Ali (Abdelghani Didouh, born 1966) has been working as an artist since the mid-2000s, in a small studio in the Joteya (junk market) of Essaouira’s crumbling industrial quarter. He chose his name out of respect for his father, the painter Ali – a major figure in the Essaouira art scene, whose challenging works presented graphic depictions of human sexuality.

After working for many years as a fisherman, Ben Ali took up painting when the sea stole his boat, his friends and one of his brothers. Since then, he has been creating strange, darkly colourful works on wood, canvas, furniture and other 3-D objects. The exhibitions will feature a selection of new and earlier pieces reflecting this wide variety of formats. 

Ben Ali says he paints “because I am my father’s son” and because “for me, fishing and painting are the same”. “I continue the work of my father. In my paintings there are all the ghosts, that little by little appear on the canvas like the memories of a childhood dream."

Italian art critic and long-time Moroccan resident

Corrado Levi

believes both Ben Ali and his father are artists of great distinction: “Geniuses are rare: to find two in one family is even rarer. Ali: the body and substance…Ben Ali: the spirit and transparency. Two geniuses.”

And for expert in contemporary art Michel Bohbot, Ben Ali’s world is “a human comedy…joyful, alive, sensual…anchored in the real.”

De artiest

Ben Ali (Abdelghani Didouh, geboren 1966) is werkzaam als beeldend kunstenaar sinds het midden van de jaren 2000, in een kleine studio in de Joteya (rommelmarkt) de  afbrokkelende industriële wijk van Essaouira.

Hij koos zijn naam uit respect voor zijn vader, de schilder Ali - een belangrijke figuur in de Essaouira kunstwereld, waarvan de werken

uitdagende

grafische afbeeldingen van de menselijke seksualiteit portretteerden.

Na vele jaren als een visser te hebben gewerkt, begon Ben Ali met schilderen toen de zee zijn Flouka zijn vrienden en een van zijn broers opeiste

.

Sindsdien creëert hij vreemde, donkere kleurrijke werken op hout, canvas, meubilair en andere 3-D objecten.

De tentoonstelling zal een selectie van nieuwe en eerdere stukken bevatten die deze grote verscheidenheid van formaten

weerspiegelen

.

Ben Ali zegt dat hij schildert  " omdat ik de zoon van mijn vader ben" en omdat "voor mij, vissen en schilderen hetzelfde zijn".

"

In mijn schilderijen zijn er al de geesten, die beetje bij beetje op het doek als de herinneringen van een jongensdroom verschijnen. "

Italiaanse kunstcriticus en sinds lang Marokkaanse resident

Corrado Levi

  gelooft dat zowel Ben Ali als zijn vader kunstenaars zijn van uitzonderlijke onderscheiding: "Genieën zijn zeldzaam: er twee in een gezin is nog zeldzamer.

Ali: het lichaam en de inhoud ... Ben Ali: de geest en transparantie.

Twee genieën. "

En voor expert in de hedendaagse kunst Michel Bohbot, Ben Ali's wereld is "een menselijke komedie ... vrolijk, levend, sensueel ... verankerd in het echt."

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ESSAOUIRA: RIAD WITH SEAVIEW

riad seaview essaouira

'Riad with seaview'

-It must be a very popular search on google when you look and plan your holiday in Essaouira-

Climbing the stairs to the top level lounge/ dining room at riad Kafila blew me away.

Having seen quite some charming riads in the Medina of Essaouira, I knew sea view was a matter of getting on the roof terrace. 

Not here!

Their lounge on the 2nd floor is like looking TV, but better, it takes you a second to realise it REAL! 

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riad seaview essaouira

'Riad met zeezicht'

Wellicht een van de populairste zoektermen wanneer het gaat over een vakantie in Essaouira.

Deze zoekterm wordt voor de volle 100% waargemaakt wanneer je de trap 2 verdiepingen klimt naar de lounge van riad Kafila.

Na al behoorlijk wat charmante riads bezocht te hebben in Essaouira had ik geleerd dat zeezicht betekent: naar het dakterras gaan om daar de volle pracht van de Oceaan te ervaren.

Niet hier!

De multifunctionele ruimte die zowel als bar, ontbijtruimte en relax kan gebruikt worden lijkt op het eerste zicht te beschikken over een 9m brede flatscreen. Tot je beseft dat dit ECHT is!

The room is the eye catcher of this place and I have not seen any riad that had this great idea to move the living area and kitchen on top so that all guest can enjoy the view in all kind of weather. Of course one more level up there is the stunning open rooftop where you can become one with nature. The sand the ocean and the wind...just the way it should in this coastal town.

Deze ruimte is werkelijk de eye catcher van het huis, en in tegenstelling tot andere riads werd er hier de keuze gemaakt om de publieke delen op de topvloer onder te brengen. Hierdoor wordt er aan iedereen de mogelijkheid geboden om te genieten van dit unieke zeezicht. Natuurlijk kan je nog een trapje hoger naar het dakterras. Daar kan je echt één worden met de natuur. De wind, de zee, het zand, helemaal zoals het hoort in dit kuststadje.

The rooms

are airy, elegant and tastefully decorated. A silent Belgian force behind it all surely must have has some influence here. A well balanced mix of ethnic

collectors items, travel souvenirs from far away destinations that came with the house and dated from the former owner and Belgian 'less is more'.

A fascinating building with a story, one that is to be continued.

A story with a sea view

De kamers zijn licht, elegant en met smaak ingericht. Een stille Belgische kracht achter de schermen heeft hier ongetwijfeld aan bijgedragen. Het gebouw straalt een gebalanceerde mix uit van etnische verzamelobjecten, reis souveniers van de vroegere eigenaar en Belgische 'less is more'.

Kortom een boeiend gebouw met een verhaal dat verder geschreven wordt. 

Een verhaal met zeezicht 

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