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The Festival of World Sacred Music (Festival de Fès des Musiques Sacrées du Monde in French) is a 10-day event held in mid-summer in the magnificent city of Fes (Fez). Founded in 1994 by the Moroccan philanthropist Faouzi Skali, it was meant to showcase the diversity of spiritual music around the world. The festival features an array of open-air concerts and a mix of genres from whirling dervishes to mystic Sufi chanters.
In 2001, the festival in Fes was marked by the United Nations as an event contributing to the dialogue between civilizations.The current patron of the Fes Festival of World Sacred Music is King Mohammed VI. The event is dedicated to knowledge, art, and spirituality, featuring artists from the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and Western Europe. The festival has featured Joan Baez, Patti Smith, Björk, Ben Harper, Paco de Lucía, Ravi Shankar, Sabah Fakhri, Kadhem Saher, Mounir Bachir, Wadi al Safi, Jean-Claude Casadesus, and many others. It also promotes lesser known talents and their creative projects.