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Four Top Festivals to visit this summer

With so many activities and variety of events taking place, we have curated five distinct experiences suitable to visit with your family and friends this summer. 

The Annual BVAC Classic Motorshow Festival 

For more than half a century the BVAC Classic  has been organised by the Borders Vintage Automobile Club, with this year seeing over 1,000 classic and vintage vehicles making their way to the event. This year, the show is celebrating 60 years of the Ford Mustang, with an array of American Muscle Cars, as well as motorcycles, commercial, steam, military, and agricultural vehicles on display.  There will also be a range of family friendly attractions, including a live rally action stage, BMX stunt displays, children’s activities and an artisan food and drink village. Taking place from 2 June 2024 in the Scottish borders. 

For more information visit: www.bvac.org.uk/bvac-classic/tickets/

Dreams, Hopes and Realities Arab Film Festival 

UK’s largest and longest-running Arab film festival, SAFAR Film Festival, returns for its ninth edition from 18 – 30 June across the UK. It will feature work from pioneers like Michel Khleifi to feature debuts by the likes of Amjad Al Rasheed and Sofia Alaoui across a compelling programme with Palestine at its heart. One of the films featured will be “Inshallah A Boy” made by  Amjad Al Rasheed brings a moving story of survival, hope and strength based in Jordan and in the face of oppressive patriarchal structures. After the sudden death of her husband, working mother Nawal must fight for her inheritance in order to save her daughter in a society where having a son would be a game changer. In a shorts programme dedicated to female coming of age stories.

Films spanning 15 Arab countries and is accompanied by a range of events, Q&As and talks. There will be 60 screenings and events across four London venues, plus eight cinemas in Birmingham, Cardiff, Glasgow, Hull, Liverpool, Manchester, Oxford and Plymouth. 

For more information visit:www.safarfilmfestival.co.uk

Festival of Sacred World Music in Morocco

Set amidst the ancient walls and labyrinthine alleys of Morocco’s spiritual capital, this festival celebrates the universal language of music, bringing together renowned artists from across the globe. Guests will be transported on a mesmerizing journey of side, from Sufi chants to exhilarating rhythms. The Palais de Fes Suites & Spa stands within the historic heart of Fez, and is a brother and sister project to honour their father’s legacy as a renowned restauranteur in Fez. Every detail of the palace reflects a passion to preserve tradition, from intricately designed suites to a serene spa, as well as a breath-taking rooftop terrace. You can take a break from the music, and take a  street food tour of Fez to see an array of breads, tangy olives, sweet honey, and traditional soups to immerse yourself in the vibrant flavours of Morocco.

The Mawazine Festival – An Ancient and Regal Festival 

Morocco’s largest festival is set to light up the streets of Rabat this year after a four-year hiatus.  This June will soar as music fills the air, festival-goers are given the opportunity to experience the best of culture, art and entertainment during this week-long celebration of Rabat’s culture and history.

 The return of the Mawazine festival coincides with the grand opening of some of the city’s most iconic landmarks, including the Zaha Hadid-designed Grand Theatre of Rabat, the soaring Mohamed VI Tower.  History lovers won’t want to miss a private visit to the ancient ruins of Chellah, once a thriving Roman settlement that blends Roman, Islamic, and Moroccan architectural styles.  The site hosts intricate mosaics, ornate tombs, and serene fountains, that serve as a glimpse into Rabat’s rich past.

Visit: www.inclusivemorocco.com for more information.

Images: IM/SAFAR/HARTLEY BOTANIC/PC/BVAC

Tahira

Tahira Khan is our Features Writer & NCTJ-accredited Journalist. She has experience in the Wellness industry and loves travelling. She is a firm believer of authenticity and we at BMM are exactly that. Her expertise lies in travel, wellness & lifestyle. One of Tahira's favourite quotes... 'The most beautiful thing in the world, of course, is the world itself' - (Wallace Stevens)

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