Djemaa el Fna Rotterdam: Sharing Culture and Cuisine


From Friday the 21st – Sunday the 23rd of September 2018, Rotterdam’s Museumpark will transform into a culinary oasis: Djemaa el Fna Rotterdam. Visitors experience the Marrakech vibes of 1001 Arabian Nights without having to leave the Netherlands. This will be the festival’s sixth edition.

Like its inspiration and namesake, the age-old Djemaa el Fna square of Marrakech, the festival is a vibrant place where the community comes together to enjoy food and culture. It will feature live music, literature and spoken word performances, comedy, visual arts, theatre performances and culinary talkshows. There will also be a wide range of acitvities for children and families. And of course, there will be food: around 40 carefully selected chefs serve their fragrant dishes straight from the barbecue and tajine. Stylish souvenirs will be for sale in the narrow streets of the souq.


Hometown style: Rotterdam meets Marrakech
Almost 400.000 people living in the Netherlands are of Moroccan descent. Djemaa el Fna Rotterdam is a marriage of its two main influences: the culture(s) of the Maghreb (Western side of North Africa) and the melting pot of nationalities that is the harbour city of Rotterdam. The festival cherishes its hometown identity, and embraces the diversity that is at the core of the community of Rotterdam. In that sense, Rotterdam and Marrakech are very similar: they are both cultural intersections, a coming and going of people with different cultures, languages, kitchens and traditions. Therefore, the traditional white market stalls of the Djemaa el Fna square in Rotterdam will feature not only Moroccan cuisine, but chefs from all over the world.


Translating culture to food
To the team of Djemaa el Fna Rotterdam, food and cooking are ways to share culture. The tastes, smells and colours of a region are present in its recipes, just as they are in its traditional music and dance. These are all ways to tell a story, whether it is to discover something new or to experience a little piece of home away from home.


Practical Info & FAQ

Dates and times:
Friday September 21: 5 pm – 11 pm
Saturday September 22: 1 pm – 11 pm
Sunday September 23: 1 pm – 10 pm
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