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Festival Gnaoua

The Talking Tree

The Talking Tree

Another of the essential cultural elements of the Gnaoua and World Music Festival in Essaouira: The Talking Tree. A space for relaxed discussion in which artists, journalists and festivalgoers meet up in a convivial atmosphere, for an artistic conversation. Set up on a rooftop in the middle of the Essaouira medina, the Talking Tree is a moment of quiet reflection during the day, a space between music concerts. Created in 2006, this casual and convivial forum of dialogue and exchange takes place every year at the French Institute of Essaouira. Sharing a coffee or tea, artists, cultural activists, Gnaoua and musicians come to share their ideas freely with the Festival public. This event is animated each year by its founder, Emmanuelle Honorin.

French producer, journalist, and author Emmanuelle Honorin holds a Masters in ethnology. She followed her experience as project development manager at the Maison des Cultures du Monde and as assistant to Martin Meissonnier for the Arte music programme, Mégamix (1993), with a career in journalism, for Le Monde de la Musique and Diapason from 1996 to 2009, then for GEO magazine, where she edited the Music section. Since 2008 to the present, she leads Géomuse, cultural association that participates in the production, distribution, and programming of live shows. She has been a member of the Musiques du Monde commission at the Académie Charles-Cros since 2014.

Friday 23 & Saturday 24 June 2023, at 4 p.m.

French Institute

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