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Video Production services just got upgraded in Morocco thanks to the leading events agency Best Agence. With the help of a spanish team from Barcelona they are now offering professional film services for advertising, corporate, and any kind of business wanting to improve their image and their presence online through beautiful and functional videos. The new brand is called Media Content Production and has its office in Casablanca in the prestigious Boulevard Zerktouni. The team behind it has more than ten years experience and the clients portfolio speaks loud about their quality and reliability: Mango, Zara, Massimo Dutti, Gottex, Mala mujer amongst others.

Beautiful fashion films
They take charge of the whole process: pre-production, production and post-production and editing. Recently they had a fun film production for a spanish fashion brand in our dear Fes medina, the whole tanneries where privatised for the special shooting...the results were great but...not sure the model liked it !
In any case we wish Media Content Production best of luck and we strongly reccomend their services to all our readers, maybe its about time to create a beautiful video for that lovely riad of yours :)
265, Bd Zerktouni, Etage 9
tel. 0522.272.889
Calle Madrazo, 47 Entlo.
tel. +34936760950

Long time Fes resident artist and writer Alessandro Ferrando is publishing a book with much of its material composed in our delightful little city, famous for having inspired many other authors including superstar Paul Bowles and Sandy Mccutcheon. 
De Cama en Cama: 32 Poemas de Amor y 5 Cuentos Urbanos (Tranquilo Books, 2015), means literally, "From Bed to Bed: 32 Love Poems and 5 Urban Tales; for now is just available in spanish, his mother tongue, but he promises that he's already working on an english translation. We asked him about the title, and it's not exactly what we were thinking. Alessandro kindly answered our question: "It's not about sex, not at all, From Bed to Bed wants to be the kind of story that goes around from mouth to mouth, that enters the popular imaginary, a bit like the childhood tales that our parents told us when we were little...only that this one is mainly for adults". His voice is dark and sultry, with tragic hints and impossible romances, with complex characters that we are forced to hate: the prostitute, the criminal, the thief, the serial lover, but for some reason we end up ,if not loving, at least understanding that, like many of us, they simply could not escape their own fate.

As a gift he agreed to translate one of the poems just for us:

You Have Been Drinking

You've been drinking all night that kind of Japanese liquor that you like

Recalling words as warm as the fire that moves on your left

And that more than once hurt you …

Your smile seemed indelible , however, now that no longer exists

one can still read between the cracks of your lips

the words "youth" and "arrogance" that accompanied you for so many years

and that you printed on the mouth of each of your lovers

perhaps unaware that it was your own being which diluted in their saliva.

You have been drinking the whole night

and now you hum softly that melody that enchanted all your lovers when they listened to it under the sheets

And it sounds like the grand anthem of a long-gone country.

You've been drinking all night

leaving your glass on top of that book of Cavafy whose beauty someone taught you

And which you said not so long ago that it would be the basis of your life...

You've been drinking all night

Since you wanted to become self-sufficient;

I see from afar how you can't get up from the chair

I thought a thousand times in coming closer and tell you something

and now I believe that it should take you home and make you lie down ...

But I know that there is a special glow in your eyes that I cannot see

and that  would force me to stay  next to the body I once loved.

Are you organising an important event and you dont want to leave anything to chance? We might just have the contact you need. Best Agence, a relatively new 'Agence de evenements' in Morocco have their main agency in Casablanca, but they happen to have an impressive selection of high quality personnel in every important city in Morocco: Casablanca, Marrakech, Tanger, Rabat...including of course our beloved Fez. The directors have an international background and work with high standarts of quality, and have already helped the International Fes Festival of Sacred Music, and prestigious venues like our favourite Italian Restaurant L'Italien, the always in fashion La Mezzanine and also cute-deep-in-the-medina Fez Lounge. Models for catwalks and shootings, hostesses for exhibitions or commercial promotions, valet parking guys for a marriage, big scary guys for frontdoors... if is high standart people that you need at a reasonable price, just give them a call (and maybe say you read it first here).

So looking forward for a weekend in Casablanca and thinking where to stay and what to see? Casamood, Our friends based in the economical capital of our beloved kingdom are doing such a good job that we agreed to help promoting their city guide, after all, they're not our competitors :) !

Every year Fez hosts the most prestigious Sacred Music Festival in the world. Set in the most atmospheric venues such as Bab Al Makina and Riads that recall the One Thousand and One Nights, even Chuck Norris has been moved to tears in one of lasts years performances that of course Gatsby cant disclose for fear of his own life. This year the whole festivals aims at Re-enchanting the world celebrating the figure of the persian poet Omar Khayyam. Gatsby has been more than involved in the whole projection of the Festival this year so he is looking forward to each and every concert. The whole program can be seen in the following link
If you're planning on going to the opening show that its been said is going to be the mother of all the opening shows don't hesitate to look for Gastby, he'll be in the first row and probably the only one not wearing those awful short sleeves shirts and those philistine - what are they called?- oh sandals. 

If you are one of those who thought that Fez was lacking glamour you are two times wrong. First because Gatsby lives almost full time in the sacred medina and second because tomorrow one of the coolest riads in Fes is organising along with the French Institute the "Fes Fashion Day", a total must for fashionistas and basically everyone interested in art and having a good time. 
Three fashion designers including Gatsby's friend Karina Duebner are presenting its latests trends in a sexy catwalk, and nobody wants to miss it: the setting is gorgeous, the magnificent garden of the Jardin des Biehn (, the models -whom Gatsby knows one or two- are also gorgeous, and the only thing I can hope for are gorgeous cocktails after the show. 
Unfortunately is an invitation-only event and rumour has it that all the places are filled, still, if you want to come in you can always say that you are Gatsby himself and they may let you in. If you make it I'll be available close to the bar.
Saturday 26 of May, Akbat Sbaa, Douh, from 17h.

After receiving countless letters on the topic "How much can I get for my girlfriend in Fez" I have decided to drop a few lines giving my opinion and a piece of advice based on my own experience.
We don't live in a perfect world, and there are many westerners that pretending to spend a few days in Morocco want to take advantage of the commercial spirit that still today burns in the city of Fes, and try to make a profit selling their annoying girlfriend/spouse or even their daughter. I know it may not even be their fault, for such is the big crisis in Europe and, alas, there is little good we can look forward to.

Gatsby strongly advises not to be carried away with the prospect of amazing offers, since the reality of the matter is that camels are a complicated currency to keep in your Ryanair luggage allowance.
But Gatsby himself is only a man, and there was a time he was indeed in need of money; so taking advantage of a russian friend visiting the city, he took her to a bazaar to look at the most beautiful rugs. The vendor took Gatsby aside:

- I will give you 5000 camels for your girlfriend. -he said-
- It is not my girlfriend -Gatsby answered-
- Then I give you 3000 camels.

So one important lesson in order to get a good price is to always pretend to be close family.
Gatsby accepted:

- OK, 3000 camels and is yours.
- Well...I don't have the camels right now...would you take sheep and some chickens instead?

Realising how unglamorous the whole trading was becoming, Gatsby declined the offer and left at once with his friend, and not even the last offer was tempting for him:

- And what about some carpets?
- Do I look like Aladdin?

Since then Gatsby has refused to sell any of his beautiful friends coming to discover the magical city of Fez, and focused on selling the ugly ones for basics like bread or milk. And with the voice of experience he can tell you that the business is over, and if the purpose of your travel to Fez is selling your partner, you should better buy yourself a ticket for Saudi Arabia, where apparently they pay in gold.

But if after all this you are still  thinking of going ahead, bear in mind the true story of a man that agreed to sell his 47 year old wife for 1000 camels. He gave the woman away and he took a loaded luggage as payment. When he opened the bag once in Madrid, all he found was 50 packets of Camel without filter...and sure he was sad for a short while, but he soon looked at the positive side: he could now go back to watch soccer on TV and smoke like a real man.

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