Gnawaparade (free of charge)

  • Bisdomplein
  • de Reep
  • Sint-Baafsplein

Gnawa, the centuries-old Moroccan traditional music, turns into a contemporary street party with energetic street art at OdeGand. This krima (Gnawa parade) signals the start of the first Ghent Gnawa Festival - les Fils d'Afriques. Three Maalems, or Gnawa masters, take to the streets together with their finest musicians:

  • Rida Stitou and the founders of the Brussels Gnawa tradition, les Gnawas de Bruxelles
  • Hisham Bilali and the talented young musicians of Black Koyo and Karkaba
  • Driss Filali and a group of passionate young people with a strong female segment

In a dazzling finale, the wind players of Remork, the house orchestra of MetX, join the parade. Expect to see a street party for young and old, with pounding percussion and intoxicating rhythmic movements! 

Practical information

The parade starts at 1:30 pm at Steendam and lasts until 3:30 pm.  The musicians arrives back at the starting point after crossing the city through the following route:

  •     1:30 pm departure from Steendam
  •     1:30 pm - 1:45 pm from Steendam to Stadshal by Belfortstraat
  •     1:45 pm - 1:55 pm interlude at Stadshal
  •     1:55 pm - 2:15 pm from the Stadshal to Bisdomplein by Nederpolder
  •     2:15 pm - 2:25 pm interlude at Bisdomplein
  •     2:25 pm - 2:40 pm from Bisdomplein to Sint-Baafsplein by Limburgstraat.
  •     2:40 pm - 2:50 pm interlude at Sint-Baafsplein
  •     2:50 pm - 3:30 pm from Sint-Baafsplein to Steendam by Lange Kruisstraat, Volderstraat, Veldstraat, Korenmarkt, Lange Munt and Vrijdagmarkt.

With special thanks to De Centrale


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