[At-Large] Moroccan music festival just before the ICANN meeting in Marrakesh

Leah Symekher lsymek at gmail.com
Mon Apr 15 07:56:32 UTC 2019

Hello Roberto:

Apologies, since I had to cancel my 'yes' doodle confirmation.

Best Regards,
Leah Symekher

On 2019/04/11 17:48, Roberto Gaetano wrote:
> Folks,
> As of today only few people have replied to the Doodle poll.
> We are approaching the moment in which a decision has to be made about 
> renting transportation from Marrakesh to Essaouira and back, and if 
> there is not a sufficient number of participants a bus would not be an 
> economically viable solution.
> So please reply to the poll if you plan to join.
> Please feel free to forward this email further, for instance to other 
> ALAC Regional mailing lists.
> Cheers,
> Roberto
>> On 11.03.2019, at 15:32, Roberto Gaetano <roberto_gaetano at hotmail.com 
>> <mailto:roberto_gaetano at hotmail.com>> wrote:
>> Hi all.
>> We have an excellent opportunity to be exposed to the local musical 
>> culture when attending the ICANN meeting in Marrakesh.
>> In Essaouira - close to Marrakesh - the Gnawa Festival (see 
>> http://www.essaouira.nu/calendar_festival_gnaoua.htm) will take place 
>> from 20 to 23 June. The ICANN meeting will start officially on the 24 
>> June - but some activities are likely to start earlier.
>> Aziz Hilali, whom we all know, told me that it would be possible to 
>> organise day trips from Marrakesh to Essaouira to allow people to go 
>> there for the festival. The reason why we strongly recommend day 
>> trips from Marrakesh is twofold: people who want to attend only one 
>> day can do so without changing hotel and, last but not least, it will 
>> be extremely difficult to get a hotel in Essaouira during the 
>> festival. As a matter of fact, having had myself difficulties in 
>> finding accommodation in Essaouira off-season I can well believe that 
>> for these hot dates the place will be fully booked already now, three 
>> months in advance.
>> Anyway, long story short, I have prepared a Doodle poll and ask you 
>> to fill in your preferred dates should you be willing and able to 
>> join this initiative. Based on the response, busses could be 
>> organised for the popular dates. We need to have a first idea about 
>> whether there is enough interest - if this is the case, we can go to 
>> the next step: Aziz will announce this option when presenting ICANN 
>> 65 later this week and we can start making concrete plans, including 
>> scheduling the arrival date accordingly.
>> Of course, please feel free to forward the Doodle poll url 
>> https://doodle.com/poll/f4cq8vwnu56uzws9 to your other communities 
>> and stakeholder groups. If anybody is not comfortable to put their 
>> names in the Doodle page - where all participants to the poll can 
>> read them - please feel free to email me directly mentioning the 
>> possible dates of interest.
>> Best regards,
>> Roberto
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