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

Maureen Hilyard maureen.hilyard at gmail.com
Mon Apr 15 08:25:05 UTC 2019

Dear Roberto

I would have loved to add an extra day or two onto my travel. but Marrakech
is such a hassle to get to from my part of the world, and to get home is
even worse, that I have decided to save my musical interest to the GEMS
night which I hope is still happening to liven up proceedings at this
jam-packed ICANN meeting...



On Thu, Apr 11, 2019 at 2:48 PM Roberto Gaetano <roberto_gaetano at hotmail.com>

> 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>
> 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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