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

Hadia Abdelsalam Mokhtar EL miniawi Hadia at tra.gov.eg
Mon Apr 15 19:38:58 UTC 2019

Dear Roberto,

Thank you so much for organizing this. It would be difficult for me to arrive a couple of days early to Morocco. However, if arrive really early on Sunday, maybe I can catch up with  you. I let you know when I get my tickets, if this is not too  late.

Kind regards


From: At-Large <at-large-bounces at atlarge-lists.icann.org> on behalf of Maureen Hilyard <maureen.hilyard at gmail.com>
Sent: 15 April 2019 10:25
To: Roberto Gaetano
Cc: Discussion for At-Large Europe; At Large
Subject: Re: [At-Large] Moroccan music festival just before the ICANN meeting in Marrakesh

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<mailto:roberto_gaetano at hotmail.com>> wrote:
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.

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,

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