Cherry-picked Photography Quest


Every June, for over 90 years, the market town of Sefrou, nestled at the base of the middle Atlas Mountains in North Morocco, has celebrated the cherry season with its Cherry Festival.  Introduced to the region by the French, the big, red berry and its harvest have become the town’s emblem and popular happening of summer celebrations that includes traditional horse charges, music (both Arabic and Amazigh ), craft fairs, festival queen, fanfares, funfair games, fireworks, traditional dance performances and of course…… ripe, juicy cherries.

Residency / Festival Dates –  4th – 8th June 2015

cherry fest

Culture Vultures and ASIL Visuals invite practising photographers to dive deep into the festivities through the perception of a camera lens on a 4 –day, photo focused discovery of the local festival.  Share and discuss your work, approach and photography ethics in a traditional house in the ancient walled town over a fresh mint tea.  Be led through the crowd into the Amazigh tents, onto roof top viewing points, through artisan workshops and across the hills to gain a unique insight and meet your photographic muse on this arts and cultural quest.

One of the projects main objectives is to reveal the rich culture of the festival and ancient town through an arts program via responsible tourism and social engagement.    This approach enriches Culture Vultures’ vision to celebrate the arts and invest in an arts community locally.


Artistic and technical wizards of ASIL Visuals and the professional facilitation of Culture Vultures make up the perfect crew to lead a small group of arts practitioners to new perspectives; opening minds, doors and camera shutters to a world unbeknown to any other new visitor.  Med Anass El Issmaeli and Mehdi Bakkali, artists, shutterbugs and media fiends created and run ASIL Visuals.  Both organisations are based locally and driven by inspiration.

The 4-day program includes

  • Orientation visit of the town and festival site.
  • A lecture on the local culture and Sefrou’s Cherry Festival by a Fez University Professor.
  • Facilitation around the festival.
  • Local network and knowledge and support.


Residency Date –  4th – 8th June 2015

Selection is made through an application process and submission committee. The deadline for which is March 31st, 2015. Selected artists announced – 2nd April.    Places area limited to six practitioners.  

Cost of residency 550 Euros *

Includes – Comfortable Accommodation / A rich program / One delicious, main meal a day.

Does not include – Your adventure to or from Sefrou  / Travel or Medical Insurance / Cameras or Technical Equipment.  A proportion of meals.

*Moroccan, photography-based artists are invited to apply for the funded place of guest national artist.

mehdi bekkali

*Image by Mehdi Bakkali.  Thailand.

For more information or an application form write to

Images and Video (except *)  by Jess Stephens

CMJN de base

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