Updated: Jul 23, 2019
An epic end to an amazing week with the group of young people we took to Morocco on a photography retreat: LBG x Larache 2018. Shukran bzaf to all our supporters for making this the most memorable project all year:
Fondation Hassan II, the Moroccan consulate in London, Cos Radeel Orphanage in Larache, British embassy in Rabat, Hassan Hajjaj and the Riad Yima team in Marrakech, the Surete Nacional for the extra security during our stay, governor of the province of Larache; Mustapha Ennouhi, all the poets who fundraised for us at mind over matter + poetry prescribed + Long Live x Speakeazy events and of course our very loyal individual donors for showing us continuous love
We explored 5 cities across 7 days
We were welcomed to Rabat by Mohammed Metran; the UK ambassador of public affairs in morocco - watched France win the cup from poolside!
Toured Casablanca; visiting the world’s tallest Mosque ‘Grande Mosque Hassan II’ and the old Jewish quarter ‘Ben Jaber’ entering the historical ‘Beth el Synagogue’ which showed harmonious unity of two important Moroccan cultures
Spent a magical afternoon in the peaceful botanical gardens designed by Yves saint Laurent ’Jardin Majorelle’ in Marrakech and were invited by famous photographer London based/ Larache born Hassan Hajjaj for an inspirational photoshoot day in his amazing Riad Yima. Not to forget meeting Koroccan rapper Komy and sharing a traditional meal + dance with legendary Maroune Ibhja!
Finishing the retreat in Larache, hometown for many Moroccans in Ladbroke Grove and many of last year’s victims
We were welcomed by a group of orphans at the Cos Randeel Summer Camp, who helped us plant 5 special trees in memory of those we lost in the fire. A legacy we hope will grow and nourish in abundance.
To all the young people who made this such a special journey; I hope you were able to take away many moments of reflection, great memories and inspiration from the trip - such an amazing group thank you a million times!
One last and massive thanks to my FerArts team! Nadia, Rajaa, Samir, Aziza and Dhelia- your expertise and support has been a blessing - legends!