A slice of North African culture will enliven St Ann’s Square this week as the Moroccan Market of Handicraft returns to the city.
The touring market has chosen Manchester as a destination on its journey across the country after the remarkable success of the bazaar last year.
The market brings the vibrancy, colour and some much needed sun with the chance to experience a stunning range of arts and crafts from Moroccan artisans working traditional methods, producing quality and authentic produce.
This is the second time the market has pitched up in the city offering five days of Moroccan culture between Tuesday 1 May and Saturday 5 May - between 9am and 5.30pm each day.
Whether you're looking for a special gift or planning to bring a taste of Morocco into your home, the market brings the Kasbah directly to you with traders offering products from pottery and ceramics through to handmade carpets and leather goods.
Get ready to lose yourself in the culture as you wander through the Berber tents with real sights and sounds, soaking up the atmosphere with the Moroccan Gnawa band and tasting the way of life with traditional foods - prepared with authentic herb and spices.
Aziz Afkir, organiser of the Moroccan Market of Handicraft, said: "We were so pleased with the success of the Berber market last summer we just had to return to Manchester . The local people are always fantastic - they really want to immerse themselves in Moroccan culture - and the square is always so lively it feels like we are in a real bazaar."
Vicky Rosin, Manchester City Council's Deputy Chief Executive, said: "Manchester Markets continue to surprise with the varied array of traders they bring to the city. It's fantastic to see different cultures being represented - showcasing the best in traditional crafts and foods - that go towards enriching the lives and experiences of Manchester residents."
For more information visit: http://www.themoroccanmarketofhandicraft.co.uk/