past events gallery

2021 Gala Dinner

2 November 2021

The highlight of our 2021 events schedule, the BMS hosted our annual Gala dinner in celebration of 300 years of friendship between the UK and the Kingdom of Morocco at the St James’ Court in Buckingham Gate, London.

Tickets include a drinks reception, a 3 course meal, wine and soft drinks on the table and entertainment.

Dinner was followed by speeches, including an address from our Guest of Honour, Professor Rachid Yazami, world renowned Moroccan scientist who invented the battery technology behind modern cellphones, and a charity auction and raffle. 

We were also delighted to host a table of Moroccan Chevening and Oxford University scholars, whose tickets were kindly subsidized by members.

After dinner entertainment included a dance floor and DJ playing traditional Moroccan music.

Proceeds from the event went towards our annual charitable giving programme in Morocco.

House of Lords Tea

30 September 2021


Sketch Social – London
1 September 2021

Online Talk – James von Leyden

20 July 2021

Online Talk – Tahir Shah

29 April 2021


 Online Talk – The Unknown Fallen with Luc Ferrier

25 March 2021

Online Talk – Our Morocco with Lucas Peters

24 February 2021

Online Talk – Living Tangier by Abdelmajid Hannoum

14 January 2021

Online Talk – Henna Cafe Marrakech 

1 December 2020 

BMS Excursion to Marrakech & region
8 February – 12 February 2020

Gala Dinner
6 November 2019

Talk by Richard Hamilton
12 September 2019

“Morocco on the move” Conference
9 July 2019

Rally Marrakech Sahara
27 April – 3 May 2019

Fundraising evening at Vanessa Branson’s house
Gala Dinner at Millennium Gloucester Hotel
6 November 2018

BMS Tour to Fez, Meknes, Ifrane, Azrou, Volubilis
15 – 19 September 2018

Rally Marrakech Sahara

Gala Dinner

HMS President

Rally Marrakech Sahara

Casablanca excursion

Gala Dinner – November 2016

Gala dinner at St. James’ Court, A Taj Hotel, 54 Buckingham Gate, London SW1E 6AF followed by a raffle and auction.

Bastards – Film & Discussion Panel – July 2016

Documentary film “Bastards’’ followed by discussion with Deborah Perkin (producer & director) and with Rabha (central character in the film).

Joint event with the Moroccan Children’s Trust at The Lexi Cinema, 194b Chamberlayne Rd, Kensal Rise, London NW10 3JU

Rally Marrakech Sahara – May 2016

Benedicte Clarkson, the rally organiser, shares her very interesting blog and beautiful photos of the very successful Rally here.

Next year’s rally will take place from Sunday 7 to Friday 12 May 2017 and will go through the Dades Valley at the same time as the famous sweet smelling Rose Festival.

Tangier Excursion – April 2016

21 members of the British Moroccan Society enjoyed a very special excursion to Tangier & Tetuan (19-23 April 2016) comprising:

  • visits to 8 inspirational charities/organisations
  • a thrilling show at the Darna Theatre
  • generous hospitality in 5 gorgeous private homes and gardens
  • talks given by 2 authors in the group at the British University campus in Tangier
  • tours of Palais Moulay Hafid and the America Legation

© Aine Marsland

For more info about the charities in Tangier, please go to

Samantha Herron Talk – February 2016

“I was delighted to be invited to speak to members of the British Moroccan Society about my experiences living with a family of former nomads in Morocco’s Draa Valley, and my recent publication ‘The Djinn in the Skull: Stories from hidden Morocco’.

I shared the story of my immersion in Moroccan culture and how the experience changed and transformed my life; and how listening to the stories which are shared informally whenever Moroccans gather together socially, led to my imagining and writing my own Moroccan stories.

The audience was wonderful, both engaged in my own personal story and responsive to the stories from ‘The Djinn in the Skull’ which I read out for them. The whole evening was perfectly rounded off with Moroccan mint tea and cookies.”

For more information or to purchase Samantha’s book, you can visit her website:

Iftar – July 2015

Talk at the House of Lords – April 2015

Morocco Excursion – November 2014

Gala Dinner – November 2014

Iftar – July 2014     


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