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Jidar, Rabat’s street art festival draws international attention |


RABAT–“Jidar – Rabat Street Art Festival” will hold its sixth session, September 16-26, organised by the “Le Boulevard” association and with the participation of more than 20 artists from Morocco and around the world.

“Le Boulevard” association said that, over the course of the ten-day festival, a group of artists will decorate the Moroccan capital and involve its residents in creative projects that will embellish the walls of the city.

This years festival will see the painting of nine murals over a number of Rabat neighbourhoods.

Le Boulevard explained that the festival “has contributed, since its launch in 2015, to the aesthetic transformations experienced by the alleys, neighbourhoods and streets of the capital of lights, the capital of African culture, as it became an experimental open-air studio for global urban art, visited by a group of well-known street artists, who aim to enrich its cultural heritage in the world of murals.”.

The number of murals in Rabat has increased in recent years, including dozens of paintings on five-storey buildings.  Some of the art projects were supervised by artists from Peru, Mexico, Japan, Greece, Spain, France among other countries. Experienced in the art of murals, these painters created scenes from their countries, including messages of community cooperation and the beauty of life when permeated by love and brotherhood.

A drawing from the “Jidar – Rabat Street Art Festival”. (https://jidar.ma/2021/)
A drawing from the “Jidar – Rabat Street Art Festival”. (https://jidar.ma/2021/)

Indeed murals have spread to other Moroccan cities, including Casablanca, Asilah, Safi, El Jadida, Meknes, Marrakesh, Agadir and Settat.

Some of the artwork represents scenes from Moroccan life and includes landscapes of tourist attractions, such as old markets, views of the ocean coast, mountains, desert sites and other Moroccan scenery.

Le Boulevard noted that after six years of continuous creativity, the Jidar mural art festival has become an international landmark that is now considered one of the best of its kind.



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