Since 1960, at the initiative of King Mohamed V, the red city has hosted the popular arts through the Foundation Festival of Marrakech, since the previous edition, the festival FNAP are turning to the youth. The 2012 edition offers young people active participation, showing a more modern Moroccan heritage. This desire is part of the prospect of the 50th anniversary of FNAP.
On the opening the parade will run through three km, linking Place Du 16 Novembre, the
Jemaa El Fna square and Avenue Mohammed V. The parade will highlight the work of some 600 artists, connecting art and the people of the city.
The second year for the innovative concept that is The Village Festival, will emerge a cultural centre dedicated to the public, installed in the gardens of Ghabat Chabab, next to music and artists of the new Moroccan scene, like H-Kayne. National wealths such as crafts and local produce will also be exhibited. You will be able to discover workshops, film screenings, lectures and beautiful shows that tell us how the artists today build on the ancestral knowledge of Morocco.
The National Festival of Popular Arts and the El Badii Palace in Marrakch have been collaborating since 1967; this gem built in the late 16th century is re-born every year by hosting the festival each evening at 9.30pm.
Text Stephanie Jacob
Translation Karen Athwal