Jidar Street Art Festival
Jidar Street Art Festival (Rabat) – first time visitors to Rabat in recent years may notice that portions of the city resemble an open-air art gallery, with local and international street artists painting elaborate works of art on the sides of buildings there.
Every April, an independent organization called the Artistic and Cultural Education-L’Boulvart (EAC-L’Boulvart) Association puts together this art festival (“Jidar Street Art Festival”) – inviting local and international artists to Rabat, and paint murals on various buildings throughout the city. Given the high quality of these murals, the city effectively becomes an open-air museum for passersby to see. In 2019, Moroccan artist Machima (a digital artist based in Casablanca), as well as international artists like Phlegm (a world-renowned British cartoonist and illustrator), and Caratoes (a Belgian-born contemporary artist who currently lives in Hong Kong) were among the Festival’s participants.
Thanks to this initiative (which has support from the Moroccan government and the private sector), not only Rabat, but other major cities like Casablanca and Marrakech, as well as smaller cities like Safi and Essaouira are also becoming sites for such artistic projects. More info on this festival and related murals can be found at: https://www.jidar.ma/