Third Annual Jidar StreetArt Festival Kicks Off in Rabat

Rabat – Cementing Rabat’s reputation as a place of artistic expression and cultural diversity, the Third Annual Jidar Street-Art Festival got underway April 21.Scheduled to span ten days, this year’s annual event is being held under the theme of multiculturalism.The 22 international artists set to decorate the walls of Rabat were chosen on the basis of their artwork, “inspired by their national heritage, the ancient cultures of their countries or simply for their fascinating works,” said the event’s organizers, the EAC- Boulevarassociation. The artists originate from several countries, namely Morocco, Spain, Germany, Italy, Colombia, Romania, Ukraine, Egypt and Mexico.Moroccan artists participating in the event include Mehdi Zemouri and AyoubAfrofatcap.Jidar 2017 promises to result in a colorful and compelling scenic view that will enrich the urban landscape of the city.The street artists’ work will showcaseMayan symbols, Byzantine-inspired drawings, medieval prints and Ukrainian folklore figures, which will be engraved on ten walls of the city.Half a dozen Spanish artists will jointly create “a visual identity” in Rabat’s skate park under the supervision of Spanish artist, AntonyoMarest.At the same time, three young African artists will work together to create “Residence Grafitti Connexion,” on Avenue Al Marsa,highlighting “the extraordinary vitality of an artistic movement that has taken off in the streets of several African capitals,” explained organizers.Finally, classes will be held at the National School of Architecture in Rabat with AntonyoMarest and the Grafitti Connexion group from April 28-30 to exhibit a street art performance. read more