The 6th Edition of the Gnaoua Show Festival for the World is set to rock Marrakech with a grand and prestigious artistic program from the 3rd to the 6th of May 2023. The Association Le Grand Atlas and the Hmitti Association for Culture and Artistic Creation, in collaboration with the Ministry of Youth, Culture, and Communication (Department of Culture), and with the coordination of the Municipal Council of Marrakech and the Council of the Marrakech-Safi region, are organizing this significant event.
Over ten Gnaoui masters, renowned icons of Gnawa art, hailing from diverse regions of the Kingdom, will participate in this cultural extravaganza on a large scale. During the committee's press conference, which was dedicated to showcasing the preparation progress and program of the 6th edition, the Organizing Committee confirmed that the seasoned Gnaoua Show masters would present a series of shows and new productions in conjunction with the Center "Nojoum Jemaâ El Fna (Stars of Jemaa El Fna)" combining songs and dances on an Afro-Gnaoui rhythm and sound.
The city of Marrakech is all set to become an open-air theater where wandering artists will perform in the most emblematic corners of the ochre city, such as the legendary Jemaâ El Fna Square and the November 16 Square, also known as "Place El Harti." The Gnaoua Show, a particular project of the Hmiti father and son that is practically inscribed across the Kingdom, redefines its relationship with otherness and diversity.
The Association Le Grand Atlas, which heads this grand partnership, is elated with the surprise effect of the return of the audience, thanks to robust mediation and communication, investing sustainably and striving to preserve its foundation since the pandemic's sad moments.
Professor Mohamed Knidiri, President of the AGM, stresses that the Gnaoua Show defends the artistic and cultural identity of the territory while contributing to the cultural and tourist influence of Marrakech, as well as the promotion of the resources of the creative economy. This festival, since its inception, has become a center for the production and support of artists and has achieved increasing public success, providing a festive space for all generations and a meeting place to stimulate debates and forums, which can encourage moments of conviviality and sharing.
The National Festival of Popular Arts of Marrakech presented the magnificent Afro-Moroccan feats of Gnawais dances and music for the first time in 1960, in the presence of His Majesty the late King Hassan II, then Crown Prince, and King Hussein of Jordan, at the Jardin EL Harti.