Preservation, Revitalization and Promotion of Jemaa el-Fna Square, Marrakech

  • Project budget:
    • US$ 152,898
  • Source:
    • Japan Funds-in-Trust
  • Dates of implementation:
    • 01/03/2004 - 01/12/2008

Benefitting country(ies): Morocco


Dating back to the fourteenth century, the triangular Jemaa el-Fna Square has become the symbol of Marrakech, protected as part of Morocco’s artistic heritage since 1922. It features a unique concentration of traditions, such as storytelling, healing and various forms of entertainment as well as commercial activities.

The project consists of pedagogical workshops, which have been organized in several schools around Marrakech. The preparatory work necessary for archiving and creating databases has started. Books and educational materials about the cultural space will be published, and a website will be designed.
The project aims to raise awareness within schools as well as in communities at the national and international levels. It also expects to facilitate the transmission of knowledge to younger generations and document the intangible cultural heritage elements associated with this cultural space.

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