The FNAP, an unmissable event, took place in a festive, jovial and warm atmosphere, in the Ocher City, in the presence of national and international emblematic figures and eminent personalities from the worlds of culture, arts and media.
This edition was organized, under the High Patronage of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, by the Association Le Grand Atlas (AGA) in partnership with the Ministry of Youth, Culture and Communication under the masterful leadership of Professor Mohamed Knidiri, former Minister of National Education, founder of Cadi Ayad University (UCA), president of the AGA and director of the Festival.
After a breathtaking opening ceremony, the curtain fell, at the Royal Theater of Marrakech, on this event after 5 days rich in artistic evenings animated by an audience of folk troupes from different regions of the Kingdom.
During the closing evening of this colorful event, the public present was invited to appreciate various artistic performances brilliantly interpreted by several Moroccan folk groups, in particular Dekka El-Marrakchia, Rokba de Zagora, Ahwach, Gnaoua , Aissawa and Aabidat R’ma, who performed on stage, in turn, to properly celebrate the richness and diversity of Morocco’s intangible cultural heritage.
Several music lovers responded each evening to the Royal Theater and the emblematic square located in the heart of the upscale district of Guéliz, in an atmosphere full of joy and enthusiasm, to appreciate the magical performances brilliantly interpreted by popular artists, and to discover and explore part of Moroccan identity and culture, through artistic paintings reflecting the diversity, richness and historical roots of Moroccan civilization and culture.
Five days of celebrations offered by folk groups from all regions of the Kingdom but also by a wide range of artists from almost all continents of the planet.
The National Festival of Popular Arts is a benchmark for the dissemination and production of world sounds and music. Each year, it invites you to travel to the heart of the traditions and customs of the various participating countries for half a century already.
As proof, the great enthusiasm of the Moroccan and foreign public. Professor Mohamed Knidiri, president of the FNAP, attributes this success “to the artists who have enriched this edition with their unique performances” and described the participation in this edition as “historic”.
It should be noted that thousands of people followed the artistic performances performed in the various spaces of the Festival, namely the mythical Jemaâ El Fna square, El Harti square, the Royal Theater. “The success of this edition allows a new start for this heritage artistic event through which we aim to support and encourage young people to train their troops, in order to achieve the preservation of Moroccan popular arts”, indicates-t- he. And to add: “We have been able to restore continuity after the coronavirus pandemic and give smiles and joy to lovers of popular arts through this 52nd edition, which was a renewed start for this festival which opens on the cultures of the world”.
The organizers of this artistic event wanted to preserve the spirit of the festival, by inviting folk groups from other countries to present the fusion of world music and dance.
FNAP 2023 was marked by the participation of African troupes alongside national and international artists.