Intangible Heritage Museum Jamaa el-Fna opens in Marrakech on Friday (FNM)

Rabat – The National Foundation of Museums (FNM) announces the opening to the public, Friday in Marrakech, of Jamaâ el-Fna, an Intangible Heritage Museum, after several years of restoration work.

The Jamaa el-Fna Square, which was named the first site on the list of oral and intangible heritage of humanity by UNESCO in 2008, is a meeting place and a melting pot of various oral traditions, according to a statement from the Foundation.

According to the same source, the museum is housed in the former Bank Al Maghrib headquarters and provides visitors with the chance to learn about the mythical square of Jamaa el-history. Fna’s This helps to promote the “halqa” (storyteller’s circle) and its various arts and raise public awareness of the importance of this shared heritage so that it can be preserved and passed down to future generations.

The exhibition is devoted to Jamaa el-Fna Square and its actors, and it is broken up into various sections that cover the history of Marrakech and Jamaa el-Fna Square, the presentation of the halqa and “hlaiqis” (storytellers), as well as the techniques and tasks they perform.

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The museum, which was created in keeping with the structure that houses it, introduces a numismatic section, a tribute to Bank Al Maghrib and the employees there, as well as a room devoted to the presentation of the square through the arts (painting, theater, cinema and photography). Two Jacques Majorelle masterpieces that vividly depict the locale’s daily life are on display, along with works by other notable painters who have contributed to the development of Moroccan painting in general and local painting in particular.

The Jamaa El-Fna Intangible Heritage Museum was created as an extension of Marrakech’s vibrant center. It expands the city’s collection of museums and aids in the preservation and dissemination of the city’s ancestry and universal heritage, which is an important component of the collective memory.

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