Created in 1990, the Musée d’Arts Contemporains is installed in the erstwhile British Consulate – a prestigious villa built in 1890 at number 2, rue d’Angleterre. The museum presents the masterpieces of a host of contemporary Moroccan artists belonging to various artistic schools, essentially from the 1980s and 1990s.
This is a great opportunity to discover the contemporary pictorial talents of the country, such as, for example, Abdallah Hariri, Farid Belkarhia or Chaibia Tallal. Don’t miss the paintings of Fatima Hassan, one of the most talented women painters.
Rabat exhibits its shimmering carpets, and the north of the country presents its marquetry-decorated weapons and pottery with floral motifs. Fez dazzles with its delicate silks, ancient illuminated books, and vivid golden and blue ceramics. Painted wooden ceilings, carved plaster, and mosaics form a sumptuous decor that is in perfect harmony with the richness of the collections on show.
El Sahrij Medersa is the oldest Koranic school of Fès. Located next to the Andalusian Mosque, it was built in 1321, under the Merinid sultanate. Dominated by a distinctive green and white minaret, it is very richly decorated. Through an open door, you will catch sight of a floor covered with mosaics.
Its walls combine sculpted plaster, cedar wood and the “zelliges” characteristic of the other Koranic schools in the town. Its originality lies in that it is the only one to have a basin in the middle of its patio, hence its name. Very Andalusian in style, this basin subtly reminds us that the right bank of the Fès oued was colonised in 818 by hundreds of Muslims, chased out of Andalusia by the Christian armies.
During the Marrakech Popular Arts Festival in July, outdoor venues throughout the city host traditional folk performances from all over Morocco. El Badi Palace and its courtyards in particular are packed with enthusiastic performers and spectators. From the Berber musicians and dancers of the High Atlas to the Andalus-inspired musicians of the North, and from the trance-inducing music of the Southern Gnaouas to the art of belly dancing, every element of Moroccan culture combines to create a vibrant celebration.