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Morocco Seeks to Include Art of Abidat Rma in UNESCO’s World Intangible Heritage

Morocco wants to classify the art of Abidat Rma in the world intangible heritage of humanity, said the regional director of culture Beni Mellal-Khénifra, Azouz Boujamid.

The Ministry of Culture wishes to bring the popular art of Abidat Rma at the global level so that it is included in the list of intangible heritage of humanity, said Mr. Boujmid in a statement to the press on the sidelines of the 21st edition of the national festival of Abidat Rma held from 1 to 3 July under the patronage of HM King Mohammed VI.

Boujamid said in this regard that this operation requires huge efforts from all stakeholders, noting that the Department of Culture is working to inventory all data relating to this ancestral heritage which is the reputation of several cities in the Kingdom in view of its inclusion in the intangible cultural heritage of UNESCO.

Regarding the national festival of Abidat Rma held this year in Khouribga, Bejaad and Oued Zem, he noted that this annual event is part of the efforts made by the Department of Culture to safeguard the intangible cultural heritage.

“It’s been more than 20 years that the Ministry of Culture to organize this event each year with the assistance of several partners to ensure the continuity of the popular art of Abidat Rma and encourage the rising generations to engage in it, “he said.

About forty troops Abidat Rma from different regions of the country participate in this edition held under the sign “Abidat Rma, living art and eternal heritage.

This 21st edition of the national festival of “Abidat Rma” is a consecration of the cultural and artistic influence of this important appointment on the agenda of heritage festivals in Morocco.

The opening ceremony of this edition was marked by the tribute paid to Aboul Kaddour and Mohamed El Rhazouani, two deans of Abidat Rma.

The national festival Abidat Rma is part of the strategy of the Ministry to preserve the tangible and intangible cultural heritage of the Kingdom.

This annual cultural event brings together the best folk troops Abidat Rma with the aim of promoting this authentic musical genre that links the past to the present in a symbiosis reflecting the richness of Moroccan culture.

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