Morocco: Culture and Arts
North Africa's Arabian Arcadia
The location of Morocco at the tip of North Africa has given it a rich history from prehistory through to the modern day. As a consequence, Morocco has a wealth of opportunities for anyone interested in a cultural or arts holiday. It has a rich variety of different cultures, Arab, Berber, Jewish, French and Spanish, each of which has left its mark on the modern-day country. Morocco is also an excellent location for contemporary arts, in that it has numerous music festivals, as well those for the visual arts.
There is also the Marrakesh International Film Festival, which is highly renowned. It is natural for Moroccan people to express themselves in so many different artistic ways, through making carpets, clothing, jewellery, ceramics, sculpture, painting, carving, and calligraphy. They even hold an international arts festival once a year to exhibit all of their talent. Moroccan art is really special and you will find many historical examples on display the numerous local museums, whilst more modern examples are displayed in art galleries and in the souks.
Moroccan museums are a treasure trove of art, archaeological finds and natural science artefacts, but the buildings themselves are often wonderful examples of the Moroccan architecture through the ages. Unfortunately, you will not be allowed into any of the mosques unless you happen to be a Muslim. However, the closest you are likely get to the inside of a mosque in Morocco is if you visit some ruins or disused mosques such as Tin Mal and Smara. If you are interested in older archaeology, then there are several Roman and Phonecian sites in Morocco too. Morocco is an excellent country for a culture and arts holiday.