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 The wonders of Casablanca in the spotlight of Heritage Days

Written by FDM

The 10th edition Casablanca Heritage Days’ opening ceremony took place at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts on Wednesday May 09 at 6:30 in the presence of authorities and the vice mayor of Bordeaux. It was later followed by a soulful concert of singer OUM.

For their 10th anniversary, Casablanca Heritage Days, starting May 9 to 13, will discover some of the emblematic heritage sites of the Moroccan metropolis. Various activities, concerts and street theater will take place in the public squares of the city. Also, no less than 350 volunteer guides will take part of guided tours and for the first time, nocturnal visits are scheduled.

This year, the 10th edition focuses on the theme “My city, my heritage” and will pay tribute to the material and immaterial capital of the city. “Casablancais are becoming more and more sensitive to their heritage and they are learning to look at it differently,” says tMounya Boushaba, a member of the Casamémoire association. “Today, we realize that most of our visitors come from the most remote areas of the city center.”

Friday, May 12, the tours will begin with a day specially dedicated to school children in the Greater Casablanca region. Young children will be able to walk in the historic districts of the Moroccan metropolis. “We receive about 10,000 students, most of whom come from public institutions,” says Mounya. Saturday and Sunday will be open to the general public who can tour the buildings and emblematic places of the white city, from 9am to 6pm, for free.

Several new features will spice up this new edition. Night visits were organized in the old medina as well as bike tours. These are also free but available upon registration. For this, 350 volunteer guides trained by the Casamémoire association will lead the five circuits developed by the organizers. For children, there will be a treasure hunt that will be held in the old medina, “a very educational way to introduce them to the circuit while having fun and learning,” Mounya rejoices.

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the twinning agreement of Casablanca and Bordeaux cities, the famous French city will be present for the occasion. A delegation specially from France will make the trip and offer various activities in the Moroccan city.