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Gnaouas are applying to UNESCO

“A new chapter will open when the Gnaoua culture will be part of UNESCO’s oral and intangible heritage,” said the founders of the Essaouira festival.

The Ministry of Culture announces that this file will be examined by the UN organization, from 9 to 14 December 2019 in Colombia.

Six other heritages are already on the UNESCO list: Jamâa El Fna square, hunting falcon, argan … But it is a half-victory for the promoters of this file. For years, they have been asking the government to list their Gnaoua culture on the emergency and non-representative safeguard list.

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