In January 26, 2016 artist Giacomo Bufarini RUN created one of the world’s largest street art works spanning across 6,400 square meters in the seaside town of Essaouira, Morocco. Depicting two people communication across two borders, the mural titled 'Les Rives' was painted on the floor of Moulay Hassan Square.

The completion of the mural marked the opening of the Marrakech Biennale later that month.

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The Marrakech Biennale was founded in 2004 by Vanessa Branson as a not­-for-­profit association to position Marrakech as a platform for contemporary art in Africa, the Middle East and the Mediterranean region. 

For the first time in the Biennale's history, Street Art will form an integral part of the MB6 programme across two cities Marrakech and Essoauira. 

This year's core programme is curated by Reem Fadda, currently Associate Curator of Middle Eastern Art for the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Project. The Street Art programme is curated by Vestalia Chilton of ATTOLLO, London. 

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For the duration of 3 months leading international and local street artists are invited to Morocco to participate in the 6th Edition of the Marrakech Biennale. The public nature of street art allows for dialogue with audiences of all background, inclusion rather than exclusion being the inspirational and motivating force.

Moroccan architecture and design is often characterized by tiled patterns and murals that narrate colourful cultural tales, which in their own right represent a traditional form of street art.

Artists Mad C (Germany), Dotmaster (UK), Dourone (Spain), Giacomo RUN (Italy), Dag Insky (France), Kalamour (Morocco), Alexey Lucas (Russia), LX.ONE (France), Lucy McLauchlan (UK), Remi Rough (UK), Sickboy (UK) and Yesbee (UK) among others, will create murals in a number of public spaces that include the rooftops of the souks in the Medina (‘Gallery in the Sky’), walls around Gueliz, the new part of Marrakech and in the city of Essaouira.

Photography by Ian Cox