From HuffPost Maghreb
05/28/2015 08:50 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Street Art Transforms Morocco's Capital Into A Living Canvas

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Graffiti has been called many things: an urban scourge, a sign of civilization's breakdown, a petty crime.

But in Rabat, the city's residents are throwing their arms open to welcome a dizzying array of murals, frescoes and paintings by street artists, infusing the streets of Morocco's capital with new life.

The first annual Jidar Festival, held from May 15-24, 2015, is a celebration of public art. Artists from all over the world have converged on the seaside city, transforming Rabat itself into a canvas. This spring, splashes of unruly color peek out everywhere from under palm trees.

Below, take a look at the Jidar Festival's lush collection of urban art.

Rabat's Jidar Festival Celebrates Street Art

Photos by Anouar Oubnichou

This article was originally published on HuffPost Morocco and was adapted for an American audience.