Founded in 2004, the Marrakech Biennale (MB) is a not-for-profit association whose mission is to position Marrakech as a platform for contemporary art in Africa, the Middle East and the Mediterranean region. By benefitting from Marrakech’s ideal location as a geographic and cultural crossroads, the Biennale seeks to become a world-class event synonymous with artistic excellence and cultural diversity, and to promote dialogue through all forms of artistic expression, and contemporary art by encouraging contact between the artists and their audience.

For the first time, the 2016 Biennale will present its program in public spaces and free of charge, in an effort to welcome a wider public and reinforce the Biennale’s connection to Marrakech’s urban historical landscape. Another step in opening the Biennale to a wider public is the new collaboration with the International Meetings of Art in Public Places Awaln'art, through which the program in public spaces will be intensified.

The Biennale will also be in view for the first time over a prolonged period of 11 weeks. Each weekend the Biennale will present a diverse program of artist talks, performances, and symposiums.