Casablanca – King Mohammed VI launched, on Thursday, the construction of the Casablanca Grand Theater (CasArts), a project of the 2015-2020 Greater Casablanca Region Integrated Development Plan. The broad-scope project, to be carried out at the center of Morocco’s metropolis for an amount of 1.5 billion dirhams, shows the sovereign’s interest in promoting culture, deemed as a basis for the Nation’s cohesion, identity and authenticity. A reference site for art and culture and an architectural and urban icon for the city of Casablanca, “CasArts” will mirror the city’s cultural and artistic renewal. It seeks to improve local population’s access to cultural and artistic facilities with the aim of developing intellectual potential, talents and creativity. The facility, to be built according to international standards, will also contribute to the Moroccan public’s artistic education, promote local artistic creations via cooperation with other national and international cultural actors, and turn the region into a national and international destination for trade, entertainment and major events. The project, to be undertaken by the company “Casa Aménagement” within 36 months, will be funded by the State’s General Budget (280 mln MAD), the Interior ministry’s department in charge of local councils (480 mln MAD), Hassan II Fund for Economic and Social development (400 mln MAD), the Greater Casablanca region (100 mln MAD) and the Casablanca Urban Commune (180 mln). “CasArts” will consist of halls for shows (1,800 seats), drama (600 seats) and concerts (300 seats), areas for rehearsal and creation, kids pedagogical workshops, a village for artists and technicians, shops, and an open air area for concerts that can seat up to 35,000 people. The project features the development of the “Rachidi” and “Mohammed V” squares which will house afterwards underground parking lots for 900 cars.The Casablanca Grand Theater will fit perfectly into the Casablanca agglomeration’s urban layout, on the back of the 2015-2020 Greater Casablanca Region Integrated Development Plan, launched last September by HM the King and the “Wessal Casablanca-Port” project.