Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Tan-Tan festival - November 28-30.

Moroccan and foreign tourists will pour into the southern city of Tan-Tan to celebrate the desert and nomadic life, as part of the fifth Tan-Tan festival that runs from November 28th to 30th.

Nomadic tribes from all over the Moroccan Sahara, Mauritania, Mali and as far as Niger will meet in the southern city and set up tents to pay tribute to a lifestyle that a diminishing number of men and women struggle to keep alive within a globalized world.

The tents will hold thematic displays on Berber and Hassani lifestyles: cooking, marriage ceremonies, weaving, popular games, the teaching of the Koran, and the nomadic lifestyle.

Through the nights of the three-day festival, the dunes will vibrate to the sounds of concerts given by local and foreign folklore groups in wonderful spots. A special night will be held at the embouchure of Chbika river, one of the few breaks in the undulating cliffs where the flat, rocky hammada landscape of the desert meets the sure, strong currents of the Atlantic Ocean.

However, the major entertainment will incontestably be the Camel, the “desert ship”. Tourists and participants alike will queue to follow camel races, the popular sports of the desert, and camel parades that feature the best camels in the region.

The festival will feature other sports and cultural activities, such as the 2nd international road race, Hassani poetry and a movie screening.


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