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Festival in the Desert

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  • Press Release announcing the 2013 Caravan of Artists for Peace and National Unity Festival in the Desert.

    Travel to western Africa for Festival in the Desert, a world music and Tuareg culture festival, modeled on the traditional gatherings and celebrations of the Tuareg people, the "Blue Men of the Desert." It features musicians from Mali, Mauritania, Niger and many other countries worldwide in Oursi, Burkina Faso, 350 km northeast of Ouagadougou. The Oursi site was chosen for its physical (a set of sand dunes) and cultural (Songhai, Tuareg and Fulani communites) similarites with Timbuktu.

    One of the best places in the world for music lovers and performers. Malian musical traditions are derived from the griots, who are known as "Keepers of Memories". Malian music is diverse and has several different genres. Some famous Malian influences in music are kora virtouso musician Toumani Diabaté, the late roots and blues guitarist Ali Farka Touré, the Tuareg band Tinariwen, and several Afro-pop artists such as Salif Keita, the duo Amadou et Mariam, Oumou Sangare, and Habib Koité.

    Festival dates are February 20, 21 & 22, 2013.

    The main purpose of the festival is to promote peace through music with tolerance shown by bringing people together, regardless of origin and religious beliefs

    This isn't a luxury vacation, but a unique cultural experience that requires adapting to local conditions.

    A portion of festival ticket sales are used to help the local community with projects such as building wells.

    There are no hotels, accommodations consist of Tuareg tents and ground mats.

    There is no running water, but latrines and bucket-showers are available.

    Hot meals are prepared on-site.

    Desert temperatures in January are hot during the day (30 C / 86 F) , but quite cold at night (5 C / 41 F)

    Travelers must bring their passport, visa, sleeping bags.

    Official website http://www.festival-a... Ask questions.

    Let's meetup a few times in Boston before we leave, so we can discuss expectations and travel plans as well as coordinate our itineraries for meetups at the festival.

    Get there when you can and stay as long it takes to share your plans on what to see and do.

    First trip planning meetup to be determined

    Second trip planning meetup to be determined

    Third trip planning meetup to be determined

    You MUST confirm with a call/text[masked] or email [masked] by noon on the day of the trip planning meetup, that you will attend the meeting.

    You are expected to make your own air and lodging arrangements.

    Get in touch with me or Thornton for travel plan advice.

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  • Kafunda

    Tonya, have you done this type of thing before? Can you provide some insight to your experience? Very curious and tempted!

    July 7

  • Melanie

    I want to go to this but I'm not sure about the dates.

    May 8, 2014

  • denise

    This is on my bucket list though. Maybe next year. Merci.

    February 13, 2013

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    Tbird, fantastic idea and love the name! I'm excited about spreading our wings to reach distant... more

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    I am eager to meet new people and explore new places. I love to travel... more

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    I love traveling and want to do more of it. I'd love to join the flock and spread my wings:)

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    Hi I am Renee!

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    Assistant Organizer

    Hi I'm Tiffany, and I enjoy traveling! I would like to share my travel experiences and get... more

  • Lovern M.

    Hi, I'm looking forward to broadening my travel horizons

  • Kat

    I'm interested in attending cultural and travel events.

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