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The Taragalte Festival Marks Its Return With a Star-Studded Program

Written by FDM

Workshops, events, debates, dance shows, and concerts… The program for the 11th edition of Taragalte promises a return to the festival in style, from October 28 to 30.

With the theme “Heritage sobriety”, the Taragalte festival places the power and diversity of the heritage of nomadic culture at the heart of its programming, always with concern for the creation of a sustainable and eco-responsible festival.

The dunes of the oasis M’hamid El Ghizlane will see dozen new concerts, each evening held around its own theme. The first, on Friday 28 October, honors the “Cultural Caravan for Peace”. The second, the “Rhythms of the world”, and the third, the “Desert Blues”, respectively on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 October.

Among the artists expected, the singer Oum, who will be on stage alongside the Cuban saxophonist M-Carlos to present “Hals”, their latest joint album, the group Jubantouja specializes in the register of rock fusion in Amazigh, the singer Kawtar Sadik, the rock and blues group GénérationTaragalte, the Gnawa group Pigeons du sable, the female formation Mnat Aichata, originally from Guelmim and specialized in Hassani singing, the Ouarzazi group Tarwa N-Tiniri.

On the international side, this 11th edition will be marked by the presence of artists from seven foreign countries: The Israeli singer Lala Tamar, and the Israeli-Spanish guitarist Ofer Ronen, the Malian group Al Bilali Sudan, the blues quartet Tikoubaouine, the Nigerian singer Hamid Ekawel, and the Malian musician Abdellah Ag Alhousseini, one of the leaders of the group Tinariwen.

Moreover, the sand designer Marina Sosnina will be fully in her element. In parallel with the scheduled concerts, the Russian artist will animate the musical evenings of the festival by performing her breathtaking graphic performances on the vast expanses offered by the sand of the oasis.

True to its DNA as an ecological and sustainable festival, the 11th edition of Taragalte will be no exception to the rule and will offer three ecological days, aimed at raising awareness of positive environmental practices. Thus, workshops for recycling and planting date palms will be organized, in partnership with the Taragalte Association and the Antoine Saint Exupéry Foundation for young people.

Deeply attached to the multidisciplinarity that makes the power of nomadic heritage, the Taragalte Festival will offer a set of activities aimed at highlighting the diversity of this heritage. Poetry recitation and storytelling workshops will thus be organized daily, as well as local folk dance performances.

Debates are also on the agenda around reflections: “In a context of water stress, how to preserve the ecosystems of the oases of the region as well as their water replenishment?”, “What are the challenges, issues, and prospects for ecology, art, and culture to work towards bringing people together?” and “What tools do we have to boost arts, culture, and innovation among young people?”

See you from October 28 to 30, 2022, at the OasisM’hamid El Ghizlane!