Events don’t always consist of red carpets, flowers, and chandeliers. There are some truly fabulous festivals in the world that aren’t your “typical event”. Take a look at these cultural events of Africa.
National des Art Populaires
Every July, Morocco’s most interesting city, Marrakech, hosts a 10 day festival called the Festival National des Arts Populaires (National Festival of Popular Arts), also known as FNAP. Entertainers, artists to storytellers from all over the country perform outdoors around the city. The festival includes a show of choreographed horse trick riding called The Fantasia. On the second to last night, Marrakech’s city square, Djemma el Fna, is turned into a medley of One Thousand and One Nights stories as tons of entertainers perform.
Festival of the Dhow Countries aka Zanzibar International Film Festival
The Festival of the Dhow Countries is East Africa’s largest annual cultural festival. The festival is an arts festival featuring discussion panels, workshops, film screenings, musical concerts, and evening galas. The festival celebrates the arts from countries bordering the Indian Ocean, including Iran and Madagascar. The festival uses film to promote entertainment, education, and networking.
Festival-au-Desert (Festival in the Desert) is a musical concert preserving the culture of the ancient desert people of Mali. Artists from all over the world are invited to bring a modern flair to Essakane, near the mythical city of Timbuktu. The festival is based on Tuareg culture when nomadic clans met up in the dry season to celebrate their culture, music and tales. Today, the festival represents all the desert communities in Mali. During the three day festival, festival-goers pitch tents and watch traditional events, parades and camel races, traditional farmer’s songs, and exhibitions and discussions on artifacts.
Splashy Fen Music Festival
10,000 people visit Underberg in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa yearly for the Splashy Fen Music Festival. Similar to the Glastobury Festival in the UK, Splashy Fen is tthe longest running outdoor musical festival in South Africa and attracts people from all over the world. This non-stop live music runs over the Easter weekend. Besides the live concerts, the festival features crafts workshops and children’s zones. Festival-goers also engage in horseback riding, hot air balloon rides, helicopter flights, paragliding, and quad bike tours.
Source: worldguide.eu, wikipedia.org, lonelyplanet.com, nungwitours.wordpress.com, africanmusicfestivalnetwork.com, thefestivalinthedesert.com, fest300.com