International nomad festival is an outdoor festival, a citizen and artistic festival. It takes place once a year in M’hamid El Ghizlane, 90 km south of Zagora in the Drâa Valley (Morocco). Cultural activities highlight the tangible and intangible heritage of nomadic tribes, thus helping to preserve their cultural identity. This festival is a real “springboard” for a nomadic culture.
Art in all its forms is presented: crafts, painting, weaving …
But also and especially songs, music and dance, stories and poetry are performed by artists. (local, national and international) invited to perform on stage.
For three days there will be there are conference roundtables, and workshops on various subjects. nomadism, heritage, flora, fauna, agriculture, environmental protection, economy, health, education,…
The culinary art is present through one of the essential preparations in the desert: the sand loaf (Mella).
The sport is not left out with a demonstration of nomadic hockey and a camel race, called “Ellaz”.
On an economic level. the festival brings more material in the daily life of the local populations. which improves considerably their living conditions. On the social level, the festival federates the creation of spaces for training, communication, exchange of ideas and experiences between the different actors. It is a stimulus for artisans and young people who have strong ties to visitors from the region, Morocco and abroad.
On the media front, each new edition sees new media coming to discover and understand the “soul” of this unique festival.
At the end of the festival, 3 prizes will be given to actors of everyday life, rewarding their involvement and their daily work or their artistic creativity.
The Nomads are the privileged authors of the festival. Each person carries a project and engages his responsibility by using his knowledge and his know-how, which for many of them is ancestral, to the well-being of all.
Ingenuity, solidarity, and generosity are not empty words in the country of the sands … It is a true discovery and a real encounter that proposes to you the Nomadic Association of the World.
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