Festival In The Desert Near Segou

Mali’s Festival In The Desert is a big musical event that is held every year. This year, its thirteenth, it will take place in Oursi, not far from Segou. The festival offers atmospheric entertainment in beautiful surroundings.

The Mali Music Festival occurs over three days in February 2013. It offers creativity, authenticity and harmony in a region which has seen the oppression of the desert peoples.

Set in the Segou region, the local environment makes a fabulous setting for this festival. Malian musicians, plus those from other African countries and international artists create a memorable event.

The Caravan Of Peace

Make the most of the Festival In The Desert by joining the Caravan of Peace, the travelling group which will travel from Mauritania through and overland to the festival at Burkina Faso.

The Caravan of Peace will meet up with several other festivals en route to the main festival. They are all triumphant celebrations, in firm contrast to the geopolitical issues of the time.

Book your Festival In The Desert Now

If you would like travel in the Segou area and attend the Mali Music Festival, please contact us for further information +44 (0)117 230 1909.

About Segou

Ségou is a city in south-central Mali, lying 235 kilometres northeast of Bamako on the River Niger, in the region of Ségou. It was founded by the Bozo people, on a site about 10 kilometres from the present town. With 130,690 inhabitants in 2009, it is the fifth-largest city in Mali. Capital of the Bambara Empire in the past, Ségou is now the capital of Mali’s fourth largest administrative region of Ségou. Ségou has faced numerous conquests and changes of administration, but has always benefited from trade with nearby commercial centres such as Djenné and Timbuktu.

About Festival In The Desert

Cited as one of the world’s top 25 festivals, Festival In The Desert was founded on a Tamashek (Tuareg) tradition of festivals celebrating the culture, music and stories of when the nomadic clans met in the cooler dry seasons. The festival has branched out over the years to represent all the communities and extraordinary rich musical traditions of Mali, the desert and the region as a whole. It is Mali’s number one attraction bringing people together from all corners of Africa and the world.

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