The Saharan Nights of Essouk (Nuits Sahariennes d’Essouk)

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Country and Region MaliTimbuktu
Type of Festival Dance, Music
Location of Festival Essakane, Timbuktu, Mali
Festival Contact Information

Nina Walet Intalou
Nuits Sahariennes d’Essouk President 
Conseillère Nationale de la République du Mali
élue de la ville de Kidal, Mali
Phone: (223) 608-23-95

Festival Description

The Essouk festival, evolved from an annual "Takoubelt", or Tuareg gathering in 2001. Nearby musicians and dancers gather for memorable performances. The organisers hope they have started a process of building the festival's reputation with world music fans and other tourists. For three days, this festival is held in the sands, under the skies of the Sahara desert.

Festival Dates January 17 - 19, 2008
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