Festival of the Nomads Salt Cure (Cure Salée)
|Country and Region||Republic of Niger — Agadez|
|Type of Festival||Dance, Music|
|Location of Festival||Ingall, Agadez, Niger|
This is an annual gathering of Tuaregs and other Sahara nomads for a festival/reunion/market event. It is held at Ingall, an oasis village two hours by road from Agadez, to take advantage of the nearby salt licks for the herds. (Hence the name, Cure Salée, which means salt cure or remedy in French). It is said to be one of the oldest and largest such gatherings in the Sahara. It draws a few dozen foreign tourists as well as a few thousand nomads.
|Festival Dates||September 11 - 14, 2009|
Articles and Reviews:
- Cure Salée: Niger gov’t postpones desert festival amid unrest, by Abdoulaye Massalatchi (Temoust, September 1, 2007) http://www.temoust.org/spip.php?article3143