Ag Mohamed Aly “Manny” Ansar: A Festival in the Desert

Manny AnsarAg Mohamed Aly “Manny” Ansar is the founder and director of the Festival au Desert. Founded in 2001, the festival occurs annually in January in the region of Timbuktu. It has become one of the premiere cultural events in Mali, showcasing the musical talent, nomadic culture and beauty of the Sahara.

In this podcast we talk with him about why he took on the challenge of creating a festival in such a beautiful but challenging location, how the festival is a modern-day continuation of gatherings and exchanges that have taken place for centuries, and how you can prepare to get to the 2012 festival.

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