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The Glorious Cultural Heritage
of the Southern Draa Valley

Septembre 24th - 26th, 2021

Festival Schedule

Friday, Septembre 24th, 2021

Joudour Sahara Musical School

11 a.m - Press Conference

* Inauguration of the photo exhibition celebrating M’hamid Zamane and his glorious history

Joudour Sahara Site cultural center near Ksar Zaouia

5 p.m - Opening keynotes - Accompanied by traditional songs and dances.

8 p.m - Poetic evening and debates on the theme "poetry and nomadic life ..." in the presence of Moroccan, Algerian and Mauritanian poets.

11 p.m - 1 a.m : Talk-debate, acoustic music around the fire, Sahara legends and tales

Saturday, Septembre 25th, 2021

11:00 am : Meet at the Laalouj kasbah (great kasbah which housed the foreign legion of the Saadian Sultans in the sixteenth century) for the start of a walk to the Ksours of: Talha, Oualad Mhia, Znaga and Zaouia Lahna. Lunch with the locals exchanges and debates on themes relating to water stress, desertification and resilience to Climate Change;

Field visits, exchanges with the population

3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. * various activities in the Ksours and Kasbahs:
Ahidous at Ksar Bounou
Rokba to Oulad Driss and Ksar Talha

Chamra and Guedra at the centre of M’hamid
Akalal and Daf at the ancien Ksar of M’hamid
Ganga at Ksar Oulad Mhia near Kasbah Sidi Khalil.

8:00 p.m. Traditional evening with

Regional groups:
Herma Doublal Group (Tata)
Ahidous AIT Khabach (Rachidia)

International Groups
Mali (Traditional Touareg group)
Mauritania (Trarza)
West Algerian Houbi


11:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m. Stargazing, talk-debate, acoustic music around the fire, legends and tales of the Sahara

Sunday, Septembre 26, 2021

11H00  Conférence  « La culture et l’histoire commune comme facteur d’unité et de rapprochement entre les peuples du grand Maghreb avec la participation d’historiens et d’acteurs culturels du Maghreb et du Sahel »


3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Plantations of trees accompanied by traditional songs.

Competition of the best traditional couscous prepared on-site by women from the region.

Presentation of actions committed to sustainable development (crafts, natural objects, etc.) by residents and local associations


8:00 p.m. Singing and dancing Houbi (Oriental region of Morocco

Algeria (Houbi from the Bechar Wilaya
Résidence Joudour Sahara avec les jeunes talents de M’Hamid encadrée par plusieurs artistes de renommée internationale et un groupe de chant traditionnel