Category: International Festival of the Sahara

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International Festival of the Sahara

What’s more inspirational than traveling to the edge of the Sahara desert – along with thousands of people from around the world – to celebrate Tunisia’s oldest festival. The festival originated in 1910, whilst Tunisia was under the rule of the French. But it wasn’t until1967 when the festival embraced its modern identity – due largely to the New Republic’s first president Habib Bourguiba – and quickly emerged as the country’s oldest and best known festival.With the fast growing and evolving culture of Tunisia, especially in recent years, this spectacle is a great way to experience Tunisia’s traditional roots and lifestyle. Your Guide to the International Sahara Festival in Tunisia. What’s more inspirational than traveling to the edge of the Sahara desert – along with thousands of people from around the world – to celebrate Tunisia’s oldest festival?

The festival originated in 1910, whilst Tunisia was under the rule of the French. But it wasn’t until1967 when the festival embraced its modern identity – due largely to the New Republic’s first president Habib Bourguiba – and quickly emerged as the country’s oldest and best known festival. With the fast growing and evolving culture of Tunisia, especially in recent years, this spectacle is a great way to experience Tunisia’s traditional roots and lifestyle. As with any festival you can expect to find hoards of people buzzing around, lively musicians playing their native instruments, and laughter that sustains long after night has fallen. The event starts off with a bang, and the audience ERUPTS when colorful and vibrant costumed performers enter the arena.All events take place in the H’naiech stadium, fully enclosed by smoke filled Bedouin tents. Some of the festival’s main highlights include daring riders stampeding through on galloping horses, and an alluring belly dancer balancing not one… not two… but seven large clay pots upon her head… while climbing a ladder.