5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 Fév 2014
Ségou - Mali


Salif Keita - Mao Otayeck - Cheick Tidiane Seck - Sékouba Bambino - Abdoulye Diabaté - Vieux Farka Touré - Oum - Stelbee - Khaira Arby - Pibo Marquez - MADOU & SAFI DIABATÉ - Kaladjoula Band - Sahel Blues - Néba Solo - Mariam Koné - Super Biton de Ségou - Mylmo - Ben - Zabo - Orchestre Kôrè - Uppertunes (Hollande)


« AFRICAN RENAISSANCE : Challenges and Perspectives »


The International Fair of Ségou was created in order to give the opportunity to local organizations and local producers (Gardeners , craftsmen, farmers, fishermen, traders, etc.) to benefit from the large national and international audience drained by the Festival sur le Niger, to sell their products and to create partnerships.


A Trans-Saharan Sahel project for peace, solidarity and tolerance initiated by three festivals, the Festival au Désert (Timbuktu, Mali), the Taragalte Festival (M’Hamid Elghizlane, Morocco) and the Festival sur le Niger (Ségou, Mali).



art exhibitions

Seven international and national exhibitions on the themes: ``« Love»; ``« Dialogue and Cultural Diversity »; ``« Cultural Diversity and National Unity »; ``« African Renaissance »; ``«Democracy and Peace »; ``« Impulses » ;


Ti chèlbè , of Kettly Noël


Markala Kirango, Banankoro et Pelengana - Kôrè Dugaw - Donsow - Djandjigui - Le Tindé - Canoe Races


Music - Visual Arts - Manual

Cultural Caravane for Peace

A Trans-Saharan Sahel project for peace, solidarity and tolerance

The Cultural Caravan for Peace is a project initiated by three festivals, the Festival au Désert (Timbuktu, Mali), the Taragalte Festival (M’Hamid Elghizlane, Morocco) and the Festival sur le Niger (Ségou, Mali). 


These renowned international festivals annually encourage a dialogue of peace, cultural exchange and environmental protection in their respective regions. Last century saw the end of the great trans-Saharan caravans travelling from the south of Morocco to 

Timbuktu in Northern Mali, changing a way of life that had existed for millennia. In the Sahara it is hard to find new ways of livingand these difficulties began to manifest themselves in migration and conflicts. 


As well as these economic problems and political instability, the region faces ecological challenges and an erosion of cultural heritage and knowledge as new generations leave the old way behind.


Considering the process of restoring peace, engaged in Mali, the opportunity has been ceased to meet in a co-creation workshop in Amsterdam to develop together this project to support through art and dialogue peace, solidarity and tolerance between people in the region. With this project, the festivals want to address these challenges by reviving the role of the caravan in the region. “The role the caravan played was not only an economic one, but also very importantly, a cultural one. These caravans meant that different cultures had contact with each other and could connect. Exchanges happened through families, music, poetry, art, and lifestyle. These activities brought people closer together, creating awareness about other cultures, leading to innovative ways of working together and resolving difficult challenges…it is exactly this which we wish to bring to life again” explains Mr. Sbaï, Director of the Taragalte Festival.


The first Cultural Caravan for Peace will start at the Taragalte Festival in M’Hamid Elghizlane (Morocco) from 15-17 November 2013. Through music, workshops and art exhibitions the Caravan will give the people of the Sahara and Sahel a platform to meet, exchange ideas and keep the cultural heritage alive.  To reinforce regional solidarity the Caravan will continue its’ journey south visiting refugee camps in Burkina Faso that are home to Malian refugees. For security reasons in the Sahel Saharan zone, wich is close to the northern areas of Mali, the Festival au Desert in Timbuktu (Mali) will again this year be in exile. Very soon the information on the various sites will be provided.  So after its launch in Morocco, it will move directly to Burkina Faso from January 28th to February 2nd in Djibo (Camps Mentao), the “Village Opera” near Ouagadougou and Bobo Dioulasso before going in Segou . It is during these stages of Burkina, it will be joined by delegations (artists, organizers, journalists) in Bamako, Niger, Mauritania, Europe.The caravan will end at the borders of the Niger River at the Festival sur le Niger in Ségou (Mali) from 4 – 9 February 2014. It will be a moment of reconciliation between the North and the South of Mali with artists from Taragalte Morocco.


During the workshop facilitated by Butterfly Works, a Dutch organisation combining design with finding sustainable answers to international social issues, Ahmed Mohamed Ansar (Festival au Désert) outlined, that “Under this strong sign of the ‘Cultural Caravan for Peace’ we want to express our way of non-violent but effective resistance against intolerance but also to express solidarity with these people in need - refugees in Mali and neighbouring countries”.  And Mamou Daffé (Festival sur le Niger) added: “We believe that art and culture bring people together and they get inspiration from each other to contribute to the balance of the society.”

about the « Festival sur le Niger »,  Ségou, Mali

The 2014 Festival sur le Niger will be held on the borders of the Niger River from February 6th to 9 th 2014 in Ségou. The festival was born of an initiative long dreamed of by the civic and cultural leadersof Ségou. Their intent was to create a unique event that highlights the attractions and potential of the city and the region; a festival that both supports the local economy and spotlights the unique arts and culture of Mali. Since its inception in 2005, the Festival on the Niger has rapidly become a major cultural event of unprecedented scale in Mali. Held in early February in the city of Ségou, the Festival Sur le Niger is a true multidisciplinary event, offing a program of music, dance, theater, art exhibitions, discussion forums, conferences and more. It’s a festival where contemporary culture exists alongside ancient tradition and international music stars play alongside fresh young talent.

Contact : Mohamed Doumbia - mdoumbia_2000@yahoo.fr 

about the « Festival au Désert » Timbuktu, Mali

Created in January 2001, the Festival au Deserts is held every year in the North of Mali, usually in Essakane, two hours from Timbuktu, since 2012 just outside of Timbuktu. It is organized by AITMA and EFES Associations together with Essakane Production. This festival seeks its origin in the big traditional Touareg festivities, as Takoubelt in Kidal and Temakannit in Timbuktu, which represented for a long time a place for decision making and exchange of information among the different communities. At the beginning, there were songs and touareg dances, poetries, camel rides and games. Today, the Festival is open to the external world and welcomes artists from other Malian regions, other African countries, but also from Europe and the rest of the world. During three days, around 30 artistic groups are invited from all around the world to present their art.

 Contact : communication@festival-au-desert.org 

About « The Taragalte Festival » in M’Hamid Elghizlane, Morocco

The festival is based on the concept of the traditional “moussem” – a traditional festival held when the trade caravans entered the big oasis of Taragalte (M’Hamid) after travelling across the desert formonths. The Taragalte festival wants to revive the traditional moussem by putting emphasis on cultural exchange between different communities of the North African Sahara and the rest of the world. Traditional and modern music, legends stories and customs are combined and brought to life. The festival is a place for sustainable development and cultural exchange and thus embodies the very essence of the Taragalte Concept. The Taragalte Festival will be held this year for the 5th time on the 15th to 17th of November in the desert close to M’Hamid.

Contact: festival@taragalte.org

About «Butterfly Works» in Amsterdam, Netherlands

Butterfly Works is a design studio that uses design for social change. Brands and campaigns are cocreated with emerging creative industries in developing countries. The overall aim is to light the fire of creativity as a tool for lasting solutions to poverty and injustice worldwide. They call this: liberate the maker, referring to people (re)claiming power over their own lives and developing their personal potential. This way Butterfly Works allows people to make a personal contribution to the world. They blend a passion for global justice with a commitment to building profitable businesses.

Contact: Ineke Aquarius - ineke@butterflyworks.org