Peace In Exile: 12 Things You Didn’t Know About Mali’s Festival au Desert

Written by Keren Mikva

Festival au Desert, held on the outskirts of Timbuktu, Mali, was considered one of Africa’s premier festivals for music, dance and cultural exchange. Due to violence from separatist extremists in the north, the festival has not been held in recent years in its original form. But the spirit of Festival au Desert is still very much alive, and hopes to return to its original roots in the years to come. Here are 12 things you didn’t know about Mali’s Festival au Desert.