The 50th International Festival of the Sahara in Douz, Tunisia is already sold out for this year’s edition, which runs from December 28-31 and celebrates the culture and traditions of the desert and nomadic tribes.This showcase expo for local folklore is a sort of desert Olympiad, with a large parade followed by song and dance as well as traditional weddings and ceremonies.
There will be the classic camel races and simulated rabbit hunts on horseback and camelback, as well as purebred Arabian and Sloughi desert greyhound dressage.
In addition, the festival will offer an evening bazaar, a folk poetry workshop, as well as exhibitions, art and music shows, and traditional food.
The festival first began in 1910, and took on an international dimension in 1967 when Tunisian President Habib Bourguiba made it the symbol for tourism promotion of the Sahara.
The slogan for this year’s edition is “Douz, 50 years of tourism excellence and cultural engagement”.
Tunisian Culture Minister Selma Elloumi Rekik is expected to appear at the festival’s inauguration ceremony.