10 years under the stars

EDITION 2019 – « The Wisdom of Sands »

Nomads of the world in Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's footsteps

M'Hamid El Ghizlane, Zagora, South of Morocco
November 1st, 2nd and 3rd 2019

The 10th edition of the Taragalte Festival marks a crucial turning point in the thematic construction and exploration of ways of rapprochement between peoples, by continuing the immersion work initiated through the work and life of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry for the previous edition. The title chosen "The Wisdom of the Sands" refers to that inner peace that the desert breathes, a state long emphasized by Saint-Exupéry in his writings.

"Antoine de Saint-Exupéry was a much-needed thinker today. He was a great humanist, with an open mind. He said that knowing people, meeting them, was already a way to solve problems. He also had a real awareness of the need to preserve the Earth."

It is in this humanistic approach that we decide to go deeper into the theme exploited for the ninth edition, which honored the author of the Little Prince, by dedicating the tenth edition to: World Nomads on the Traces of Saint-Exupéry.

To do this, the thread of Ariane will be the initiatory path of man, the writer and the aviator throughout the world, his encounters, his influences that offered him the essential inspirations to consolidate the humanistic work that he wove during his life.

One cannot speak of the nomads of the world without evoking the entry point of nomadism embodied by the peoples of the Moroccan desert who profoundly inspired the author.

Beyond the desert, there is a very intense friendship with Morocco. In 1921, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry came to Morocco for the first time to do his military service in an aviation regiment in Casablanca and Rabat. He returned to the Latécoère company (future Aéropostale) in 1926 and was posted to Cap Juby (Tarfaya) in 1927, where he remained for a year and a half. After his stay in South America, he returned to live in Casablanca for some time in the early 1930s with his wife.

In 1936, he returned again for the shooting of the film "Courrier sud" in Magador (Essaouira), adapted from his book and directed by Pierre billon. We can see there the unfailing bond that reads him in Morocco, this country that has engraved his soul and spirit. Morocco is also a reflection of its rare connection with the desert. The latter fed the imagination of the author, an imaginary very close to reality and not fantasized.


Among the artists invited this year, we will welcome, in the presence of the Godmother and the Godfather of the Festival OUM and Aziz SAHMAOUI :

Tinariwen - Habib Koité - Lo'Jo - Hamid Elkawel - Mnat Aichata - Asmaa Hamzaoui and Bnat Timbuktu - Poject groups "Cultural Caravan for Peace" - Taragalte Generation - Darâa Tribes - The young musicians of the "Joudour Sahara" school - Ajial M'Hamid.