By Hicham Alaoui
Returning after a three-year pause due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the sanitary measures that had to be put in place, the Tan Tan festival is organized by the Almouggar Foundation.
This cultural and artistic event will highlight the richness and diversity of Morocco’s intangible cultural heritage, as well as the country’s cultural assets included on UNESCO’s World Intangible Heritage List.
As in previous editions, this year’s festival features a rich and varied program, with musical and artistic evenings hosted by national and international troupes on the Tan-Tan and El Ouatia stages, Tbouridas, camel races at the ‘Camelodrome’ in partnership with the United Arab Emirates, and heritage, cultural, artistic, sporting and
socio-economic activities throughout this not-to-be-missed event.
Alongside this event, the Foundation, in collaboration with its partners, will be organizing the “Green Invest Conference,” with the aim of identifying investment niches and highlighting the economic potential of the region, as well as a symposium on Hassanie culture and the challenges of preserving memory and promoting intangible
Proclaimed Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2005, and included on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2008, the Tan Tan festival is an opportunity to celebrate diverse cultural expressions, and an event for the preservation and promotion of intangible heritage rooted in the
traditions of the region and the Kingdom’s southern provinces.
An authentic representative of the Hassani tributary of Morocco’s plural identity, this festival is an annual focal point for the tribes of the south of the kingdom and neighboring African countries, attached to their history and their civilizational and cultural heritage, which has been established as a world heritage par excellence.