This is a festival for those adventurous spirits who are looking for a truly different experience. Set in the middle of the desert on the border of Morocco, among its sloping golden dunes, there is nothing really like it. Transahara's exact location is kept secret, those attending go to a pre-established village, and then are driven 30 minutes away to the festival site. The combination of trance music and the extreme conditions are not for everyone (or even most), and the journey is not easy, but the location, with its breathtaking, almost surreal landscape, is out of this world.
WOMAD, which stands for World of Music, Arts and Dance, is an international festival brand, with various countries hosting their own WOMAD festival and take on the WOMAD ethos.
The very name of the festival reflects the organisations aims "to be embracing but non-definitive, inspiring and outward looking; and more than anything, enthusiastic about a world that has no boundaries in its ability to communicate through music and movement."
Mawazine (which translates to "Rhythms") is a festival of world music that takes place annually in the Moroccan capital of Rabat. Acts featured on the line-up mix Arab and International music icons.
To many in the country, the festival is important in promoting a positive and tolerent image of Morocco. Although met with controversy with politicians claiming the event encourages immoral behaviour, the festival has gone from strength to strength.