Africa

Transahara

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.

Location: 
The desert, Morocco
Cost: 
€380
Capacity: 
1,000

WOMAD

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."

Location: 
Various locations around the world
Cost: 
Varies
Capacity: 
Varies

Mawazine

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.

Cost: 
Mostly free but chages apply in certain stage areas.
Capacity: 
Depends on Venue

AfrikaBurn

AfrikaBurn is a regional Burning Man event, which is heald annually in Tankwa Karoo, South Africa.

Each year a community of returning or new participants gather to create a community of art, costume, burning structures, themed caps, performances, music, mutant vehicles and much more.

Vibe

Created through the strong volunteer culture of the local Tankwa Town citizens, the festivals aims to be "radically inclusive and accessible to anyone."

Location: 
Tanka Karoo, Northern Cape, South Africa
Cost: 
2012 Tickets Sold Out
Capacity: 
4000 participants at 2011 event

Lake Of Stars Festival

Lake of Stars is an award winning festival that takes place in the warm heart of Africa on the palm fringed shores of the continent’s third largest lake.

Line-up

The 2011 line-up featured Foals, Freshlyground, Black Missionaries, Beverley Knight, Baio, Seye Adelekanm, Q ,Malewezi, Lake of Stars MCs, Goldierocks, Leonard Eto Gemma Cairney, Almost Professionals

Location: 
Sunbird Nkopola Lodge, Mangochi, Malawi, Africa
Cost: 
£85 + booking fee
Capacity: 
Unknown