The Festival

Transahara is Nomadstribe’s lucid dream gaining shape and growing since 2002. We aim to provide our friends and guests with an outstanding event where we can all enjoy music, arts, amazing happenings and unlikely meetings in an incredible landscape.

More than just a festival, it’s a gathering of people who bring into the spectacular Sahara Desert their own culture, artistic expression and personal experiences.

Transahara, a journey through the Sahara where your soul can explore through dancing or stillness, the seductive silence of the sand dunes, the breathtaking views of the horizon’s infinity, the musical vibrations blending together with the desert’s soul and energy and the endless possibilities of surrealistic encounters with others and self.

Since the beginning, the festival has been driven by the mystical powers of its land and its tribal and magical history and we are here to keep honoring its tradition.

The Sahara, A Mystical Experience

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And that was true. I have always loved the desert. One sits down on a desert sand dune, sees nothing, hears nothing. Yet through the silence something throbs, and gleams… “What makes the desert beautiful,” said the little prince, “is that somewhere it hides a well…” (de Saint Exupéry).

For millennia mystics have gone to the desert to become one with the absolute.

People in search of enlightenment have traveled into the Sahara on vision quests, seeking a meaningful mystical experience.

In the philosophy of religion, the Mystical experience is often conceptualized as either the profound experiential realization of non-duality, or as union with the “wholly other” – the absolute, or God. It is a concept that has arisen in many religious and philosophical traditions and is sought after to this day. Some examples are Sufism in Islam, Kabbalah in Judaism and Tantra in Buddhism and Hinduism. The mystical state is a profound experience, and its occurrence can be facilitated by a number of practices such as meditation, sensory deprivation, dance, visualization.

The desert environment and the attendant mental states created an awareness of the interconnectedness of everything, something like the realization of non-duality described by the mystics. To look up at the starkly brilliant desert night sky and know that we fragile humans are indeed one with the cosmos, is a powerful thing.

Musical Curation

Music is a big part of our Festival experience. As such, we take the responsibility to choose the best artists very seriously. We know we gather a very eclectic crowd with different musical tastes and backgrounds.

However, we all share one love: the majestic desert landscapes. And so, we use our golden location as our inspiration.

We looked for the perfect soundtrack to enjoy a festival among the sandy dunes of Morocco’s Sahara.

During 5 days and 4 nights, our stages will be your dimensional portals to travel through different sonorities, different universes and different crowds. That’s the magic of Transahara.

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Morocco

The history, the desert, the culture, the colors and the food… Morocco has so much to offer.

Morocco’s the kind of place you visit once—and immediately know you’ll be back. There’s plenty to make this impression: It might be the way Marrakech, the Red City, glows as the sun rises, or how intoxicating it is to watch magicians and storytellers move in knots through Jemaa el-Fna Square as that same sun sets. The thrill of haggling for rugs and cuffs and copper trinkets inside Fez’s maze-like medina could do it. Or perhaps it’s that view of Spain, clear across the Med, as you sip tea at Café Hafa in Tangier (that’s what kept William S. Burroughs returning decades ago). We are hooked on feeling like you’ve escaped to somewhere completely different, where you sleep inside opulent riads, venture into the desert, admire mounds of spices at the markets that you know would never be on a menu back home. Then you realize—you’re not even that far away. East Coasters can be in this Arab-Berber country, on the tip of Africa, in the time it takes to get to California. And all of the sudden, coming back doesn’t seem like such a stretch after all.