The Cultural Caravan for Peace travels along festivals and refugee camps in Mali, Morocco, Mauritania, Niger, and Burkina Faso. There is a variety of performances by renowned musicians from different ethnical backgrounds, crafts markets, and workshops in among others product innovation and design.
The cultural caravan counterbalances the crisis in Mali and the Sahara region and has great symbolic and substantive value. It promotes the message of cooperation and solidarity. It provides refugees and local populations with a positive objective in their everyday misery. Historically it is a special cooperation between the three festivals, Taragalteby Association Zaila, Fesival sur le Niger and Festival au Désert. For the first time in a long time, the old Sahara routes will be used again for social and cultural purposes, instead of drugs, extremism, and crime. DOEN Foundation has already supported all three festivals before and they have proven to be able to produce large events in a short timeframe.
Since the coup d’etat in 2012, the Festival sur le Niger took place for the first time in January 2015 in Ségou, Mali. The first day of the festival was dedicated to the Cultural Caravan of Peace. One World correspondent Peter Vlam visited the event and talked to the organizers, visitors and also to DOEN Foundation’s team manager Idriss Nor who was there. Stories, images and videos were put together in a striking multi media production.