Timbuktu: das Festival in der Wüste aus Sicherheitsgründen verschoben
L’Indicateur du Renouveau – 27. Januar 2017
Geplant für den 28. Januar, findet das „Festival in the Desert“ nicht in Timbuktu statt.
Dem Veranstalter Mohamed Ansar zufolge wird das Ereignis nur verschoben. „Wir haben vom Verteidigungsministerium ein Dokument erhalten, das uns auffordert das Festival aus Sicherheitsgründen zu verschieben“, sagte er.
Vorher hatte bereits die Zivilgesellschaft Timbuktus, durch eine Erklärung, die Alarmglocken geläutet.

Mali cancels return of famous music festival after al-Qaida attack
The Guardian – 30.01.2017
Fabled Festival au Désert was coming back to Timbuktu after years in exile but officials blocked it at last minute over security fears.


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Tombouctou : Le

Festival au désert

reporté pour raison de sécurité
L’Indicateur du Renouveau – 27 janvier 2017
Prévu pour le 28 janvier, le “Festival au désert” n’aura pas lieu à Tombouctou.
Selon son organisateur Mohamed Ansar, l’événement est juste reporté. “On a reçu un document du ministère de la Défense qui nous demande de reporter le festival pour des raisons de sécurité”, a-t-il indiqué.

Foto (c) jdm: La dernière édition du festival au désert s’est tenue en 2012.
Die letzte Auflage des Festivals in der Wüste fand 2012 statt.

Avant la réception dudit courrier, la société civile de Tombouctou, à travers un communiqué, avait déjà tiré la sonnette d’alarme. “L’insécurité persistante, les menaces qui planent sur la ville, la psychose ne sont pas un contexte favorable pour la tenue d’un événement festif”, lit-on dans ce communiqué.
Contacté par, le président de la société civile, Hamza Maïga, insiste sur le contexte dans lequel les organisateurs voulaient tenir ce festival. “Avant-hier même, ils ont tiré sur le représentant du Moc à Tombouctou ville”, déclare-t-il.
“Il y a ce qui s’est passé à Gao, les gens sont en deuil, des gens sont hospitalisés, suite à cette attaque. Et nous on prend le courage de faire un festival à Tombouctou. Qu’est-ce que les gens de Gao vont penser de nous ?”, se demande M. Maïga.
Pour les mêmes raisons de sécurité les organisateurs n’avaient invité, cette année, que des artistes nationaux.
Le Festival au désert de Tombouctou était à sa 12e édition en 2012 avant la crise sécuritaire. Parrainé par le ministère de la culture, il regroupait des artistes maliens et étrangers sur les dunes de Tombouctou, au nord du Mali.
© 2017 L’Indicateur du Renouveau

Mali cancels return of famous music festival after al-Qaida attack
The Guardian – 30.01.2017
By Ruth Maclean from Dakar
Fabled Festival au Désert was coming back to Timbuktu after years in exile but officials blocked it at last minute over security fears.
The fabled Festival au Désert was returning to Timbuktu, but it was a carefully guarded secret.
Musicians had packed their instruments for the journey to northern Mali. Technical teams had already loaded their sound systems into canoes and taken the river route to the ancient city of learning. None of the festival-going public had yet been told, but the organisers were confident they would turn out, possibly in their thousands.
It was a secret because it was a potential target for extremists in Mali’s lawless north. Since 2012, the world-famous festival, which attracted Malian nomads and music fans from all over the world, has been in exile, driven from its home in the first place by Islamic extremists who banned music, and kept out ever since by insecurity.
But this weekend was to mark its triumphant return, and a huge amount of effort had gone into organising it.
(…)Two weeks ago, however, suicide bombers attacked a military camp in the city of Gao, killing at least 77 people and wounding more than 100 others.
The organisers of the Festival in the Desert immediately held meetings to decide what to do, but decided to go ahead with it.
“It really was a dilemma. Everyone was on the road, we were ready to go – to brave the risk,” director Manny Ansar said.
“The festival left Timbuktu because music was forbidden. It was very important for everyone that it should go back,” Ansar said. “All the artists I contacted wanted to go. It was the message that was important.”
However, at the last minute, Malian officials blocked it.
A music producer who has organised concerts all over Mali in spite of security concerns said that the festival in the desert was about far more than just the music – it was about bringing people together, and reconciling past grievances if need be.
“It wasn’t like going to a concert,” Paul Chandler said. “It became a community for that time. A really open community, and a chance to meet people who were really different from you, and find out that they’re not that different after all. The music was just part of it. The community was the main thing.”
Asking for forgiveness is an important part of Malian culture, he added, a trait that was evident most recently in the groundbreaking trial of one of Timbuktu’s residents who stood trial for war crimes in The Hague, after he broke down ancient tombs and destroyed a mosque door.
Before Ahmad al-Mahdi was sentenced to nine years in jail in September after pleading guilty to destroying cultural monuments in Timbuktu, he apologised for his actions, asking the city’s residents for forgiveness.
Cynthia Schneider, an American professor and retired diplomat and one of the people behind Timbuktu Renaissance, had just landed in Bamako, ready to make the journey north, when she heard the festival had been cancelled. It was a blow.
“It is tremendously important for the people of Timbuktu, who feel isolated and abandoned. They’ve received many delegations of people saying they’re going to help Timbuktu. Things have happened, but the town has lost its major source of income – tourism – and very little has been done to help that. The festival has such incredible significance for the town, economically but also just as a way for the population to come together and celebrate the rejuvenation of Timbuktu.”
Previous performers at the festival have included Tinariwen, Bombino, Oumou Sangaré and a tribute to Ali Farka Touré featuring Toumani Diabaté, Afel Bocoum and Bassekou Kouyate.
Ansar vowed that it would go ahead, if not next year, then “soon”, though because of the changing situation, it was impossible to say when.
“If we give up, we give victory to the extremists,” Ansar said.
“It’s just a bump in the road. We’re committed to seeing this thing through,” Chandler added.
© 2017

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