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Moussem of Tantan


Moussem Tan-Tan is an event that brings together more than thirty nomadic tribes of the Sahara.


This is the great living testimony of the Saharawi oral and artistic cultures. Unesco has classified the Moussem of Tan Tan as Intangible Heritage of Humanity.

The Moussem of Tan-Tan was an annual gathering of nomadic peoples of the Sahara bringing together more than thirty tribes of southern Morocco and other nomadic peoples of northwest Africa.

As part of the agro-pastoral nomadic calendar, this group had the opportunity to meet, buy, sell and trade of food and other products, organize Show review camels or horses, perform marriages or consult herbalists doctors. The Moussem also consisted of various festivities such as musical performances, popular songs, poetry contests and other oral traditions hassanies or games.

The Moussem Spirit

The Tan Tan Moussem remains a living and unique testimony to the richness and diversity of nomadic cultural heritage in the Sahara.


This annual event symbolizes peace and tolerance, and constitutes an important cultural and economic exchange center between the tribes of the region.

The Moussem Tan-Tan was an annual gathering of Saharawi peoples that brought together more than thirty tribes from southern Morocco and other nomadic peoples of the north-west .

A unique Moussem

Being a focal point for nomadic populations dispersed over a wide area, the Moussem of TanTan offers the tribes of the region the exceptional opportunity to meet and reconnect with the past.


Beyond the joy of reunion and other festive and commercial activities, it also allows the distinguished and dignitaries of the tribes to discuss subjects related to their life and to social solidarity.

Originally, it was a reunion, spontaneous and regular, these populations around a well, around the month of May for a long week.

A decade of Emotions

In recent years, the Moussem's reputation, fame and recognition have been recognized by the presence of many prestigious guests, including prominent figures from the world of culture, arts, cinema, science and the media, ministers, ambassadors, research professors, members of internationally renowned associations and others, who participated to the festivities on the square of peace and tolerance.

Key Dates

2004 :

His Royal Highness Prince Moulay Rachid and the General Director of UNESCO, Mr. Koichiro Matsuura inaugurated the first edition of the Moussem of TanTan after several years of interruption.

2005 :

Proclamation by the UNESCO "Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity".

2008 :

Inscription of Tan Tan Moussem on the representative list of the intangible cultural heritage of humanity.

2013 :

Attendance of New Yorker members of The Explorers Club and their president Alan Nichols

2014 :

The State of the United Arab Emirates is the guest of honor of the 10th edition of the Moussem.

2016 :

Confluence of plural Morocco, the Moussem of Tan Tan puts the 12 regions of the Kingdom in the spotlight.

2015 :

Tunisia is the guest of honor of the 11th edition of the Moussem. The State of the United Arab Emirates is permanent partner of the Almouggar Foundation in the organization of the Moussem.

2017 :

The Moussem of Tan-Tan: A cultural heritage shared between Morocco and Africa, puts Senegal in the spotlight.

Special issue of a postage stamp by Barid el Maghrib commemorating the Moussem.

The Event

This internationally renowned event aims to celebrate the nomadic culture, through the highlighting and preservation of the different dimensions of the daily life of the citizen, as a tool for sustainable development of the region.


The recognition of this Moussem and its inscription as a masterpiece of the oral and intangible heritage by the UNESCO shows the correctness of the royal vision in the cultural field.

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