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From Persian Highlands to the Sahara

From Persian Highlands to the Sahara

Shahnaz Beli entertained the audience with popular folk tunes. Photo: Sheikh Mehedi Morshed

From Persian Highlands to the Sahara

Shahnaz Beli entertained the audience with popular folk tunes. Photo: Sheikh Mehedi Morshed

From Persian Highlands to the Sahara

Shahnaz Beli entertained the audience with popular folk tunes. Photo: Sheikh Mehedi Morshed

From Persian Highlands to the Sahara

Shahnaz Beli entertained the audience with popular folk tunes. Photo: Sheikh Mehedi Morshed

From Persian Highlands to the Sahara

The audience continued to sing and dance into the night. Photo: Sheikh Mehedi Morshed

From Persian Highlands to the Sahara

The audience continued to sing and dance into the night. Photo: Sheikh Mehedi Morshed

From Persian Highlands to the Sahara

Tens of thousands came out to the festival on all three days. Photo: Sheikh Mehedi Morshed

From Persian Highlands to the Sahara

Danish Ambassador Mikael Hemniti Winther and Deputy Australian High Commissioner Sally-Anne VIncent surprised the audience with their soulful rendition of Tom Petty, Eels and Bob Marley hits.

From Persian Highlands to the Sahara

Iranian band Rastak was the show-stealer of the festival's concluding day. Photo: Sheikh Mehedi Morshed

From Persian Highlands to the Sahara

Iranian band Rastak was the show-stealer of the festival's concluding day. Photo: Sheikh Mehedi Morshed

From Persian Highlands to the Sahara

From Persian Highlands to the Sahara

The exquitire Ney-anbān, a Persian bagpipe, was on display at Rastak's performance. Photo: Sheikh Mehedi Morshed

From Persian Highlands to the Sahara

From Persian Highlands to the Sahara

From Persian Highlands to the Sahara

The energy levels of the musicians spread to the audience as well. Photo: Sheikh Mehedi Morshed

From Persian Highlands to the Sahara

Basudeb Das Baul brought the simple yet beautiful baul and jhumur songs from Santiniketan, India. Photo: Sheikh Mehedi Morshed

From Persian Highlands to the Sahara

From Persian Highlands to the Sahara

From Persian Highlands to the Sahara

From the greenery of Santiniketan, the audience was transported to the desert lands of Mali, with Tinariwen taking the stage as the festival's closing act. Photo: Sheikh Mehedi Morshed

From Persian Highlands to the Sahara

From Persian Highlands to the Sahara

From Persian Highlands to the Sahara

Tinariwen's calm, melancholic music remineded the audience to remain humble and true. Photo: Sheikh Mehedi Morshed

From Persian Highlands to the Sahara

From Persian Highlands to the Sahara

And the audience bid adieu to the festival, countin days to next year when it will return. Photo: Sheikh Mehedi Morshed

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