Falconry Festival, El Haouraria

When: 12-15 June

The picturesque sea side town of El Haouaria (meaning 'the country of the eagle'), located in Tunisia’s green Cap Bon region, is holding the 43rd edition of its falconry festival. The festival attracts many f...

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When: 12-15 June

The picturesque sea side town of El Haouaria (meaning 'the country of the eagle'), located in Tunisia’s green Cap Bon region, is holding the 43rd edition of its falconry festival. The festival attracts many foreign visitors as well as Tunisians every year, who gather to watch the dramatic hunting scenes and high- flying competitions which make up the event.

Transmitted from father to son, the art of falconry rests on the training of two species of birds, the sparrow hawk for hunting quails, and the pilgrim falcon for hunting partridges. More than two hundred bird breeders take part in the event, competing for the best hunting prize. In the words of the festival director, Chedli Jelidi, “the aim of the festival is to preserve the art of falconry in El Haouaria”.

The festival also offers a spate of cultural events such as music shows, sea excursions, and a visit to the Roman grottos for which the town is famous.

At least two colloquia will be held respectively on, “The Adverse Effect of Climate Change on Migrating Birds”, and “The Practice of Natural Medicine & Biotechnology in El Haouaria”.