Tifariti, a former battlefield and military base during the Western Saharan conflict, is today the location of an annual “art festival in the desert” in the smaller part of the West Sahara region, which is not occupied by Morocco. The festival represents a peaceful way of drawing public attention to this still unresolved conflict and the illegal exploitation of the phosphate resources by international concerns. In the meantime the seventh ARTifariti Festival has been held – from October 20 to November 3, 2013.