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Wed, 20 Nov 2019 13:41 - Updated Wed, 20 Nov 2019 13:41

Minister Maria Jesus announces National Culture Festival for 2020

Luanda - The Angolan Culture minister, Maria da Piedade de Jesus, announced last Tuesday in Paris, France, the holding of the National Culture Festival (FENACULT) for 2020, as part of the 45th anniversary celebrations of the national independence proclamation.

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Culture minister, Maria da Piedade de Jesus

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According to the minister, who was speaking at the Forum of Culture Ministers, in the framework of the 40th Session of the UNESCO General Conference, the festival will include a symposium about national culture, with a view to updating the Cultural Policy.

The minister Maria da Piedade de Jesus said that the participants should take into account, among others, the reflections on the objectives of sustainable development regarding the contribution of a culture of peace and dialogue, the achievements of the Luanda Biennial “Pan-Africa Forum for a Culture of Peace”, the responsible management and use of cultural heritage and natural resources and the preservation of ecosystems.

Regarding international cooperation, Maria da Piedade de Jesus reiterated the appeal made in the Objective 17 for sustainable development about the need to strengthen the means for the implementation of the global partnership for sustainable development and to revitalize it.

The Angolan official said that the country supports all initiatives, encouraging international, national and local strategies for sustainable development to integrate a cultural dimension.

To the minister, the capacity of cultural agents to produce and distribute cultural goods and services, in particular those related to lesser known cultural expressions, must be strengthened.

Maria da Piedade de Jesus stated that the Cultural Policy recognizes the importance of the culture of dialogue, because without it any culture might get weak, emphasizing that dialogue naturally entails the acceptance of difference and interaction with other cultures.

Due to the fact that cultures can often project themselves universally, according to the minister, the Cultural Policy aims at the recovery and promotion of the traditional values ​​of the country, in order to deal with the phenomena of uniformity and harmonization that are the effects of  Globalization.

 “The Cultural Policy, as a vector of peace to strengthen intercommunity and international relations, promotes intercultural and interprofessional dialogue and cultural diversity with a view to supporting peace building and conflict prevention and building supportive and resilient communities, the fight against the deliberate destruction of cultural heritage and the illicit trafficking of cultural goods, requesting their return to their country of origin in accordance with the UNESCO conventions, reinforcing cultural tourism that supports, safeguards, promotes and values ​​cultural heritage,” she said.

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