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Fri, 18 Oct 2019 09:38 - Updated Fri, 18 Oct 2019 09:38

Minister addresses internationalization with cultural agents

Luanda - The actions for the internationalization of Angolan culture and the affirmation of the “Angola brand” overseas was highlighted on Wednesday, Oct 16th, during a hearing given by the minister of Culture, Maria da Piedade de Jesus, to the renowned Angolan musician Yuri da Cunha.

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minister of Culture, Maria da Piedade de Jesus (file)

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During the meeting – which was attended by the secretary of State for Culture, Aguinaldo Cristóvão, the head of department of the National Directorate of Culture, Pedro Chissanga, and the consultant Josina de Carvalho - the minister stressed the need for an alignment between cultural agents to project the name of the country abroad , promoting its history and identity.

During the hearing, also attended by producer Ruca Fançony and the Batoto Yetu project manager Júlio Leitão, the minister of Culture pointed to the creators as the main players promoting Angola's image abroad.

Maria da Piedade de Jesus reiterated the openness for dialogue between the sector and the creators, ensuring institutional support for all sustainable projects that could boost the cultural sector.

Yuri da Cunha and Ruca Fançony took the opportunity to present to the minister some concerns related to their work at home and abroad, copyright and related rights and the financing of cultural projects.

Singer and songwriter Yuri da Cunha reiterated his commitment to defending Angolan music, with emphasis on Semba style, having agreed on the need for a joint work, as a way to value the Angolan culture.

The secretary of State for Culture, Aguinaldo Cristóvão, clarified the ongoing public policies of the sector to improve the dissemination of Angolan culture and the implementation of the law on Cultural Patronage, Copyright and Similar Issues.

Producer Júlio Leitão presented the project of the Batoto Yetu group developed in the United States of America, where he has lived for over 34 years.

The producer announced that he is preparing a series of events to promote Angolan artists in the United States, such as the musician Yuri da Cunha.

At the end of the hearing, the minister of Culture launched the challenge for producers to present proposals and projects to enrich next year’s National Culture Festival (FENACULT 2020), which will be accompanied by the ministry and supported by partners.

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