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Thu, 09 Jan 2020 13:42 - Updated Thu, 09 Jan 2020 13:41

Minister stresses importance of cultural preservation

Luanda - The moments of national cultural manifestation must be preserved and perpetuated, as a way of honouring the memory of cultural agents and transmitting it to younger generations, the minister of Culture, Maria de Jesus, said on Wednesday in Luanda.

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A celebration event of the National Culture Day

Photo: Alberto Juliao

Speaking at the central act of the National Culture Day, marked on January 8th, she recalled the great moments of exaltation of national culture, such as the two editions of the National Culture Festival (Fenacult, 1989 and 2014), and this year it is expected the holding of the third edition.

The minister said she hoped this year’s Fenacult event will be an integrative achievement with various producers and cultural agents, and also be crowned with success, as it coincides with the commemoration of the 45th anniversary of the proclamation of the country’s independence.

The holding of the 1st edition of the Luanda Biennial (September 2019), the registration of Mbanza Kongo City, in 2017, in UNESCO’s Cultural Heritage list, which boosted the holding of the first edition of the Kongo International Festival of Culture (Festikongo), are other major achievements in the sector.

The ceremony, held at the Cazenga Animation Centre (Animart), was marked by the opening of a cultural industry fair, as well as the launching of two projects, namely “Culture in my neighbourhood” and “Batucada de Carnaval”.

The fair, which runs until Friday, Jan 10th, will showcase items of the country's national culture, especially painting, cooking and musical equipment.

In terms of the referred cultural projects, ANGOP has learnt that the first one (Culture in my neighbourhood) aims to discover percussionists and the second one rescue and promote street carnival.

The minister said that her institution will continue to work to raise the status of World Heritage Site the Cuito Cuanavale Battle Site, the Kwanza Corridor and the Tchitundu Hulu Cave Paintings, among other socio-cultural and historical assets.

"We must not forget the new dynamic that we intend to develop in the field of cinema in Angola, with the participation in national and international festivals, aiming to improve and modernize the film and audiovisual production, as forms of artificial expression," she said.

The central act was preceded by the deposition of a wreath on the statue of the first President of the country, Agostinho Neto, at the Independence Square, guided by the minister of Culture, flanked by the governor of Luanda, Sérgio Luther Rescova.

The National Culture Day was instituted in 1986, due to the speech given by the first Angolan president and founder of the nation, António Agostinho Neto, in 1979, in the inauguration of the governing bodies of the Union of Angolan Writers (UEA).

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