Luanda — The National Culture Day, instituted in 1986, following a speech delivered by the then president of Angola, António Agostinho Neto, in 1979, during the swearing- in of the board of the Angolans Writers Association (UEA), will be celebrated on Tuesday, January 8.
The date was later on approved by the Decree 21 and printed in the Republic Gazette 87, series I of November 1986, in homage to the speech on the National Culture delivered by the founder of the Angolan nation.
During the above mentioned ceremony in 1979, Agostinho Neto gave a speech focusing on the National Culture, which became an essential reference in all discussions on the issue in the country.
Meanwhile, the central Kwanza Sul province will be the home for the main event of the celebrations of the National Culture Day, on January 8, with various cultural activities.
To this end, a delegation headed by the minister of Culture, Rosa Cruz e Silva, has travelled to Kwanza Sul. During her stay in the province, the minister will unveil the Church of Our Lady of Conception as a national heritage.
The nationwide programme of celebrations of the National Culture Day includes homage ceremonies, seminars, lectures, arts and culture fairs, release of books and brochures, movie cycles, photo exhibitions, variety shows, theatre and dance shows and visits to historical and cultural interest sites.