8 January 2013

Angolans Commemorate National Culture Day

Luanda — Angolans are commemorating the National Culture Day (January 08), instituted in 1986, inspired by a speech delivered on this day in 1979 by the country's first president, António Agostinho Neto, at the swearing-in ceremony of the board of the Angolan Writers Association (UEA).

The date was approved by the decree number 21 and published in the State Gazette number 87, dated November 1986.

In 1979, the country's first and late president, who was also a poet, delivered a speech that became a reference, henceforth, in all the institutional discussions about the cultural sector in Angola.

"(...) Culture must not relate to chauvinism, neither should it try to avoid the dynamism of life. Culture evolves with material conditions and in each stage it corresponds to a form of expression and material acts", Agostinho Neto said then.

The central Kwanza Sul Province will host the main act in the celebrations of the National Culture Day, which will be marked with various activities countrywide.

The main celebration act will be chaired by the Culture minister, Rosa Cruz e Silva, who is also expected to carry out other activities while in the province.

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