8 January 2013

Angola: Culture Seen As Strategic Tool

Sumbe — The national director for cultural industries, António Fonseca, on Monday in Sumbe City, central Kwanza Sul Province, said that culture has a strategic sense in the political, economic and management perspective.

Delivering a lecture on "Cultural policy, cultural economy and management", António Fonseca said that culture must not be seen in an abstract way, but in the context of an economic variable, based on production, distribution and consumption.

He stressed that it is necessary to invest more in the cultural industry, further revealing that the state will carry out a more intervening policy in this field.

"The cultural policies are not ingenuous, but they respond to interests of the state and, to this regard, in Angola there are also principles that must govern the actions in the cultural domain", he explained.

He pointed out some of the fundamental principles taken into account by the authorities, such as preservation of cultural diversity, equality in dealing with various cultures, the recognition of the contribution of all the cultures in face of the country's history and national unity.

"If we take these principles into account, we'll easily understand that we have a cultural democratization policy and a cultural democracy", emphasized the source.

The lecture was organised in the ambit of the commemorations of the National Culture Day (January 08), whose main act will happen in Sumbe City and it is to be presided over by the Culture minister, Rosa Cruz e Silva.

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