8 January 2013

Angola: Luanda Governor Places Wreath On First President's Monument

Luanda — The governor of Luanda Province, Bento Francisco Sebastião Bento, on Tuesday here placed a wreath on the monument of the country's first and late president, António Agostinho Neto, located in the Independence Square, in the ambit of the commemorations of the National Culture Day.

The ceremony was attended by the widow of the founder of the Angolan nation, Maria Eugénia Neto, national directors of the Culture Ministry, other provincial officials, musicians, writers, artists, among others.

The National Culture Day 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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