8 January 2013

Angola: Minister Announces Enlistment of Sites, Monuments On World Heritage List

Sumbe — The enlistment of historic Mbanza Kongo city, northern Zaire province, the Tshitundu Hulo's cave paintings and Cultural Complex of the Kwanza Corridor in the categories of heritage of humanity is a closer reality, said Tuesday the minister of Culture, Rosa Cruz e Silva.

The minister announced this while speaking at the main event marking the National Culture Day, on January 8, held in Sumbe, the coastal Kwanza Sul province, stressing that Angola can share its monuments and sites with the World.

"The future actions point to the enlistment of the new assets that are located in different provinces. Assets of our cultural heritage with potential for a new indicative list to the World Heritage, "she said.

To the minister, the internationalisation of the Angolan culture is another capital strategies for dissemination and recognition of Angola across-border.

The official noted that under the guidance of the head of Executive, José Eduardo dos Santos, there is ongoing work on the increase this year of the recovery of the "Ombalas" of chieftains, while sites and historic places.

She also mentioned the general survey and inventory in the perspective of intervention, not only of the infrastructure itself, but rather the symbolic values that transmit these historical places.

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 Angolan 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 delivered 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.

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