Angola: Culture Minister Wants Reflection On Development of Arts

Sumbe — Angolan minister of Culture, Rosa Cruz e Silva Tuesday in Sumbe, coastal Kwanza Sul province, called for reflection on increased commitment and investment in development of all sectors of culture and arts in the country.

The Cabinet minister made the appeal during her speech at the main event marking the National Culture Day.

According to her, in order to bring effective results the investment should imperatively couple with the preservation, research and staff training.

The minister Rosa Cruz e Silva added that by doing so the sector can achieve the levels of quality we all desire and the country deserves.

This will also enable cultural sector fulfil its undeniable role as a vector of social development.

Taking into account the Government programme toward the area of culture, the Culture Ministerial Department intends to promote and encourage the practice of cultural activities, reading habits and respect for heritage values, historical and citizenship through the implementation of programmes combined with other sectors, underlined the minister.

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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