4 February 2013

Angola: Ambassador Elizabeth Simbrão Speaks of Angolan Culture in Belgium

Brussels — The Angolan ambassador to Belgium and the European Union, Maria Elizabeth Simbrão, has said in Brussels that to the benefit of Angolan culture it is necessary to invest in technical training, promotion of the arts courses and the preservation of built heritage.

Elizabeth Simbrão, who spoke last week in the activity relating to January 08 (Angola's National Culture Day), added that besides those factors there are also measures such as the promotion of research works and recovery of the immaterial heritage.

In her perspective, the national culture has to be integrated in the processo of economic development and its management must be understood in line with the processes of modernization and advances shown by new technologies.

She appealed to the institutions to create the necessary conditions so that the identity and culture of Angola can be preserved in this global world, without forgetting the infrastructures and training of cadres.

The ambassador commended the Angolan Culture Ministry for inaugurating in 2012 the Dundo museum and also for the start of archaeological excavations to register Angola's Mbanza Congo City, at UNESCO, as a world heritage site.

The activity included a documentary and a theatre play on the traditional marriage in Angola, as well as music and a reception.

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