South Africa launches the first leg of cultural seasons in Algeria

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01 Feb 2017

To strengthen cultural relations and lay a basis for expanded cultural contacts and trade, including opening up new markets for South Africa’s creative talent.

The year 2017 marks the centenary celebrations of OR Tambo. The Algerian Democratic Government played a pivotal role during the liberation struggle of South Africa, it allowed revolutionaries fighting oppressive regimes in the continent, including the ANC military wing, uMkhonto Wesizwe to receive military training and operate in their country. This history now forms part of our collective liberation heritage and the liberation heritage of the African continent.

The Government of South Africa and the Government of the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria signed an agreement on co-operation in the fields of Arts and Culture in 2009. Areas of focus include heritage, film, music, theatre, exhibitions, festivals, song and dance, cuisine, cultural economy, institutional collaboration and other multidisciplinary activities. The programme places arts, culture and heritage at the centre of efforts to create sustainable livelihoods, skills development and economic growth amongst others.

The cultural season also serves to strengthen people to people relations between the two countries, harmonise policies, share skills and expertise; develop new paths and partnerships for SA cultural goods and promote cultural diplomacy as part of Government’s broader socio-economic agenda.

More than 40 artists from various genres including music, design and craft, contemporary art, cuisine, film are expected to perform in the Algeria SA seasons leg.   A similar programme of cultural activities will take place in Gabon from 09 -17 March 2017.

Details of the latter programme will be shared in due course.

Media enquiries:  Ms Teresa Magidela, TeresaM@dac.gov.za, 012 441 3626/060 601 7724

For more information, please contact Ms Zimasa Velaphi: 072 172 8925/ Ms Lisa Combrinck: Cell: 082 821 4886