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The Zirid Dynasty

Algeria has a long history of successful rulers and ancient dynasties that shaped the heritage and future of the country. Control of the land was the motivation behind the continuous shift in power, and the struggles for superior reign over Algeria. One of the dynasties that made a significant impact on Algeria was the Zirid Dynasty, born from the Berber Dynasty and leading to the offshoot of other dynasties that came after them. Exploring their influence on Algeria enables visitors to understand the development of the country, its cities and communities.

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Zaho: A Star from Algeria

Algeria has been known for the creative diversity of its people, with many literary geniuses and music artists carrying the name of their birth country proudly. Through sport, art and the cultural sector, Algeria has seen many of its countrymen reaching international fame and fortune. The latest member to join these ranks is an artist by the name of Zaho. Even though she no longer resides in Algeria, she is proud of her heritage and locals support her rise to stardom, as she has become a role model for the younger generation and an inspiration to struggling artists.

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Makam Echahid Monument

Algeria fought the French for independence between 1954 and 1962, which was one of the most vital decolonization wars in the history of the country. It was a war that not only saw armies in action, but terrorism, torture and guerrilla warfare created a brutal conflict in which civilians suffered in their thousands. The exact number of deaths during this vicious war is unclear, with some estimating that the total stood at hundreds of thousands, with many wounded during this time. The war and those who sacrificed their lives for freedom are remembered in breathtaking monuments such as the Makam Echahid.

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Talented Ali Amran

Ali Amran readily acknowledges that his unique sound is rooted in his native Kabylia, a historic and ethnic region located in the north of Algeria. Using strong vocals and accompanied by acoustic guitar, this popular Algerian musician successfully blends a number of genres to create a sound that appeals to his growing number of fans and has earned him recognition and critical praise from fellow musicians.

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Festival De Djoua 2010

Aimed at raising awareness of the value of using local resources and traditions for economic and social development in the area, the Festival De Djoua is set to take place from 15 to 22 July 2010 under the theme of "Tourism and Local Development". The venue for the festival will be outside the village of Djoua Kabyle, perched on a high mountain peak, overlooking the Gulf of Bejaia. Due to the Liberation War and other circumstances beyond the control of its inhabitants, the village was abandoned in 1958, and over time started to show signs of neglect. The Festival De Djoua aims to rejuvenate the village, while at the same time enjoying a cultural feast of Algerian traditions.

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Dimajazz 2010

Taking place in the historic city of Constantine in north-eastern Algeria on 13 to 21 May 2010, Dimajazz is a musical celebration known to attract musicians and music-lovers from far and wide. This will be the eighth edition of Dimajazz, with the venue being the Constantine Theatre. The festival will celebrate the centenary of one of the most noteworthy Jazz musicians - the legendary Gypsy Jazz guitarist Jean “Django” Reinhardt (1910-1953), who co-founded the Quintette du Hot Club de France, and whose compositions have become Jazz standards worldwide.

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Festival of Comics 2010

Many talented cartoonists have come out of Algeria, with names such as “Slim”, Haroun and Ali Dilem coming to mind. These are the artists that see a light side to a dark situation, who uplift the spirits of everyday citizens and dare to poke fun at political leaders and situations. Their dedication to their work has landed a few of them in hot water, but they contribute greatly to the world of art, as well as to daily lives of many. This year, from the 13th to the 17th of October 2010, Riadh El-Feth, in Algiers, will be hosting the third Festival of Comics.

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Algeria’s 2010 World Cup Team

With the 2010 Football World Cup looming, teams from all over the globe who qualified for participation in this event are making their preparations to compete in this anticipated football extravaganza. The Algerian football team has fought their way to the 2010 Football World Cup with tenacity and courage, and has just started to take part in warm up matches in preparation for the main event, which will be hosted in South Africa. The entire country will be supporting their team and encouraging them to perform at their best.

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