2nd Pan-African Cultural Festival

The 2nd Pan-African Cultural Festival will be taking place in Algiers from July 5 to 20, 2009. A lot of preparation has already gone into the festival, with the Algerian Ministry of Culture having launched an Internet Site dedicated entirely to the event. This is just one of many of the steps taken for the Pan-African Cultural Festival.

When presenting the new website Mrs Khalida Toumi, the Algerian minister in charge of the department working on the project, explained that the website would offer internet surfers that a chance to learn more about things such as Algerian theater, music, heritage, choreography, literature, cinema, visual arts, crafts and even cartoons. She said that the festival provided the perfect platform for Africa to show just how diverse and creative her people were in the various artistic and cultural fields. If things go according to plan, the event should attract the attention of intellectuals whose ideas enrich the event. These people will be both men and woman – people of culture and enlightenment. Toumi also stressed the fact that the African Union as well as the various African governments had already been mobilized in preparation for this fantastic event. The last time and event of this magnitude, nature or importance was held in Algeria was in 1969.

There will be a number of other exciting things to see on the mainly French website dedicated to the 2nd Pan-African Cultural Festival. A festival catalogue is an obvious choice, as it will provide festival goers with some idea of the various performances, displays and events taking place during the course of the festival. This will help them to determine what they would like to attend and assist them in making their arrangements. Another feature of the website is a section dedicated to the four Africans who have won the Nobel Prize for Literature. These are: Naguib Mahfouz (Egypt), Wole Soyinka (Nigeria), Nadine Gordimer (South Africa) and John Maxwell Coetzee (South Africa). The Charter of the African Cultural Rebirth will be available to peruse on the website, alongside the literary works of certain writers such as Algerian writer Rachid Boudjedra. If all this has your curiosity aroused, visit the official Pan-African website and learn more about the festival for yourself.