By Mouna Sadek
By Mouna Sadek
Algiers, December 7, 2012
The 7th edition of “Algerian Cultural Days” wraps up Friday (December 7th) in Rabat. The festival gave Moroccan and Algerian representatives an opportunity to strengthen cultural co-operation between the two countries.
The seven-day celebration includes exhibitions, plays, film screenings, concerts, poetry readings and lectures in Casablanca and Marrakech.
The 114-member delegation from Algeria includes musicians, a choir, singers, dancers from the national ballet company, writers and poets.
Renowned Algerian artists including Abdelkader Chaou, Houari Benchenet, Cheb Kader, Kamel El Harrachi and Hamidou, Sadek Bouzinou, the lead singer from Democratoz, Noureddine Berrak from Freeklane and many more have performed at the event.
Moroccan Culture Minister Mohamed Amine Sbihi highlighted the role played by culture in bringing together the people of Algeria and Morocco, particularly since both sides “have a common language, religion and history”, APS quoted him as saying in his opening speech.
It was also announced that Algeria and Morocco are planning to launch a programme of cultural co-operation between the two countries and across the Maghreb.
“We have agreed to sign off, in the very near future, on a programme encompassing all aspects of cultural cooperation including heritage, research, books and public readings, theatre and cultural management training,” Algerian Minister of Culture Khalida Toumi told APS.
Toumi explained that communication and exchange were essential for cultural development, which is based on strategies for promoting and preserving shared memories and heritage.
“Culture is like a train journey that leads to better horizons,” she said.
She also pointed out that “the two countries have a shared heritage and history and face similar challenges… culture is a facilitator and a force for peace and reconciliation.”
Toumi also announced that Moroccan cultural events will be held in Algeria next year as a reciprocal gesture.
Director of the Algerian Film Theatre, Lies Semiane, welcomed the event warmly.
“The presence of an Algerian cultural delegation in Morocco is an opportunity to renew dialogue with a view to partnerships focusing on training for technical operators, the exchange of Algerian and Moroccan films, and film weeks to be staged in both countries,” he told Magharebia.
Algerian pensioner Mourad Kessaci echoed this sentiment.
“Moroccans are our brothers. Of course the artists will be welcome, because we have a shared cultural heritage. As music soothes the mind, culture could serve as a first step for efforts to thaw the political ice between the two countries,” he told Magharebia.
Source: Al Arabiya