MOSTAGANEM-Minister of Culture Azzedine Mihoubi stressed Thursday evening culture can be a mean to overcome the difficulties witnessed by the Arab nation.
"Culture can play a key role in tackling the deep political, cultural and psychological changes witnessed by the Arab nation. It is a bridge that enables overcome all difficulties," said the minister in his speech at the closing ceremony of the 9th Arab Theatre Festival.
Mihoubi called intellectuals and men of culture to realize the challenges posed by the current situation in the Arab world. "Intellectuals are the consciousness of this nation since they express its aspirations and contradictions," he said, stressing the success of the 9th Arab Theatre Festival, "which is also a success of the Arab culture in general."
"Algeria is the country of freedom of expression, theatre and creativity," stressed the minister, adding "President Abdelaziz Bouteflika supports our actions and provided this event with all necessary means to make it successful."
In a statement to the press on the sidelines of the closing ceremony of this event, Mihoubi said a program was outlined under the event "Mostaganem, capital of culture 2017" to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National amateur theatre festival. This program will be announced in next March and will involve all players in the field of theatre."