GHARDAIA (Algeria)- The 49th national carpet festival opened Saturday in Ghardaia (600-km south of Algiers), with a wide range of activities including the traditional parade of carts decorated with colourful carpets.
The festival was kicked off by the minister of National Planning, Tourism and Craft Industry, Abdelwahab Nouri.
The opening show of the carpet festival featured a large number of artists and folk bands from various parts of the province.
The cultural, artistic and economic event, coinciding with spring's school holidays, will shed light on the rich local, traditional art and the works of carpet weavers.
It is meant to contribute to promoting tourist and craft industries and boosting cultural activities in the region.
GHARDAIA- The National Carpet Festival will take place from 21 to 24 March in Ghardaia (600-km south of Algiers), said Thursday the province.
This festival aims at developing the expertise of craftsmen and weavers and highlighting the cultural, economic and tourism assets of the region of Ghardaia, known for its heritage potentialities, said the source.
It is an opportunity to raise the awareness for the preservation of the cultural heritage related to craft trades, said the source, stressing the need to develop cultural heritage passed down from generation to generation.
Through this event, the local authorities seek to shed light on the wealth and cultural diversity of this region, by presenting the various artistic creations conveyed by the carpet, to strengthen the identity of the region and promote its attractiveness in economic investments, according to the source.