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29/03/2017 06:21

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Monodrama "Riq Echaytan" competing in Moroccan festival

RABAT- The play "Riq Echaytan", directed by Azzouz Abdelkader will take part in the 2nd International Theatre Festival of Sidi Kacem (Northern Morocco), to be organized from July 19 to 23, the organizers said.

Produced by the collective "Sarkhat Errok'h" (the cry of the scene) of Tamanrasset, this monodrama played by comedian Wahiba Baali will officially compete this year with seven other shows produced by Moroccan troupes and other Arab and European countries.

Renowned comedian Wahiba Bâali met huge success in her first professional appearance on stage with her role in "Nedjma", a play adapted from the novel of the same name of Kateb Yacine.

Nedjma play was staged by Ahmed Benaïssa who has brought together in 2013 amateur comedians.

Two years later, she won the award for best actress in the 15th International Theatre Festival of El Bouqâa in Sudan.

“Cinema, citizenship challenges,” theme of international colloquium in May in Oran

ORAN- An international colloquium in “cinema and citizenship challenges” will be organized in early May in Oran, said the event’s organizers.

World Expo Milano 2015: Heritage, development at heart of Algeria pavilion

ALGIERS- Algeria will participate in the World Expo in Milan (Italy), scheduled from May 1 to October 31, 2015 under the theme "Feeding the Planet: Energy for Life," highlighting its cultural heritage and development.

Throughout this participation, the Algerian pavilion, in addition to the tourist and cultural promotion of the country, will issue messages that will focus on two areas, according to officials of the pavilion.

The first heritage line will feature the historical, ancestral, and cultural elements of heritage in relation to the theme of the exhibition which will see the participation of 144 countries.

The second line will cover the development that will highlight innovations and advanced technology in agricultural production. This line relates to the theme of self-sufficiency and food security.

The Algerian pavilion is located in the bio-Mediterranean cluster, which will highlight the Mediterranean food regime and the typical conviviality it reflects.

 

 

 

 

 

Oran: About 50 theatrical works at National Single Show Days

ORAN- About fifty theatrical works are scheduled at the National Single Show Days which will held from 20 to 25 December in Oran, said the event’s organizers.

Organized by the cultural association “El Amal” of Oran under the slogan « Tomorrow’s theatre,” this event will be marked by the participation of specialists in monologue, one man show, monodrama and stand up, according to the association’s president.

The performances produced by dramatists from the west of the country will take place in the auditorium of the small theatre “El Amel” of the association and in Oran’s conservatoire "Ahmed Wahby" of Oran, said dramatist Mohamed Mihoubi.

2nd National Childhood Exhibition Saturday in Skikda

SKIKDA (Algeria)- Skikda’s culture and art centre will host Saturday the 2nd National Childhood Exhibition, said Tuesday the administration of this cultural body.

This event which will take place until December 27 will see the participation of artists from several provinces, including Algiers, Constantine, Medea, Boumerdes and Khenchela, said the source.

Theatre performances, clown games, competitions as well as literary and poetry readings are scheduled in this cultural event, according to the source. 

8th International Diwan Music Festival from 22 to 27 August

ALGIERS- The 8th International Diwan Music Festival will be held from 22 to 27 August in Algiers, said the event’s organizers.

This edition is co-organized by the Algerian Agency for Cultural Influence (AARC) and the event’s commission.

 

International Samaa Essoufi Festival of Setif : Enchanting fusion of rhythms, spirituality

SETIF (Algeria)- An enchanting fusion of rhythms and spirituality marked Saturday the fifth evening of the 4th International Samaa Essoufi, creating a sort of mystical harmony appreciated by the audience.

Setif’s audience gave the British troupe "Acheq Errassoul" and its vocalist the Pakistani Omrane Ilah a warm standing ovation after performing 12 qasida (a form of Perso-Arabic lyric poetry) in English, Punjabi and Arabic. 

2nd National Committed Song Festival kicks off in Tiaret

TIARET- The 2nd National Committed Song Festival kicked off Monday at Ali Maachi arts centre of Tiaret with the participation of 21 troupes representing 17 provinces.

The opening ceremony of this one-week event, placed under the slogan “committed art modernity and struggle,” coincided with the celebration of the National Day of Artist.

This new edition is a space for the participating troupes to highlight their talents in this kind of music and compete for the festival’s prizes.

Over 40 poetesses at 7th National Women’s Poetry Festival in Constantine

CONSTANTINE (Algeria)- The 7th National Women’s Poetry Festival, scheduled from 8 to 13 November, will be marked by the presence of 44 poetesses from 24 provinces, said Wednesday the Festival’s commissioner Mounira Saada Khelkhal.

Speaking in a press conference held at Emir Abdelkader University, Saada Khelkhal said that this literary meeting will allow Constantine’s audience to discover, during six days, poems in Arabic, French, English and Tamazight.

Considered as one of the most important literary meetings of Constantine, the festival will also see the organization of conferences and debates on “the presence of heritage in the contemporary women’s poetry.”  

Children’s Drawings Exhibition on 1 June in Oran

ORAN- A new edition of the Children’s Drawings Exhibition will be held from 1 to 4 June in Oran as part of the celebration of the International Children’s Day, said Wednesday the event’s organizers.

This annual event aims at contributing to the promotion of the young talent in the field of visual arts, said President of the Association “Le Libre Pinceau” Nasreddine Bentayeb.

The Exhibition will present the best works of pupils for the competition scheduled for 31 May at the municipal multimedia library of Oran under the theme “The children and domestic animals,” he said.

 More than 1500 children had already participated in the previous editions. 

23 participants at 1st Short Film Days of Ain Temouchent

AIN TEMOUCHENT- Twenty three participants from several provinces will take part in the 1st Short Film Days of Ain Temouchent, which will be held from 14 to 17 October at the city’s cultural complex, said Thursday the organizing committee.  

Representing thirteen provinces including Oran, Algiers, Tindouf, Constantine and Bordj Bou Arreridj, the opponents will compete for three prizes, said Hadj Said Mohamed El Amine, head of cultural association “La septiéme star” of Ain Temouchent.

Organized by this association in collaboration with the directore of culture and the province’s arts centre, the first edition of this cultural event will also be marked by the screening of two films out of the competition. 

Ain Temouchent : 9th National Puppet Theatre Festival from 10 to 16 June

AIN TEMOUCHENT- The 9th National Puppet Theatre Festival of Ain Temouchent will be held from 10 to 16 June, announced Tuesday the event’s commissioner.

This new edition will be marked by the raising of the value of the grand prize of the festival from DZD350.000 TO DZD600.000 and by the creation of a prize for the best  puppet manufacturer, said Karim Bouarfa.

“The programming of the festival will coincide with a fortnight devoted to childhood, from 1 to 15 June,” he said. 

Algerian singer Samir Staifi passes away

Setif- Singer of Setif Samir Belkheir, better known with his stage name of Samir Staifi, died Wednesday at dawn in the University Hospital of Setif at the age of 66, following a long illness, his family told APS.

47th Carpet Festival from 26 to 31 March in Ghardaia

GHARDAIA- The 47th National Carpet Festival will be held from 26 to 31 March in the capital of M’zab, Ghardaiai (600 km south of Algiers), the provincial services told APS.

In addition to sales-exhibition of handicrafts, musical evenings livened up by local folk troupes will be also organized during this festival.  

This cultural, artistic and economic event is meant to shed light on local craft industry and to contribute to the promotion of tourism in this region. 

48 artists at 4th National Visual Arts Exhibition in Tlemcen

TLEMCEN (Algeria)- At least 48 painters representing all the provinces of the country will take part in the 4th National Visual Arts Exhibition “Abdelhamid Hemch,” which will be held from 26 October to 1 November in Tlemcen, said Monday director of Abdelkader Alloula Arts Centre.

This artistic event will be marked by the organization of training workshops and painting works supervised by artists participating in this edition, said Berrahou Abdelhak. 

Saharawi President pays to late Assia Djebar’s "unflinching support" to Sahrawi cause

ALGIERS-President of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic Mohamed Abdelaziz paid tribute to the "warm solidarity and unflinching support" of Algerian late novelist Assia Djebar to the cause of the Saharawi people.

In a condolence message released Sunday, President Mohamed Abdelaziz welcomed the "great talent" of the writer, director and academician, died in Paris on the night of Friday to Saturday, and who was, he added, a "friend of the Saharawi people" and "a tireless campaigner for human rights."

Referring to his meeting with the deceased "since a few decades in particular circumstances of the struggle of the Saharawi people", Abdelaziz stressed that the late "never spared neither time and energy nor efforts" for the "triumph" of the "just cause" meant to the independence and freedom of his country.

Nadia Labidi for quality cultural cooperation with Tunisia

ALGIERS- Minister of Culture Nadia Labidi said Thursday during an audience with Tunisian ambassador to Algiers Abdelmajid

Ferchichi, that the Algerian-Tunisian cultural cooperation in all its aspects should make a qualitative leap that hoisted it to the level of relationship of brotherhood and solidarity between the two neighboring states.

Labidi recommended taking this opportunity to encourage the development of cultural cooperation based on the principle of traditional brotherhood between the two peoples but also the "pragmatism of shared economic interests."

"Whether in the fields of heritage, creation or training, exchanges must intensify and expand," suggested the Minister of Culture.

Labidi has further welcomed the forthcoming participation of Tunisia in international cultural events organized by Algeria, like

19th International Book Fair (Sila), the event "Constantine, the capital of Arab Culture 2015" or the first Arab-Indian festival, scheduled from October 20 to 27 being in Algiers and other provinces.

Ferchichi for his part stressed the "solidarity that has always existed between the two peoples" since, he said, the Algerian war of national liberation and to the "recent security developments of Jebel Chaâmbi," this border mount where are hunted Tunisian terrorist groups, according to the security services in Tunisia.

"Algeria has turned the page of 1990s. We as Tunisians have learned the lesson. Tunisian people cannot accept the killings by terrorists and we still hope to overcome this situation," Tunisian diplomat added to conclude.

Arab Culture Ministers Congress discuss Constantine, capital of Arab Culture event, Arab archaeology center project in Tipasa

 

ALGIERS-Algeria participate in 19th Congress of Arab Culture Ministers, held on  January 12 and 13 in Riyadh (Saudi capital), where preparations for Constantine, capital of Arab culture event  and the Arab archaeology centre project in Tipasa,  the Ministry of Culture said in  statement.

This congress will be "an opportunity to review the current preparations for the launch of the Constantine Capital of Arab Culture 2015 event," the same source stressed, adding that " Arab Ministers of Culture will be invited to this ceremony."

The Secretary- General of the Ministry of Culture will lead the Algerian delegation at the congress, which included in its agenda the Arab archaeology centre in Tipasa, which will be discussed by the Algerian delegation to take the appropriate decisions on it," the statement added.

The works of the centre, which is expected to be delivered in May 2015, reached 85%and will cost $ 69 million.

Director-General of the Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (ALECSO), Abdullah Hamed Muhareb, said at his recent visit to Algeria at the end of 2014, that the project will be submitted to Arab Ministers "to provide the necessary material and cultural support to this monument that is considered as a pride of the Arab people."

Algerian documentaries at 21st European film days in Tunis

TUNIS (Tunisia)- Algerian documentary films "Slices of life, slices of dream" by Hamid Benamara, "I have lived twice the absence" by Dhrifa Menzer and "Harguine, harguine" by Meriem Bouakaz will be screened at the 21th edition of the European Film Days in Tunis which open Tuesday.

In his feature film -produced in 2012 and participated in numerous international festivals Hamid Benamara evokes "illustrious figures in the history of Algeria and revolutionary movements around the world through the creations of the Algerian visual artist Mustapha Boutadjine."

Drifa Menzer film-which obtained the first prize of the international amateur film festival of Klibia (Tunisia) in 2012- recounts "the absence of her immigrant brother and the frustration of the dark decade in Algeria," while Meriem Bouakaz tackles in her short film the "problems of the clandestine immigration."

42 European and North African films from 11 European countries and four Maghreb countries are participating in this event, which runs until October 4 in Tunis, Sousse, Sidi Bouzid, Gabes, Djerba and Sfax. 

Algeria to partake in Conference of Arab Culture Ministers in Riyadh

ALGIERS- Algeria will partake in the 19th Conference of Arab Culture Ministers, to take place on 12 and 13 January in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, during which the preparations for "Constantine, Capital of Arab Culture 2015," event and the project of the Arab Archaeology Centre of Tipaza will presented, said the Ministry of Culture in a communiqué.

The Conference will be an "opportunity to present the preparations for 'Constantine, Capital of Arab Culture 2015' event," said the communiqué, adding that invitations will be sent to Arab ministers of Culture to attend the opening ceremony of the event as well as to "the different festivities scheduled throughout the year."

The secretary general of the Ministry of Culture will led the Algerian delegation to the Conference, which will also examine the project of the Arab Archaeology Centre in Tipasa in order to take the most appropriate decision.

Launched in August 2012, the project is due to be delivered in May 2015.

 

17 troupes from 13 provinces at National Aissaoua Festival of Mila

MILA (Algeria)- At least seventeen troupes from 13 provinces as well as a group from Tunisia, led by artist Tawfik Daghmani will take part, Sunday, in the ninth National Aissaoua Cultural Festival of Mila.

This edition will be held under the theme “Aissaoua Art, Rhythms From all Regions,” the commissioner of this one-week festival, Mohamed Bouchahlata told a press conference at the province’s library on Wednesday.

Three conferences illustrating the slogan of the festival are part of the programme as well as jewelry and traditional clothing shows, added the source.