Berber New Year celebrations “Yennayer 2972” concluded, Yesterday, Friday, in Algiers, as the Minister of Culture and Arts, Wafaa Chaalal, visited several exhibitions in the various sites of the celebration in the capital.
When she was received at the Algiers Castle “Dar Al Sultan” in the upper Casbah, accompanied by local officials, the Minister enjoyed the diverse work of the exhibitors that perpetuate ancient cultural traditions and pass them on to future generations.
The Minister of Culture and Arts continued her visit at the President’s Palace “Bastion 23”, and then the Central Post Square in Algiers, where craftsmen and associations from different regions of the country presented several local objects and products that highlight the wealth and diversity of Algerian heritage.
Traditional Berber performances were presented in a festive atmosphere with the performance of some songs, and it was an occasion for visitors to enjoy the traditional dress of the various regions of the tribal homeland, including the Chaoui, especially jewellery, leather industry, medicinal plants, honey, olive oil, cooking art, carpets and burnous, with a tribal dance performed by a band from the province of Tizi Ouzou.
Chaalal exchanged conversations with the exhibitors and assured them of the “importance of the work they perform” as it constitutes the national identity and contributes to “preserving and transmitting cultural heritage.”
At the end of her visit, the Minister thanked all the exhibitors, expressing her gratitude for this “work aimed at preserving memory,” and called on them to redouble efforts to “confront any attempt aimed at robbing the local customs or products that constitute the treasure of the intangible heritage that Algeria abounds in.”
After she mentioned the readiness of her ministerial department to support all project holders, the Minister of Culture went to the performance hall at the Central Algiers Theater to attend an artistic program within the framework of the conclusion of the Berber New Year celebrations “Yennayer 2972”.