Culture is at the beginning and the end of development
(Léopold Sédar Senghor)
Published on 15 August 2011
The Angolan deputy minister of Culture, Cornélio Calei, Sunday in Dodo, (Kambambe district), northern Kwanza Norte province, appealed to the local Government to provide assistance for the development of culture in the region.
The deputy minister said the assistance should be based on the project launched in 2010, with the holding of annual handicrafts fairs on the site that hosted the trading post in the 15th century.
Speaking at the end of the second edition of the Dondo Fair, held from August 12-14, the official called on the province’s authorities to continue divulging events that valorise the culture of the region.
According to Cornélio Caley, such events in various parts of the contemporary world stand as sources of wealth, through the promotion of rural and cultural tourism.
He said that for its magnitude, the Dondo Fair opens an irreversible chapter of the cultural industry, as it is held in a city that stands as one of the main landmarks of Angola’s history and a window shop for merchants from various regions of the country for trade.
In addition to its cultural importance, the prevalence of the Dondo Fair will help the youths to know the history of the region, ensure trade with other regions of the country and is a gesture of recognition of all those that fought for the end of colonial rule in Angola.
More than 143 exhibitors, including craftsmen, potters, blacksmiths, writers and other workers of the cultural industry, attended the event.
Situated on the right bank of the Kwanza river, in the confluence with the Mucoso river, Dondo was part of the African cities and an important hub in the trade of goods both to inland regions of Angola and across the Atlantic Ocean.
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