This festival is not only a festive occasion (…). It is also to translate this political will to bring in a dynamic ambitious, our continent forward by the Algiers crossroads of all the beauty and the wealth of the continent, said Mr. Bouteflika, in a speech read by Minister of State and personal representative, Abdelaziz Belkhadem.
The Algerian head of state paid tribute to all people of African culture, all intellectuals freedom fighters who have understood, the demands of their companies and who also, each in his own language is his, each with its own means, to be up to those requirements.
Africa has too long been in danger of sinking into an image that is foreign to him, an illusion that it was powerless to correct, he noted, saying robbed of his own existence, Africa currently only waiting to be born and reborn in all its facets, whose wealth and abundance emphasize the richness.
But the colonizer, seeking justification for its predatory business, has denied any historicity, he said stressing that the same colonizer dipped in uniform, men and sweeping landscapes in a single stroke of cultures, ancient civilizations.
The continent will also remind the world that independence, snatched at a high price did not realize all the hopes and other wars must be waged against hunger, ignorance, disease, poverty, exclusion and inequality that are the fertile soil and fuel violence and terrorism.
Africa will remember, the best antidote against violence, culture, that African peoples have deep roots in the history of mankind, said the Algerian president. He added: In the moments of happiness in this spiritual feast in the festival dedicated to the continent’s culture, I would be inspired to tell a man found in Africa, in the integrity of its collective memory ‘ ‘.