Algeria/ 3.4 International cultural co-operation  

3.4.1 Overview of main structures and trends

Algeria was the first country to ratify the Convention for the Safeguard of Intangible Cultural Heritage on 2003. The country also designed the Algiers' Declaration on Cultural Diversity and Protection of the Identity of People and Heritage, which was adopted during the ministerial Islamic Conference in December 2004. Moreover, Algeria takes part in 11 Euro-Med Heritage projects related to protecting and maintaining cultural heritage.

Algeria has only one performing cultural center abroad: the Algerian Cultural Center of Paris (France). The Cultural Center of Cairo (Egypt) does exist officially, but is not operational.

The Cultural Influence Algerian Agency, directly affiliated with the MOC, is in charge of ensuring Algerian presence in international cultural events and is concerned with shedding light on the nation’s cultural scene, artistic creation in different disciplines, and cultural heritage [Executive Decree n° 05-447 dated 20 November 2005].

In order to promote its culture abroad, different Algerian embassies, in collaboration with the MOC, regularly organize “cultural weeks” of foreign countries in Algeria and cultural weeks in several countries including Egypt, Tunisia, Geneva, Syria, China, Saudi Arabia, Niger, Libya and Mali.

Here, we must mention a number of indicators that have been recently observed, including a lower level of cultural exchanges in three countries that have witnessed revolutions during the past two years, namely Egypt, Tunisia and Libya.

Chapter published: 03-05-2013