Algeria/ 7. Public institutions in cultural infrastructure  

7.3 Status and partnerships of public cultural institutions

Emerging Partnerships or Allocations

The Algerian cultural scene witnessed some changes over the past few years manifested particularly in the emergence of independent cultural institutions and associations. This change could be attributed to the shifting political climate in the country during the beginning of the 1990s, coincident with media and political plurality and economic openness.

Public and independent institutions both felt the need to cooperate. Public institutions have recently begun communicating with private institutions, exemplified by the participation of private troupes in the events organized by institutions affiliated with the MOC. Eventually this communication developed into a cooperation between the two sides in the form of partnership, wherein the publicly run institution assigned production to a private troupe that assumes the role of executive producer. Other partnerships of this kind have developed between state TV and private audio & visual production institutions, between public theatrical institutions and independent troupes, and between the MOC and private institutions and associations.

Some of these partnerships are based on national strategies and programs, such as the programs implemented in the framework of major cultural events: Algeria's Year in France (2003), Algeria Capital of Arabic Culture (2007) and African Festival (2009). To this end, the cooperation between the MOC and private publishing houses is designed to promote national book reading initiatives.
In 2007, in the framework of Algeria Capital of Arabic Culture, an agreement was reached to print more than 1000 books, most of which are proposed by publishers. The state—represented by the MOC—pledged to support publishers and promote reading by advance-purchasing 1500 copies of each book and distributing them to public libraries. In 2008, this program was implemented a second time and the MOC pledged to increase their buying to 2000 copies of each book.

Overseas partnerships (11 agreements with Arab countries and 50 agreements with non-Arab countries) result in cultural weeks, the exchange of expertise in all cultural fields, joint audio & visual production work with some Arab and foreign countries, maintenance of manuscripts, and restoration and maintenance of historical sites.

The most important new form of cultural cooperation is state governance of existing public and independent cultural institutions, which allows institutions to implement new cultural programs and projects.

Chapter published: 03-05-2013