Algeria/ 8.2 Cultural consumption and participation  

8.2.1 Trends and figures

The cultural dynamism in the country over the past few years is manifested particularly in the increasing support of cultural institutions and the staging of local, national and international cultural events. The trend is seemingly associated with the country's financial condition and improved security situation, in addition to higher standards of living. The MOC’s budget since 2005 (date of separating culture and communication) has accordingly risen.

Years

Amount in Algerian Dinar (DA)

Percentage

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2.678.529.000

4.271.399.000

5.269.191.000

8.276.837.000

14.327.280.000

21,630,130,000 

22,913,218,000

19,618,095,000 

0.22%

0.33%

0.33%

0.41%

0.55%

0.80% 

0.80%

0.50%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: Finance Law 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009.

rise is even more evident in the aid provided by the MOC to the theatrical sector:

Years

Amount in Algerian Dinar (DA)

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

124.000.000

119.000.000

180.000.000

350.000.000

800.000.000

800.000.000

800.000.000

12.187.700.000

Source: Management budgets of Ministry of Culture 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009.

Independent cultural associations have a strong presence. 8,419 local and national cultural associations are registered in the country (which constitutes 10.47% of all associations registered in Algeria) in the fields of literature, thought, art, history, heritage and science.
Figures show that activities organized by independent associations are largely local; there were 8,305 registered local cultural associations when last counted, constituting 98.64% of all associations active in the fields of culture and arts. At the national level, only 114 cultural associations were registered, just 1.37% of all registered associations.
The general approach of the cultural affairs authority over the past few years has been to try to rectify legislative and organizational shortcomings. Measures taken so far have contributed to expanding the current structures, establishing new authorities and raising the number of cultural associations and institutions. In addition, there is a desire to have continuous state support for some cultural activities, and to institutionalize a four local festivals, 19 national festivals, and 13 international festivals. However, the lack of managerial and planning professionalism is still evident.


Chapter published: 03-05-2013


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