Algeria/ 8.4 Amateur arts, cultural associations and civil initiatives  

8.4.2 Cultural houses and community cultural clubs

There are no accurate statistics regarding cultural facilities in Algeria. Some sources in the MOC show that there are: municipal cultural centers (541), movie theatres (325), municipal music institutes (16), galleries (48), youth houses (554), media tech (32), culture houses (39), municipal libraries (258), theatres (55) and museums (84) (MOC 2012).
These shortcomings may explain the inclusion of cultural provisions within the Local Associations Support Program. The Ministry of Interior and local groups set up a program to build 1,176 libraries and 1,115 reading halls in different municipalities. The project of building 995 municipal libraries and 181 reading halls, with a total cost of AD 15 billion has been officially endorsed (www.interieur.gov.dz).

However, the number of cultural facilities is insufficient to cover the growing needs of the population (35 million) and the vast area of the country (2,376,391km2). There is also little balance between areas; of the 1,541 Algerian municipalities, some are without a single library or cultural facility.

Despite the fact that legal texts stipulate that women and children should be encouraged to engage in cultural work, practice confirms that participation of women and children is very poor, particularly in remote areas.

The several reference authorities’—Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Youth and Sport and sometimes Ministry of Mujahedin and Ministry of Religious Affairs—failure to coordinate has inhibited cultural clubs’ effectiveness. Nevertheless, these centers constitute adequate cultural facilities on local level.

 

Amateur Cultural Activities

Studies concerning the number of people involved in cultural centers and clubs does not exist. The lack of cultural facilities in some areas makes participation in cultural activities very limited. Thus hobbies in all forms of art remain the primary source of amateur cultural activities. Recreational groups receive support pursuant to the provisions of the Associations Law. Official attention is given to amateur performers during amateur festivals such as the National Festival for Amateur Theatre and the Amateur Film Festival.

Cultural Houses and Community Cultural Clubs

There are no accurate statistics regarding cultural facilities in Algeria. Some sources in the MOC show that there are: municipal cultural centers (541), movie theatres (325), municipal music institutes (16), galleries (48), youth houses (554), media tech (32), culture houses (39), municipal libraries (258), theatres (55) and museums (84) (MOC 2012).
These shortcomings may explain the inclusion of cultural provisions within the Local Associations Support Program. The Ministry of Interior and local groups set up a program to build 1,176 libraries and 1,115 reading halls in different municipalities. The project of building 995 municipal libraries and 181 reading halls, with a total cost of AD 15 billion has been officially endorsed (www.interieur.gov.dz).

However, the number of cultural facilities is insufficient to cover the growing needs of the population (35 million) and the vast area of the country (2,376,391km2). There is also little balance between areas; of the 1,541 Algerian municipalities, some are without a single library or cultural facility.

Despite the fact that legal texts stipulate that women and children should be encouraged to engage in cultural work, practice confirms that participation of women and children is very poor, particularly in remote areas.

The several reference authorities’—Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Youth and Sport and sometimes Ministry of Mujahedin and Ministry of Religious Affairs—failure to coordinate has inhibited cultural clubs’ effectiveness. Nevertheless, these centers constitute adequate cultural facilities on local level.


Chapter published: 11-06-2013


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