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Ministry of Culture declares Tchianda and Kizomba as national intangible cultural heritage

The Ministry of Culture will declare the Tchianda and Kizomba music and dance genres, as well as the traditional musical instruments Marimba and Quissanje as national intangible cultural heritage. The aforementioned declaration will take place this Thursday (April 18th), the day that marks the International Day of Monuments and Sites, in an event part of the celebrations of this festivity and which will take place at the Palácio de Ferro.

: Euronews

In addition, the guardianship will also classify the Church of the Catholic Mission of Cuvango (Huíla), the College of São José de Cluny (Luanda) and the United Methodist Church of Malanje as national cultural heritage.

The Ministry of Culture, in a statement to which VerAngola had access, explains that the Church of the Catholic Mission of Cuvango is "a building from the end of the 19th century, which in addition to representing the establishment of Christianity in the region, constitutes one of the most beautiful buildings of religious architecture from the south" of the country.

In turn, the college "is a building that brings together a significant set of historical, urban, usage and antiquity values that distinguish it from other buildings of its time and architectural style", while the United Methodist Church of Malanje is "a one of the most notable buildings of its time and testimony to a vigorous urban development that began at the beginning of the 20th century, remaining the only one of its kind in the city of Malanje".

As for intangible assets, namely the Tchianda and Kizomba and the Marimba and Quissanje instruments, the guardianship states that their recognition "results from their wide dissemination at an international level, as assets of Angolan identity that enjoy high prestige".

Speaking to Jornal de Angola, Cecília Gourgel, director of the National Institute of Cultural Heritage, said that the ministry sees the need for recognition as a way of preserving the national matrix of belonging and ensuring its passage to the next generations.

Thus, she added that the "safeguarding of Cultural Heritage must guide respect for cultural diversity, through a process of heritage education, restoration and adequate management".

According to the official, Angola currently has 323 monuments and sites classified, however, the guardianship has 1239 cataloged monuments and sites.

It should be noted that the International Day for Monuments and Sites was established on April 18, 1982 by the International Council for Monuments and Sites.


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