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Biennale of Luanda 2021: UNESCO, the African Union and the Government of Angola meet in Luanda for the second edition of the "Pan-African Forum for the Culture of Peace"

Opening ceremony

Luanda, 27 November - The Biennale of Luanda - "Pan-African Forum for the Culture of Peace" was launched this morning in a hybrid format in Luanda (Angola). The opening ceremony was attended by several Heads of State and Government from Africa and the diaspora, including João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço, President of Angola, Denis Sassou-Nguesso, President of the Republic of Congo, Félix Tshisekedi, President of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Carlos Vila Nova, President of the Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, President of Portugal and Epsy Campbell Barr, Vice-President of Costa Rica. Xing Qu, Deputy Director-General of UNESCO and Josefa Leonel Correia Sacko, Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture, African Union Commission were also present.  

The Biennale of Luanda is a joint initiative by UNESCO, the African Union (AU) and the Angolan government to promote the prevention of violence and conflict resolution. This year's Biennale is celebrated under the African Union's 2021 theme, "Arts, Culture and Heritage: Levers for Building the Africa We Want".  

"The Biennale is a crucial initiative that echoes the preamble of UNESCO's Constitution, which reminds us that 'a peace based solely on the economic and political arrangements of governments cannot secure the unanimous, lasting and sincere support of the peoples...'", recalled Xing Qu, Deputy Director-General of UNESCO. 

An Intergenerational Dialogue was also held between several high-level personalities from the continent and the diasporas, and young African and Afro-descendant leaders, around the central theme "Cultural and Heritage Diversity of Africa and its diasporas: Fires of Conflict or Ground of Peace?". 

Milouda Bouichou, a young leader from Morocco, underlined the importance to involve the youth in such an event: “Young people are at the heart of social transformations “, she said. 

This first day ended with the Festival of Cultures, a space for exchange between the cultural identities of Africa and its diasporas, and a privileged meeting place for the arts, cultures and heritage as instruments of dialogue, mutual understanding and tolerance. 

The Biennale of Luanda will continue until 2 December. On the 29 and 30 November, the Thematic and Best Practice Forums will be held, aiming to stimulate the implementation of flagship initiatives for Africa. The closing ceremony will take place on 30 November, during which the Alliance of Partners, a global, multi-stakeholder and cross-sectoral partnership for the culture of peace, will be launched, leading to private partnership sessions on 1 and 2 December. 

 The cultural events of the Festival of Cultures will continue to take place in person and online every day until 30 November. 

The Biennale of Luanda combines face-to-face and online events, and is streamed on the "Biennale TV", freely accessible from the Biennale website, with interpretation in English, French and Portuguese. 

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