Zimbabwean dancers perform traditional Makishi dance at Old Mutual Theatre, Harare, Zimbabwe, on Oct. 9, 2015. Makishi dance, originally performed at the end of an annual initiation ritual for boys between the ages of eight and twelve in rural Zimbabwe and Zambia, is particularly known for involving beautifully painted masks that represent different spiritual characters. Today, there is an increasing demand for makishi dancers at social gatherings and party rallies, as they are less performed for initiation rituals. The dance was recognized as a UNESCO oral and intangible cultural heritage in 2008. (Xinhua/Xu Lingui)
Zimbabwean dancers perform traditional Makishi dance at Old Mutual Theatre, Harare, Zimbabwe, on Oct. 9, 2015. Makishi dance, originally performed at the end of an annual initiation ritual for boys between the ages of eight and twelve in rural Zimbabwe and Zambia, is particularly known for involving beautifully painted masks that represent different spiritual characters. Today, there is an increasing demand for makishi dancers at social gatherings and party rallies, as they are less performed for initiation rituals. The dance was recognized as a UNESCO oral and intangible cultural heritage in 2008. (Xinhua/Xu Lingui)

Angola and South Africa have agreed to step up bilateral cultural cooperation, according to the final statement of the four-day visit to the country by the South African minister of Arts and Culture, Nathi Methethwa.

The two countries have agreed to step up the implementation of the bilateral agreement in the cultural field and to cooperate in the projects of Cuito Cuanavale, Human Rights, Liberation and Reconciliation Struggle, Nelson Mandela Memorial Sites.

The two states intend to inscribe the Cuito Cuanavale and Nelson Mandela Memorial Sites, respectively, as a contribution to the “Routes to Independence: Heritage Program of the African Liberation Struggle list.
They agreed to hold national cultural weeks in Angola and South Africa, as well as encouraging the establishment of Executive Committees to monitor the progress of program implementation and report on a quarterly basis.

During his four-day stay, the South African official visited, among other infrastructures, the memorials of Cuito Cuanavale and Agostinho Neto, as well as the Monument of the Unknown Soldier. Enditem

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