APS : Saturday, 26 December 2020
ALGIERS- Algerian cultural heritage will be marked by the new addition, on behalf of four Maghreb countries, of couscous to the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage, but also by the interruption of all activity in museums
and a shift to virtual activities imposed by the coronavirus pandemic.
On December 16, couscous and practices related to its production was inscribed on the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO on behalf of Algeria, Tunisia, Mauritania
and Morocco during the 15th session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage.
With this ranking the number of elements of Algerian cultural heritage classified is increased to seven after the Ahellil du Gourara (2008), the “Chedda” wedding costume of Tlemcen (2012), the Imzad (2013) file
presented by Algeria including Mali and Niger, the pilgrimage of the Rakb of Ouled Sidi Cheikh (2013), the Sebeïba festival (2014), an annual event celebrated in Djanet (south-eastern Algeria) as well as the “Sbuâ of the
mawlid ennabaoui” (2015).
However, the activity related to cultural heritage was suspended for nearly six months with the closure of museums, site museums and archaeological excavation and restoration sites as part of the fight against the spread of coronavirus, which led these institutions to work online by offering virtual tours.