In the presence of the UNDP Resident Representative Marie-Evelyne Petrus Barry, the Director of Ciciba (center), Alain-Claude Bilié By Nzé, Minister of the Digital Economy, Communication, Culture and Arts International of Bantu Civilization) and the Unesco Representative, presented the cultural agenda to come. This agenda is made up of two major events: the Afro-descendants week and the Festivities of cultures.
After being suspended for many years due to numerous organizational contingencies, the Festival of Cultures is back on the agenda. For the 2017 edition, the Festival of Cultures will be celebrated under the theme « Cultural Diversity and National Cohesion », from 30 June to 2 July in the communes of Libreville, Akanda and Owendo. This celebration will begin with the carnival of Libreville and the neighboring towns, and will be followed by various events in the village dedicated to the event, located at Boulevard Jean Paul II.
For Alain-Claude Bilié By Nzé: « Beyond the link that Culture represents for our societies, there is also an essential festive character for our societies. (…) The carnival will in fact concern the cultural diversity that every district of Libreville and the neighboring communes of Akanda and Owendo are full of. For the occasion, all or almost all sections of culture, even modern ones, will be represented during this celebration. As a reminder, the Festival of Culture was launched in 1997 by Father Mba Abessolo, then mayor of Libreville before being instituted as a national celebration by the late Omar Bongo Ondimba.