UNESCO Director-General to open Luanda Biennial

UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay will attend the openning of the Luanda Biennial, which will take place from September 18 to 22 in the Angolan capital. The event will be attended by representatives of governments, civil society and international organizations, as well as artists and scientists from the African continent and the diaspora.

The Director-General will attend the opening of the Biennial together with the Angolan president, João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço, the Mali president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, the African Union Commission president and the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize winner, Denis Mukwege. The presidents of the Republic of Congo and Namibia will also attend the Biennial.

During her visit to Angola, UNESCO’s Director-General will also sign a partnership agreement to establish a national doctoral and science, technology and innovation program to train 160 doctoral students by 2020. This project is part of a more comprehensive partnership. to strengthen Angola’s educational, scientific and cultural capacities.

The first Luanda Biennial will be organized around three main axes: the “partners”, “ideas” and “cultures” forums. The forums will discuss in different axes about sustainable project development in Africa through the project created by UNESCO, “Alliance for Africa”. The future of the continent will be discussed through the Youth and Women Forums. The culture forum, in turn, is inspired by the African Cultural Renaissance Charter, approved by the African Union in 2016, and aims to discuss a culture of peace.