TEHRAN - 28 Feb 2012
Algerian Week of Handicrafts opened here at Niavaran Palace on Sunday evening.
In the opening ceremony, several respected guests were present. Vice President of the Iranian Cultural Heritage, Handicraft and Tourism Organization, Rashid Kordestani, was among the respected guests.
Algerian Ambassador H.E. Sofiane Mimouni in his inaugural speech welcomed the guests and highlighted the significance of holding such a gathering and show.
The Ambassador in his speech expressed his gratitude to Vice President’s attendance in the ceremony. He went on to say, “The important event is held in accordance with the decisions adopted by the High Joint Commission and illustrates the desire of Algeria and the Islamic Republic of Iran to expand their cooperation in all fields. Although we often tend to underestimate the cultural aspect in the bilateral relation to the detriment of politics, economy and trade, the culture and the art represent undoubtedly an important part of the cooperation since it allows knowing the traditions and customs of our peoples and contributes to the rapprochement between them. This Algerian traditional handicraft week represents therefore an important step of the bilateral relation between our two countries which the cultural cooperation constitutes one of the main axes.” He added, “The event is also to promote the exchange of experiences between Algeria and the Islamic Republic of Iran in this field. Much more it will provide the friendly Iranian people with the opportunity to have a better understanding of the richness and the variety of the Algerian handicrafts.”
The Ambassador went on to say, “Algeria has indeed a thriving handicrafts industry. From carpets to ceramics, from leather to lute making, from pottery to glass working to silverwork, the country has a tremendous variety of skills that produce wonderful goods.” The exhibition will allow visitors to see a total of 20 different craftsmen and enable to have a glimpse of the sophisticated Algerian artistry”, he added. The Algerian Traditional Handicrafts exhibition will run till March 3 from 10 a.m. to 05 p.m. in Niavaran Cultural and Historical Complex.
source: Iran News