Minister of Arts and Culture, Dr Z Pallo Jordan to host the Timbuktu Manuscript and Scholarship Exhibition
18 July 2008
The Minister of Arts and Culture, Dr Z Pallo Jordan will host the launch of the Timbuktu Script and Scholarship Exhibition at the Castle of Good Hope in Cape Town on the 7th of August 2008.
President Thabo Mbeki will deliver a keynote address at the event. The exhibition is an integral part of the South Africa-Mali project which was initiated by the President in 2002. As a New Partnership for Africa's Development (Nepad) flagship cultural project, the collaborative programme between South Africa and Mali seeks to conserve the important collection of manuscripts held at the Ahmed Baba Institute of Higher Islamic Studies in Timbuktu.
The exhibition, co-hosted by the Department of Arts and Culture and the Iziko Museums of Cape Town, will highlight the heritage value of the manuscripts especially in their conservation. Significantly, the exhibition will travel to all the major cities throughout the country.
"It is very important for our people to be given the opportunity to view a diversity of manuscripts from Timbuktu. Various writing materials and subjects are included, revealing a multifaceted history of reading and writing in Africa," said Minister Jordan.
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Issued by: Department of Arts and Culture
18 July 2008
Source: Department of Arts and Culture (http://www.dac.gov.za/)