Agostinho Neto Foundation wants FestiNeto to go nationwide
Catete, Catete – The Agostinho Neto Foundation (FAAN) intends to turn FestiNeto into a national event, contrary to FestiBengo (now replaced by FestiNeto) which only took place in Bengo Province. This intention was expressed last Sunday to ANGOP, by Amarildo Cândido, who is an FAAN adviser, when speaking to ANGOP on FestiNeto, which is a socio-cultural and sports festival, promoted by the António Agostinho Neto Foundation (FAAN), in the ambit of the celebrations of the National Hero’s Day, to be marked on September 17. Amarildo Cândido revealed that this year, the FestiNeto activities will cover the provinces of Bengo, Luanda and Kwanza Norte. In Kwanza Norte it will be held on Tuesday a conference on the life and work of Agostinho Neto, whose speakers will be the university lecturers António Gunza and Filipe Vidal, who do researches on the life of the first president of Angola. In Luanda, the foundation will promote a workshop with the Navy, whereas the Icolo e Bengo municipality will host the highest number of activities. “We intend to take FestiNeto to all the provinces of the country, (…) but we do not yet have resources to do it simultaneously in all the provinces, but wherever we can we’ll do it”, Amarildo Cândido explained. The commemorations of the National Hero’s Day started last Saturday in Catete village, Icolo e Bengo Municipality, with the holding of FestiNeto, under the promotion of the António Agostinho Neto Foundation. On the occasion, the widow of António Agostinho Neto, Maria Eugénia Neto, placed a wreath on the bust of her late husband, who is the country’s first president. The activity was marked by a conference on Angolan nationalism, whose lecturers were the vice governor of Bengo Province, Domingos Guilherme, the MP Chico Adão and general Domingos Kissanga. September 17 is commemorated as National Hero’s Day, in homage to Agostinho Neto, who was born on that date, in 1922.