FESTIVAL

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The festival of Timgad was at first a local festival called “ The festival of popular Arts”. The firs edition of the festival was organized in 1967. It appeared as an initiative of the people of the region, to attempt to established and introduce and valorize the cultural and the touristic heritage of the region. Particularly, it was to shed light on the Roman Theater, which was considered as a “Museum” that hides the precious vestiges, dated from the ancient city “Thamougadi”.

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It was given fame by sequences of achievements, thanks to the qualitative participation of many brotherly and friendly countries.
The festival had risen to become famous since 1998, after a pause of several years (the interruption during the decade of the national tragedy). The National Office of Culture and Information (ONCI) worked for its revival (in 1998), giving the festival a new breath, in order to break with the isolation that Algeria lived at that time, and to revive hope through arts and culture.

The ONCI had been the main organizer of this manifestation From 1998 to 2006. So, the Festival was an integral part of its own program of activities.
It made it a destination of many world-renowned stars and foreign audience, who have been present on the stage of this prestigious and illustrious festival. In 2006, and following this succinct historical chronology, the festival was institutionalized as an international festival with its commissariat that selected ONCI its preferred partner for its organization.
It is important to mention that the cultural and artistic ascent of this festival to the ranks of international festivals must be accompanied by the civil society commitment in the field of cultural investment, for a new dynamic of culture and arts.
This would also guarantee the sustainability of cultural action and provide opportunities for the revival of tourism and the cultural and touristic development of the archaeological sites throughout the country, like the international festivals that function this way.
Le festival de Timgad est placé parmi les rendez-vous annuels culturels et artistiques de première catégorie, lequel contribue au rayonnement culturel et artistique du pays.
The festival of Timgad is considered among the annual cultural and artistic gatherings of the first category, which contributes to the cultural and artistic enrichments of the country

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