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Rock paintings of Tassili n'Ajjer / Photo Shutterstock
Rock paintings of Tassili n’Ajjer / Photo Shutterstock

Throughout history and because of its geographic position, Algerian culture – from prehistoric rock carvings and paintings still to be seen in the Sahara to modern literature – has been shaped by many influences.

Since independence, the Algerian government has put much effort into constructing a national cultural tradition, by subsidizing many initiatives in arts and culture. In later years, many artists wished to express more critical views and tried to create their own cultural infrastructure.

Further Reading

The literary currents that emerged from the regions of present-day Algeria were influenced by, and actually part of, both Arabic and French traditions
Like the rest of the Arab world, Algeria has a tradition of modern classical music performed by famous singers supported by large orchestras
Algeria’s architecture reflects the country’s history. Along with the remains of Roman times, there is the living example of the Kasbah of Algiers
The Algerian film industry is well developed. Theatre emerged in colonial times and at times served as a platform for indirect criticism of French rule
One of Algeria’s most famous museums is the Musée National de Préhistoire et d’Ethnographie du Bardo in Algiers
Sports became intermingled with politics during the rise of Algerian nationalism, in particular during the War of Independence

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