New institution established to protect national heritage and cutlure

A new institution, the Department of Heritage, was established yesterday by the government.
The Department will be run by the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, and is charged with working towards the protection of Maldivian culture and its national heritage.
It will also take on the duties of running the National Museum, the Boduthakurufaanu Memorial Centre in Utheemu, and the National Archives.

NGO to promote Maldivian culture to be launched this Friday

‘Thirees Nuvaeh’ (‘thirty nine’), a new NGO dedicated to promoting Maldivian culture, will be launched this Friday night at the Artificial Beach in Malé.

The NGO claims it will work towards “strengthening and consolidating democratic principles, human rights, gender equality and social justice; and, to lobby the government, the parliament, the judiciary, political parties, independent commissions, private agencies and individuals.”

The name ’39’ is a reference to Article 39 of the Constitution, which states that all citizens will “participate in the cultural life of the nation.”

The launch will be at 8:45pm on Friday at the Artificial Beach, and attendees are encouraged to wear traditional diguhedhun, dhivehilibaas (women), mundu, gamees (men), or smart casual.

Addendum: This event has been postponed until next week due to inclement weather. Minivan News will update when we receive more information.