General Cultural Themes of mali Mali is a country of ancient civilizations. With the succession of different Empires, the Kingdom of Mali has been a center and crossroads of different African peoples from whom we inherited our current culture.
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Independence Day, 22 September, is a major public holiday in Mali and the occasion of parades, political speeches, and other celebrations
Other public holidays include:
In addition to the celebrations on the public calendar, there are a number of well-known regional festivities
The University of Tombouctou, actually in Sankore mosque, was more than merely a great intellectual nucleus of the West African civilizations of Ghana, Mali and SonghaiAmong its most formidable scholars, professors, and lecturers was Ahmed Baba, a highly distinguished historian frequently quoted in the Tarikh-es-Sudan and other worksAll the ancient hand-written documents are kept in the Library of the Center Ahmed Baba. Scholars are racing against time to preserve these ancient texts
A visit to the Musée national du Mali, in Bamako, provides visitors with an appreciation of the richness of Malian artistic traditions.
Malian artists have also distinguished themselves as film directors, including SouleymaneCissé, CheickOumarSissoko, Adama Drabo, and KadiatouKonaté.
Extremely active - and with significant implication for development - is the (predominantly comic) theater tradition in Mali known as koteba.