Action plan for the Safeguarding of the Ahellil of Gourara

  • Project budget:
    • US$ 90,400
  • Source:
    • Japan Funds-in-Trust
  • Dates of implementation:
    • 01/12/2006 - 01/09/2009

Benefitting country(ies): Algeria


The Ahellil is a series of collective chants performed at social gatherings and celebrations of the Berber-speaking population of the Gouara region. Starting with short well-known songs performed by the whole group, the performances build to a conclusion featuring the most accomplished singers.

The safeguarding action plan aims at/

  • ensuring the viability of the Ahellil of Gourara through activities including the establishment of a “Committee for the Safeguarding of the Ahellil of Gourara” (CSAG) to implement the plan;
  • encouraging transmission to younger generations by teaching Ahellil (initiation) in schools and colleges of Gourara;
  • organizing training workshops on Ahellil music, poetry and choreography; identifying Ahellil bearers and conducting inventory-making and data collection?
  • organizing an annual festival (with Jury and Awards) to promote the Ahellil; and
  • creating a website and newsletter on Ahellil, supported by the production of audio and video materials.

01/02/2005 - 01/10/2009 – Safeguarding of the Art of the Akyns, Kyrgyz Epic Tellers01/10/2006 - 01/08/2009 – Action Plan for the Safeguarding and promotion of the Drametse Ngacham