Kenya: UNESCO's Africa Week in Paris to focus on youth

Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Investing in the youth of Africa will be the theme of the 2017 edition of UNESCO’s Africa Week, which will be held at the Organization’s Headquarters in Paris, France, from 22 to 24 May.

It will be held  under the patronage of Alain Claude Billie-By-Nze, Gabon’s Minister of the Digital Economy, Communication, Culture and the Arts.

According to the UNESCO media outlet, the event, featuring concerts, film screenings, exhibitions and round table debates, is organized by the group of African Member States of UNESCO under the chair of Mozambique.

The three-day celebration of African culture will include fashion shows by young designers - Diana Magesa from Tanzania and Tatenda Sipula from South Africa - on 22 May.

Fine leather craft will be on display in a workshop organized by the Maison Andridz of Madagascar on 23 May, where it will be followed by a recital of traditional African stories by Fouma Traoré of Burkina Faso.

A children’s programme, featuring drums, dance and masks, is scheduled for 24 May and Patricia Essong of Cameroon will give a concert.

Roundtable debates on the role and prospects of Africa’s youth will be held on 23 and 24 May at which academics, entrepreneurs and representatives of both government and civil society will participate.

Swirl in Bamako, a feature film directed by Dominique Philippe, will be screened on 23 May.

From 22 to 24 May, the young Congolese chef Dieuveil Malonga will take command of UNESCO’s restaurant which will serve his creative interpretation of African gastronomy.

Africa Week is held every year to showcase Africa through the wealth of its cultural and artistic heritage. It marks the anniversary of the establishment on 25 May 1963 of the Organisation of African Unity, which became the African Union in July 2002.
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17 may 2017 12:08:54

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