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  • Top African musicians to perform at Pan-African Dance Festival in Rwanda
    26 july 2018 12:51:17
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - At least six African countries have confirmed their participation to the week-long 2018 Edition of the Pan African Dance Festival (FESPAD) set to start on 29 July in the Rwandan capital, Kigali. Full text...

  • Week-long presentation of films on ECOWAS holds in Cote d’Ivoire
    04 july 2018 14:59:46
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The Office of the Representative of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in Côte d’Ivoire was the venue of a week-long presentation of films on the activities of the regional organisation in the country. Full text...

  • Kenya's Lake Turkana National Park inscribed on World Heritage Danger List
    02 july 2018 12:56:48
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The World Heritage Committee meeting in Manama since 24 June, has decided to inscribe Kenya's Lake Turkana and National Parks on the List of World Heritage in Danger, notably because of the impact of a dam on the site, the UN agency for culture, education and science says. Full text...

  • UNESCO adds four sites to World Heritage List
    02 july 2018 12:42:29
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - At the World Heritage Committee meeting in Manama, Bahrain, since 24 June, UNESCO has inscribed a natural site in South Africa. Full text...

  • Mozambique hosts 3rd African World Heritage Regional Youth Forum
    29 april 2018 04:26:26
    Maputo, Mozambique (PANA) - The African World Heritage Fund and UNESCO will organise the Third African World Heritage Regional Youth Forum in Mozambique, from 30 April to 5 May, in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Mozambique. Full text...

  • Namibia’s Shark Island set to become heritage site
    25 april 2018 09:36:13
    Windhoek, Namibia (PANA) – Namibia’s off-the-coast Shark Island, notorious for housing a German concentration camp where hundreds of Ovaherero and Nama people were kept in colonial era, could soon become a national heritage site, The Namibian reported on Wednesday. Full text...

  • South Africa's Xhosa initiation film hits a nerve
    22 february 2018 08:44:34
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The producers of a film about a Xhosa initiation ceremony, which has hit a nerve in South Africa, plan to appeal the the Film and Publication Board’s (FPB) classification of the film which falls into an X18 category which prohibits it from being shown in main stream cinemas. Full text...

  • OIF Secretary General pays tribute to late Burkina film director
    20 february 2018 16:26:54
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - The Secretary General of the International Francophonie Organisation (OIF), Michaëlle Jean, has on Tuesday paid tribute to Idrissa Ouedraogo, a Burkina film director who died on Sunday in Ouagadougou, at the age of 64, following an illness. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso's 19th biennial National Week of Culture begins 24 March
    19 february 2018 11:29:39
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - The 19th biennial National Week of Culture of Burkina Faso will take place on 24-31 March in Bobo-Dioulasso under the theme: "Preserving cultural values: Problems and challenges." Full text...

  • Regional book workshop opens in Côte d'Ivoire
    22 january 2018 13:34:00
    Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) - A regional promotion workshop in Africa for the Global Book Alliance (GBA), co-organised by the Association for the development of education in Africa (ADEA) and the US agency for international development (USAID), opened on Monday in the Ivorian economic capital, Abidjan, official sources told PANA. Full text...

  • UNESCO chief 'deeply regrets' Israel's decision to withdraw from agency
    30 december 2017 04:24:08
    Paris, France (PANA) – The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has voiced “deep regret” over Israel's decision to withdraw from the agency. Full text...

  • UNESCO-backed study finds ‘no clear evidence’ social media lead to violent behaviour
    29 december 2017 18:48:23
    Paris, France (PANA) – Violent extremists use the Internet to attract younger audiences, to disseminate content and to foster direct dialogue with young people, a United Nations agency-backed study found, but more research is needed to find out if social media has an effective role in radicalization. Full text...

  • Kenyan film official salutes world movie industry
    21 december 2017 10:14:55
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A Kenyan film official on Thursday hailed the United States, Indian and Nigerian movie industry for the big contribution they make to the economies of their respective countries. Full text...

  • Rwandan museum in memory of German colonialist opens
    19 december 2017 09:30:46
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Kandt House, the first museum established in memory of the explorations and discoveries of Richard Kandt, a Germany colonialist who became the first European resident of Rwanda, opened to the public in Kigali on Tuesday, two days after its official inauguration. Full text...

  • Rosa Luxemburg Foundation to finance production of 10 films on migration
    30 october 2017 19:55:31
    Tunis Tunisia (PANA) - The Rosa Luxemburg Foundation's North Africa Office has called for applications to fund the production of 10 documentary films on migration, which is open to producers and journalists in all African countries. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso Minister of Culture resigns
    26 october 2017 20:06:11
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Tahirou Barry, the Minister of Culture, Arts and Tourism in Burkina Faso, resigned Thursday from the government, "for personal reasons", PANA learned from his entourage and himself. Full text...

  • Uganda's Surrogates voted best African production at Slum Film Festival
    17 october 2017 11:32:46
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Ugandan film, Surrogate, was on Monday night voted the Best African production at the ongoing 7th Slum Film Festival in Nairobi. Full text...

  • France: Former French Culture minister nominated as UNESCO boss
    14 october 2017 08:47:30
    Paris, France (PANA) - The 58 members of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) Executive Board on 13 October nominated Audrey Azoulay of France for the position of Director-General of the Organization, replacing outgoing Director-General Irina Bokova. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Renowned Ghanaian Sculptor, El Anatsui, adds more int'l awards to his long list
    30 september 2017 06:32:16
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Globally-celebrated Ghanaian Sculptor, Prof. El Anatsui, has been honoured with the most internationally-prestigious award in art - the Japan’s Praemium Imperiale International Arts Award, according to a statement unveiled recently in New York, US, by The Japan Art Association at the famous Juilliard School. Full text...

  • Kenya: Nairobi set for global Slum Film Festival
    28 september 2017 11:12:47
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Organizers of the annual Slum Film Festival (SFF) have received 2,600 entries from 120 countries for this year's event which rolls off on Monday in Kibera, Film Festival Director George Karanja told the media on Thursday Full text...

  • Kenya: Ethiopian gov't urged to exercise restraint at upcoming Irreecha festival
    19 september 2017 07:15:07
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – Human Rights Watch is urging the Ethiopian government and security officials to act with restraint and take concrete steps to prevent injuries and deaths at this year’s Irreecha festival on 1 October. Full text...

  • Botswana: Botswana reconsiders music festival ban
    11 september 2017 15:32:59
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana has temporary suspended a presidential directive to cancel music festival at stadium and public places. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: AfDB moving Africa up the textile, clothing value chain with Fashionomics Africa
    23 august 2017 13:29:33
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - Speaking ahead of World Fashion Day, a day marked yearly on 21 August to celebrate and commemorate the glory, spirit and art of fashion throughout the world, and to highlight national, regional and international achievements in the fashion world over the past year, stakeholder in the textile and clothing industry have described Fashionomics Africa as a veritable platform to tap Africa’s huge potential for fashion. Full text...

  • US: 'UNESCO’s #Unite4Heritage Campaign, a permanent exhibit at UN Headquarters'
    30 june 2017 06:20:19
    New York, US (PANA) - From 28 June, 2017, the almost two million visitors that will visit the UN Headquarters in New York, US, in the next two years will have the chance to experience and interact with UNESCO’s #Unite4Heritage campaign and gain exposure to the Organization’s major areas of work. Full text...

  • France: 144 Countries, EU set guidelines to protect, promote diversity of cultural expressions
    10 june 2017 06:03:26
    Paris, France (PANA) - Representatives of countries that have ratified UNESCO’s Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions will examine ways to apply the guiding principles of the Convention in the digital environment, at their biennial meeting in Paris, France, from 13 to 15 June. Full text...

  • Morocco: King Mohammed, UNESCO Chief celebrate Islamic culture as source of dialogue, peace
    24 may 2017 15:29:16
    Rabat, Morocco (PANA) - The UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, and His Majesty, King Mohammed VI of Morocco, on Tuesday jointly visited the Al Quaraouiyine University, the oldest institution of higher learning in the world, within the framework of the national plan on the prevention of violent extremism through education and culture. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: African fashion designers take centre stage at AfDB meetings in India
    12 may 2017 14:49:44
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The tremendous opportunity for Africa’s fashion industry will attract global attention at the 2017 Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank (AfDB) in India, from 22 - 26 May. Full text...

  • France: UNESCO spotlights power of jazz to promote dialogue among cultures
    01 may 2017 06:36:14
    Paris, France (PANA) - The United Nations cultural agency has stressed the power of jazz to unite people and its contribution to peace as it marked International Jazz Day on Sunday. Full text...

  • UNESCO: Candidates for post of DG to be interviewed on Wednesday, Thursday
    25 april 2017 14:11:28
    Paris, France (PANA) - The 58-member Executive Board of UNESCO, chaired by Michael Worbs of Germany, will interview candidates for the post of Director-General of the Organization on Wednesday, 26 April, and Thursday, 27 April, at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France. Full text...

  • China: UNESCO promotes power of youth to preserve cultural heritage
    17 april 2017 19:29:54
    Changsha, China (PANA) - Young people from around the world on Monday joined United Nations staff and international dignitaries in Changsha, China, to show support for protecting and preserving the cultural heritage along the Silk Route. Full text...

  • Botswana: Mobile network operator continues to support artiste in Botswana
    13 march 2017 09:06:29
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) – Botswana’s most successful musician, Vee Mampeezy, has inked a deal with the country’s mobile operator, Orange Botswana, a subsidiary of one of the world’s leading telecommunication companies, Orange. Full text...

  • Rwanda: 18-year-old becomes "Miss Rwanda 2017"
    26 february 2017 12:09:48
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan Elsa Iradukunda, 18, has been crowned Miss Rwanda 2017 in a pageant that took place late Saturday in Kigali. Full text...

  • Mali: Sikasso to host int'l Balafon festival in February
    03 february 2017 13:32:04
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The Malian city of Sikasso, 380 kilometres south of Bamako, will 8-12 February host the international ‘Triangle du Balafon’ festival, official sources told PANA on Friday. Full text...

  • South Africa: SA-born musician selected for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
    24 december 2016 08:15:21
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Musician Trevor Rabin has been selected as the first South African musician to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Three cultural traditions added to UNESCO heritage protection list
    01 december 2016 05:58:30
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – With the current session of the United Nations committee tasked with safeguarding intangible cultural heritage under way, three cultural elements in Portugal, Uganda and Ukraine have been inscribed to the United Nations list of cultural traditions in need of urgent protection. Full text...

  • US: EU, Egypt sign agreement on cultural property protection
    01 december 2016 05:47:47
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The US and Egypt on Wednesday signed a bilateral Memorandum of Understanding on cultural property protection under which the United States will impose import restrictions on archaeological material representing Egypt’s cultural heritage dating from 5200 B.C. through 1517 A.D. Full text...

  • UN: UN committee on safeguarding intangible cultural heritage opens in Ethiopia
    28 november 2016 20:04:11
    New York, US (PANA) - 11th session of the UN Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage began on Monday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to promote cultural values and artistic skills for sustainable development. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Minister hails revival of centuries-old festival, promises support
    17 november 2016 16:02:37
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has hailed the revival of the centuries-old ''Ijakadi Festival'' by the Offa Kingdom in north central Kwara State, assuring that the festival will be one of the beneficiaries of the training for festival managers being planned by the Ministry in collaboration with its partners. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian Culture minister hails artifact rescuers
    17 november 2016 08:35:12
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has commended the members of the Artifacts Rescuers Association of Nigeria for playing a strategic role in the preservation of the nation's cultural heritage, saying the ministry will continue to partner with them to retrieve and preserve stolen artifacts. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian government ready to support growth of film industry - Minister
    14 november 2016 11:30:38
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian Federal Government has pledged to invest in the necessary infrastructure to ensure the growth of the film industry and complement the efforts of the tireless professionals who built the industry from the scratch. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius launches programme to develop film industry
    21 october 2016 10:49:43
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Finance and Economic Development Minister Pravind Jugnauth on Friday said he is convinced that film-making is one of the most promising of the country's nascent industries while highlighting the various benefits associated with the industry in terms of its contribution to the economic, social and cultural development. Full text...

  • UN: UNESCO report says culture vital to cities sustainability
    19 october 2016 15:18:19
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has released a new report highlighting the power of culture as a strategic asset for creating cities that are more inclusive, creative and sustainable. Full text...

  • US: Protecting cultural heritage from combatants promotes human rights - Ban
    23 september 2016 06:33:41
    New York, US (PANA) - Safeguarding cultural property that combatants aim to damage encompasses part of larger endeavours to defend human rights and universal values, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Thursday, calling on the international community to intensify efforts to protect such treasures and end their illicit trafficking. Full text...

  • UN: Al-Sisi tasks UNESCO on eliminating destructive ideologies
    21 september 2016 15:12:46
    New York, US (PANA) - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi says terrorism is the cancer of our age that breeds extremism and violence in the minds of people, urging the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to use cultural "weapons" to eliminate destructive ideologies through access to knowledge, transfer of technology and confronting extremist ideologies. Full text...

  • Mali: 'ICC trial over destruction of cultural property in Timbuktu shows need for broader accountability'
    22 august 2016 18:45:04
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Human rights group Amnesty International says destruction of cultural property constitutes war crimes and those carrying out such attacks must be prosecuted. Full text...

  • Niger: Niger urges UNESCO to extend support to education, sciences and culture
    11 august 2016 13:22:48
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) – Despite UNESCO’s multiple interventions in in several domains in Niger, challenges still remain in the sectors of education, sciences, culture and communications, the Nigerien minister of Foreign affairs and Cooperation, Ibrahim Yacoubou, said on Wednesday evening during a meeting with the UNESCO Chief, Irina Bokova, who is on a visit to the country. Full text...

  • Tanzania: UNESCO study explores world heritage in high seas
    03 august 2016 18:45:37
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Sunken coral islands, floating rainforests, giant undersea volcanoes or even spires of rock resembling sunken cities: none of these sites can be inscribed on the World Heritage List because they are found in the High Seas, outside of any national jurisdiction, according to a new report released Wednesday. Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudanese welcomes recognition of its Red Sea natural site as a world heritage
    03 august 2016 18:25:49
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) – Recognition of the first Sudanese natural site as the World Heritage is a historical achievement of the country, Sudan’s Minister of Education and Chair of the National Commission for Education, Science and Culture, Dr. Souad Abdulrazig, said here Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN: UNESCO says 5 World Heritage Sites in Libya in danger
    15 july 2016 15:44:00
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Committee has placed the five World Heritage sites of Libya on the List of World Heritage in Danger, citing damage caused by the conflict affecting the country and the threat of further damage it poses. Full text...

  • UN: UNESCO adds Old Towns of Djenne in Mali to List of World Heritage in Danger
    13 july 2016 22:01:11
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) late Wednesday said its World Heritage Committee, which establishes the locations that are listed as "UNESCO World Heritage Sites", has added the Old Towns of Djenne in Mali to the List of World Heritage in Danger, due to insecurity, which is affecting the area and preventing the implementation of protective measures for the site. Full text...

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