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  • Tunisia: Algerian film director Amar Laskri passes away
    01 may 2015 18:36:58
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Algerian film director Amar Laskri died Friday aged 73 in a hospital in Algiers, PANA learned from informed sources. Full text...

  • Nigeria: African Artist wins highest award at Venice Biennale
    01 may 2015 10:12:10
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Renowned Ghanaian artist El Anatsui has bagged the highest honour awarded at the Venice Binnale, according to a statement made available to PANA here Friday by spokesperson for the Anatsui Art Initiative Therese Nweke. Full text...

  • UN: UNESCO chief highlights power of jazz for social integration
    30 april 2015 17:42:04
    New York, US (PANA) - UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova on Thursday said that artists across the globe have been drawn to the spontaneity and freedom of expression of jazz for over a century, as musicians and music lovers the world over celebrated the third International Jazz Day Full text...

  • Tunisia: Tunisian film wins 1st prize at North African film festival
    12 april 2015 14:03:34
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - "The night of the blind moon'', presented by Tunisian film director, Khadija Mkachar, on Saturday won the first prize of the fourth edition of the North African Film Festival, held 7-11 April, 2015, in Oujda, Morocco. Full text...

  • France: Orange launches 4th edition of music contest in Africa
    01 april 2015 11:40:54
    Paris, France (PANA) - In order to promote new African music talents, StarAfrica.com, Orange's entertainment portal in Africa, is launching the fourth edition of the StarAfrica Sounds music contest. Full text...

  • Belgium: Film on Panzi hospital doctor wins two awards
    31 march 2015 22:36:38
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – A documentary film on Dr Denis Mukwege, director of Panzi hospital in the southern region of Kivu, DR Congo, who performed surgical operations on more than 40,000 women who were violated by armed rebels operating in the area, has won two awards at the Millennium Festival in The Hague, The Netherlands. Full text...

  • Tunisia: European investment bank backs Tunisia’s efforts to restore ancient cities
    25 march 2015 11:23:55
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - The European Investment Bank (EIB) is to support the efforts being made by Tunisia to restore its ancient cities to preserve its economic, historic and tourist values, Bank representative Roelens Abandon said. Full text...

  • Botswana: President Khama challenges Batswanas to embrace cultural heritage
    24 march 2015 13:47:57
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana’s president Ian Khama has urged his compatriots embrace the country’s natural and cultural heritage with a view to supporting government’s efforts to prop up the sector. Full text...

  • UN: UNESCO, WTO chiefs condemn deadly attack on Tunisia’s Bardo Museum
    19 march 2015 08:12:18
    New York, US (PANA) - Senior UN officials have condemned Wednesday's attack against the Bardo Museum in the Tunisian capital which resulted in a number of deaths, and expressed solidarity with the government and people of the North African nation. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: 2,000 professionals expected at 9th MASA in Côte d’Ivoire
    03 march 2015 14:55:11
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) – Some 2,000 professionals and 100 groups are expected at the 9th edition of the Market of Arts and African show (MASA), due for 26 March-2 April, 2015, in the Ivorian capital, Abidjan, MASA director Yacouba Konaté, told PANA on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Belgium: Timbuktu film wins 540,000 euros
    24 february 2015 15:39:02
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The European Union (EU) has awarded 540,000 euros to the Mauritanian team produced the film “Timbuktu” after it won seven awards at the official ceremony of the Cesars in Paris, France, according to a communiqué from the European Commission, obtained here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Togo: Fifth edition of Blitta documentary film festival set for November in Togo
    23 february 2015 20:05:10
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) - The 5th edition of Blitta International Documentary Film Festival (FESDOB) will be held from 4 - 7 November 2015 in Blitta town in Togo's Central Region, PANA learnt Monday from the event organisers. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Govt commends success of Mauritanian film-maker Abderahmane Sissako
    22 february 2015 14:53:21
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – The Mauritanian Government has, in a statement Sunday, commended the success of Mauritanian film-maker Abderahmane Sissako who, it said, “honours his country, Africa and the Arab world after winning Friday seven awards at the 40th ceremony of the Cesars of Cinema in Paris, France for his film “Timbuktu”. Full text...

  • Mali: UN conference to examine conservation of Mali's precious ancient manuscripts
    21 january 2015 17:19:19
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – The UN agency mandated to protect cultural sites around the world will examine long-term conservation of Mali’s invaluable ancient manuscript collection at an international conference set to kick off in the country’s capital, Bamako, next week. Full text...

  • Congo: 4 women filmmakers win prizes at Brazzaville Tazama Festival
    15 january 2015 14:44:51
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - Four women filmmakers have won prizes at the second of the Tazama Festival for African women Filmmakers, held from 6 to 12 January in Brazzaville, the Congolese capital. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: 3rd int'l dance festival of Ouagadougou holds 17-24 January
    13 january 2015 12:35:59
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) – The third edition of the international dance festival of Ouagadougou (FIDO) will be held from 17 to 24 January 2015, a communiqué issued by the director of the event, Mrs. Irène Tassembedo, indicated here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Congo: Congo hosts 1st International festival of arts in Jan.
    31 december 2014 11:08:21
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - Congo's Town of Dolidie, located 400 km south of the capital city of Brazzaville, will host the first edition of the International Festival of arts 15-18 Jan. 2015, the Ministry of Culture and Arts announced in a statement Wednesday. Full text...

  • Belgium: Exhibition of Timbuktu manuscripts opens in Brussels
    22 december 2014 14:19:48
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – Sixteen manuscripts from the Malian city of Timbuktu will be exhibited from Tuesday at the Palais des Beaux-Arts (Bozar) of the Belgian capital, Brussels, official sources said, indicating that the show will run till 22 February, 2015, Full text...

  • DR Congo: Congolese youth urged to contribute to peace in Africa
    17 december 2014 22:21:20
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - The Director-General of the UN Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), Irina Bokova, has called upon young people in DR Congo to mobilize for the creation of a Youth Network for the Culture of Peace in Africa. Full text...

  • Kenya: African Academy of Filmmakers picks winners
    12 december 2014 12:34:03
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A team of five upcoming filmmakers has emerged top in the inaugural Academy of African Filmmakers training, which ended in Nairobi, organizers said Friday. Full text...

  • Mali: Mali bids farewell to singer Fantani Touré
    09 december 2014 20:05:44
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Malians on Tuesday paid a final tribute to the singer artist Fantani Touré, who was laid to rest in Bamako. Full text...

  • Tunisia: 25th edition of the Carthage Film Festival begins Saturday
    28 november 2014 20:23:53
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - The 25th Carthage Film Festival (JCC) begins on Saturday in Tunis with the film "Timbuktu” by the Mauritanian director, Abderrahmane Sissakho. Full text...

  • UN: UN rights expert calls for renewed "nation-building" in Botswana
    27 november 2014 17:51:48
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Special Rapporteur on cultural rights, Ms. Farida Shaheed has urged Botswana government to embark on what she called a "second phase of nation building" to appreciate its cultural heritage and diversity. Full text...

  • Congo: Brazzaville to host 2nd Africa's Women Film Festival next January
    27 november 2014 13:37:58
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The second edition of African Women's Film Festival, dubbed "Tazana", will be held 6-12 January, 2015, in Brazzaville, the Congolese capital, with participants coming from Benin, Cameroon, Rwanda, Senegal and Gabon, the Congolese Ministry of Culture and Arts announced in a statement here Thursday. Full text...

  • UN: UNESCO adds Kenyan Burundian dances to Cultural Heritage list
    26 november 2014 21:54:43
    New York, US (PANA) - The Isukuti dance of Isukha and Idakho communities of Western Kenya, Burundi's ritual dance of the royal drum and the male-child cleansing ceremony of the Lango of central northern Uganda, are among the eight elements added on Wednesday to the UN-endorsed list of the world's intangible cultural heritage. Full text...

  • Guinea: Ebola art exhibition opens in Conakry
    26 november 2014 21:44:54
    Conakry, Guinea (PANA) – An art and craft exhibition aimed at sensitizing the public on the deadly Ebola virus disease mounted by several Guinean artists opened on Wednesday at the national museum of Conakry. Full text...

  • Mali: 10th Bamako Photography Encounters set for November 2015
    25 november 2014 17:41:17
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The 10th edition of the Bamako Photography Encounters will be held in November 2015 under the theme: "Telling time", PANA learned on Tuesday from the Malian Ministry of Culture. Full text...

  • Togo: 9th Festival of black deities canceled due to Ebola
    20 november 2014 13:27:52
    Lome, Togo (PANA) - The festival of black deities, held annually in December in Togo, has been canceled due to the Ebola virus disease plaguing some countries in West Africa, organizers said here. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Prominent musicians to spread the word on healthier diets
    10 november 2014 13:27:07
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - A group of prominent Rwandan artists, who are specialised in playing Afro-Pop, Rap and R Full text...

  • Congo: Govt. sign agreement to build museum
    05 november 2014 21:27:05
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – The Congolese government and the French oil company Total E and P on Wednesday signed an agreement in Brazzaville under which a museum will be built in the department of Kouilou, in the south of the country. Full text...

  • Libya: EU condemns attacks on Libya's cultural heritage
    05 november 2014 15:45:05
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The European Union (EU) has condemned repeated attacks against monuments of cultural heritage and infrastructure across Libya, the country's media reported Wednesday quoting a statement made by Catherine Ray, spokesperson of the High Representative for EU foreign policy. Full text...

  • UN: UNESCO chief calls for safeguard of Libya's cultural heritage
    15 october 2014 20:02:22
    New York, US (PANA) - Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Ms. Irina Bokova, on Wednesday called on all parties in Libya to safeguard the country’s cultural and religious heritage amid a recent intensification of violence there. Full text...

  • Mali: France donates books, computers to Mali's University of Arts and Social Sciences
    09 october 2014 18:11:35
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The Priority Solidarity Fund (FSP) of the French cooperation Thursday donated 2,000 books to the University of Arts and Social Sciences of Bamako in response to a request from Malian authorities, said the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius to set up Indentured Labour Route
    22 september 2014 14:16:42
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Arts and Culture Minister Mookhesswur Choonee, on Monday said the Mauritian government wants to promote the “Indentured Labour Route”, a project that relates to the movement of a mass of people based on inter-cultural exchanges across the continents. Full text...

  • Burundi: Burundi to hold mega concert for 'peace, unity and diversity'
    19 september 2014 19:57:00
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - A free mega concert of modern and traditional music will be held on Sunday at the Youth Center Kamenge, a neighborhood north of the Burundi capital, Bujumbura, as part of the celebration of International Day of Peace. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian festival marked amidst screening for Ebola
    22 august 2014 22:05:23
    Osogbo, Nigeria (PANA) – For the first time in the over 600-year history of the Osun Osogbo festival in southwest Nigeria, worshippers, local and foreign tourists as well as fun seekers at the grand finale on Friday, were thoroughly screened by health officials before being allowed into the Groove. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Osun Osogbo Festival to go ahead despite Ebola concerns
    21 august 2014 22:29:28
    Osogbo, Nigeria (PANA) – Organisers of Osun Osogbo International Festival on Thursday said the grand finale of the annual festival will go ahead despite rumours that it has beebn cancelled because of the Ebola Vorus Disease. Full text...

  • Cape Verde: Eight countries to attend Cape Verde international theatre festival
    21 august 2014 14:33:24
    Praia, Cape Verde (PANA) – Groups from at least eight countries have confirmed their participation in the 20th edition of the international theatre festival of Mindelo (Mindelact 2014), to be held 19-28 September on the Cape Verdian island of Sao Vicente, organizers told PANA here on Thursday. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Mahrés International Festival of Visual Arts underway in Tunis
    11 august 2014 16:24:24
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - The 27th edition of the Mahres International Festival of Visual Arts opened here Sunday bringing together founders of visual arts associations and schools from Mediterranean countries. Full text...

  • Togo: Edem Kodjo pays tribute to Guinean artist Souleymane Koly
    10 august 2014 20:13:39
    Lome, Togo (PANA) - Former Organisation of African Unity (OAU) Secretary-General Edem Kodjo has paid glowing tribute to Guinean artist Souleymane Koly who died Friday of a heart attack at his home in Conakry, Guinea. Full text...

  • Tunisia: El Jem International Symphonic Music Festival opens
    04 august 2014 21:33:33
    Tunis Tunisia (PANA) - The 29th edition of the El Jem International Symphonic Music Festival opened on Sunday night at the Roman amphitheater of the Tunisian town of El Jem. Full text...

  • Cape Verde: Govt. to send teachers to East Timor
    28 july 2014 12:51:59
    Praia, Cape Verde (PANA) - Cabo Verde is to send teachers to East Timor in January, within the framework of an agreement that has just been signed between the two countries, PANA has learned from reliable sources in Praia. Full text...

  • Tunisia: 50th Carthage International Festival scheduled for 10-16 July
    07 july 2014 16:56:31
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Some 52 artists from Tunisia, Egypt and Indonesia will take part in the 50th Carthage International Festival, scheduled for 10-16 July, PANA learnt Sunday from organizers. Full text...

  • Côte-d'Ivoire: American jazz band to tour Côte d'Ivoire
    02 july 2014 20:01:46
    Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) - The American jazz band, Stephane Wrembel Band, begins a tour of Côte d'Ivoire on Friday at the invitation of the US Ambassador, Terence McCulley, to commemorate the 238th anniversary of the US independence. Full text...

  • UN: UNESCO working with Mali to rebuild destroyed mausoleums
    27 june 2014 22:09:16
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), says two of the World Heritage mausoleums destroyed in Timbuktu, Mali have now been rebuilt through a partnership with local communities. Full text...

  • Mali: Visiting Tunisian president to be treated to gala night in Bamako
    20 june 2014 16:11:59
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The Malian government will Friday organize a gala night to welcome the Tunisian President Mohamed Moncef Marzouki, to Mali, PANA learnt from official sources. Full text...

  • Congo: UNESCO supports Brazzaville's attempt to write own history
    19 june 2014 16:44:22
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – The UNESCO representative in Congo, Ana Elisa de Santana Afonso, said here Wednesday that her institution would support the city of Brazzaville in its attempt to write its own history, according to a top UNESCO official. Full text...

  • Senegal: Egypt gets back stolen artifacts
    18 june 2014 17:59:01
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Mohamed Ibrahim, Egypt's Antiquities Minister, Wednesday revealed that 12 stolen artifacts would be returned to his country from London. Full text...

  • UN: UNESCO applauds decision by oil firm to halt exploration in DRC national park
    12 june 2014 22:51:50
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has welcomed as a step in the right direction by the decision of British oil company, Soco, to halt oil exploration in ecologically rich but endangered Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Full text...

  • Togo: Toofan musical group home after MTV Music Awards in South Africa
    11 june 2014 15:05:10
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) – The Togolese music group, Toofan, was received triumphantly Tuesday in Lomé on its return from Durban, South Africa, where it won the MTV Music Awards in the category "Best francophone artist", official sources told PANA. Full text...

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