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  • 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...

  • Angola: Angola pushes Mbanza Congo city as world heritage site
    11 june 2014 13:05:30
    Zaire, Angola (PANA) - Angola has continued to push the candidature of Mbanza Congo city, capital of the ancient Kingdom of Congo, as UNESCO world heritage site. Full text...

  • Mali: Switzerland, EU release CFAF850m to renovate destroyed cultural heritage centrres
    06 june 2014 13:18:57
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – Switzerland and the European Union (EU) have released 858 million CFAF to UNESCO for the second stage of the renovation of the cultural heritage centres destroyed by Jihad fighters during their occupation of northern Mali. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Ghanaian Artist, Anatsui, makes Africa proud, elected into American Academy of Arts, Sciences
    23 may 2014 11:18:38
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Globally-acclaimed Ghanaian artist El Anatsui has been elected into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the most prestigious US honorary societies, according to the Anatsui Art Initiative. Full text...

  • Mali: African football stars to feature at 4th int'l Sido-Foot festival in Bamako
    20 may 2014 17:35:17
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – Several current and former African football stars will storm Bamako, the Malian capital, on 9 June to participate in the fourth edition of the international Sido-Foot festival, aimed at achieving total reconciliation in Mali, organizers told here PANA. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Tunisia to promote cultural tourism
    18 may 2014 17:37:20
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – The Tunisian ministry of Culture is preparing an integral project on cultural tourism aimed at promoting 80 ancient sites in a bid to develop cultural tourism, the Tunisian Culture minister, Mourad Sakli, said on Sunday. Full text...

  • Togo: Togo to host 2nd edition of Miss Africa Beauty pageant 11 Oct
    17 may 2014 14:45:03
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) - The second edition of the Pan African beauty pageant, dubbed "Miss Africa Beauty" will be held in Lomé, the Togolese capital, on 11 October, according to a statement released Saturday by the organizers. Full text...

  • US: UN, EU team up to restore Timbuktu’s cultural heritage
    16 may 2014 20:33:14
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN and the European Union (EU) have forged an agreement on Friday to fund the restoration of cultural heritage in Timbuktu, Mali, that was destroyed by extremists after fighting broke out in 2012 between Malian government forces and Tuareg rebels. Full text...

  • Tunisia: ''Challat de Tunis'' to be screened at Cannes Cinema festival in France
    14 may 2014 17:14:28
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – The Tunisian minister of Culture, Mourad Sakli, will lead the Tunisian team to the 67th edition of the Cannes cinema Festival in France, scheduled for 14-25 May, reliable sources said here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Senegal: International cultural festival underway in Gambia
    12 may 2014 16:49:30
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The International Roots Festival began on Monday in The Gambia with lots of fanfare and festivities, PANA reports from here. Full text...

  • Togo: 600-year-old baobab tree classified tourist site in Togo
    08 may 2014 14:15:09
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) - Authorities in Togo have named a baobab tree, reportedly aged 600 years, a tourist site in the village of TouLong, about 650 km north of Lome, the capital, the state-run daily Togo press reported Thursday. Full text...

  • Benin: WB to release 4b CFA Francs for Center of Excellence
    04 may 2014 15:28:06
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) - The World Bank is to give 4 billion CFA Francs (US$8.45 million) to establish a centre of excellence at Benin's first public University of Abomey-Calavi, PANA learnt from university sources Sunday. Full text...

  • Togo: Niger fashion designer calls for development of textile industry and fashion in Africa
    28 april 2014 21:28:21
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) - A Niger fashion designer, Alphadi, on Monday called for the development of the textile industry and fashion in Africa. Full text...

  • Mali: Malian singer Habib Koité to release new album
    25 april 2014 20:48:38
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Malian singer Habib Koité will on Friday 2 May in Bamako release his latest album titled "Saô", which means "At home", PANA has learned from the organizing committee of the event. Full text...

  • Togo: Film festival opens in Lomé
    25 april 2014 00:04:00
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) - Lome's international film festival, FESCILOM, opened Thursday evening in the Togolese capital. Full text...

  • Tunisia: 4th Russian cinema festival holds 27 April to 4 May in 2 Tunisian cities
    23 april 2014 17:13:11
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – The fourth festival of the "Russian Spring", an annual cinematographic event, will be held from 27 April to 4 May in the Tunisian cities of Tunis and Sousse. Full text...

  • Mali: 6 young Malians for int'l language, cultural festival in Turkey
    14 april 2014 16:04:25
    Bamako, Mali ( PANA) - Six young students, four of them girls, from the "College Horizon" school, will represent Mali at the 12th International languages and cultural festival to be held in Turkey from 13 May to 15 June, according to organizers. Full text...

  • Mali: Senegalese-Malian fashion week holds 30 April-10 May in Bamako
    11 april 2014 14:09:15
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – The sixth edition of the Senegalese-Malian fashion week will be held from 30 April to 10 May in the Malian capital, Bamako, organizers told PANA here on Friday. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Music festival ''Nuits des Solistes'' opens in Sousse on Friday
    10 april 2014 21:47:48
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – The 12th international edition of the festival, "Nuits des Solistes", begins on Friday in Sousse with the participation of several artistes from Egypt, Lebanon, Iran, Brazil, Cuba, Belgium, USA, Azerbaijan, France and Tunisia. Full text...

  • Togo: Lomé to host international music festival
    08 april 2014 20:10:35
    Lomé,Togo (PANA) – The seventh edition of the international music festival dubbed "Africa Rhythms" is expected to be held from 28 April to 3 May in the Togolese capital, Lomé, sources close to organizers told PANA on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Algerian film wins award at Sousse Children and Youth Film Fest
    31 march 2014 15:34:26
    Sousse, Tunisia (PANA) - Algerian film, Le Jour d’avant, directed by Karim Moussaoui, was awarded the "Hadramout" grand prize in feature films at the International Children and Youth Film Fest of Sousse, Tunisia. Full text...

  • Senegal: Ziguinchor chief sues for peace in Casamance
    30 march 2014 18:00:11
    Ziguinchor, Senegal (PANA) - The President of the Regional Council of Ziguinchor, Southern Senegal, Lamine Sagna, on Saturday called upon the youth of Casamance to become more involved in the search for peace in the region, PANA reports from here. Full text...

  • Cameroon: Some 40,000 archeological pieces discovered in Cameroon
    29 march 2014 18:19:00
    Douala, Cameroon (PANA) – Some 40,000 archeological remains have been discovered on the construction site of the hydroelectric dam of Lom Pangar in eastern Cameroon. Full text...

  • Togo: Togo launches 20th beauty contest
    22 march 2014 13:18:06
    Lome, Togo (PANA) - The 20th edition Togo’s beauty contest was officially launched on Friday in Lome, the Togolese capital. Full text...

  • Togo: France gives Togo CFAF 5.248b to enhance high school education
    20 march 2014 13:17:35
    Lome, Togo (PANA) - The French Development Agency, AFD, has approved CFAF 5.248 billion (8 million Euro) funding for Togo to repair its dilapidated high schools, official sources told PANA Thursday in Lome, the nation's capital. Full text...

  • Libya: Spanish city of Grenade hosts exhibition of Libyan artist
    19 march 2014 21:38:46
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Libyan artist, Dr. Maatouk Abou Rawi, is holding an exhibition at the seat of the Euro-Arab Foundation for higher education in the southern Spanish city of Grenade on the theme, “Immortalizing the Arab spring victims”. Full text...

  • Mali: Mali's damaged cultural sites to be renovated with 4 billion CFAF
    19 march 2014 16:41:51
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – Mali is looking for US$8 million or about 4 billion CFAF, to enable it complete the renovation of the cultural sites damaged by the "Jihadist" in the northern region of the country, PANA learnt from the Malian Culture ministry. Full text...

  • Togo: Designer to showcase 'Water' collection on 22 March
    12 march 2014 16:20:32
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) - The Togolese designer, Desmo Design, will on 22 March showcase his collection on the theme "Water" in the capital, Lomé to highlight the importance of the precious natural resource to the world. Full text...

  • Mali: UNESCO to carry out inventory of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Mali
    11 march 2014 15:01:02
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Mali's Ministry of Culture and the Resident Representative of UNESCO, Eloundou Lazareont, Tuesday in Bamako, the nation's capital, launched a project aimed at taking an inventory of intangible cultural heritage in the country, PANA learnt from official sources. Full text...

  • Senegal: Maiden Ivorian craft fair holds 7-13 April in Abidjan
    04 march 2014 14:34:04
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The First Ivorian Crafts Fair (MIVA) will hold from 7 to 13 April at the Treichville’s Sports Palace, under the theme “Promotion of the innovation and excellence of African crafts products”, organizers of the event announced in Dakar, Senegal. Full text...

  • Kenya: Actress Lupita makes history, wins Oscar award
    03 march 2014 10:13:42
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan actress Lupita Amondi Nyong’o on Sunday night won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar at the 86th Academy Awards held in Los Angeles, US, for her much-acclaimed role in the movie '12 years a slave'. Full text...

  • Congo: Dictionary to promote two languages in Congo, DRC and CAR published
    27 february 2014 17:09:07
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – The International Organization of French-speaking communities (IOF) has published a trilingual dictionary in French, Lingala and Sango to develop the learning of the national languages of Congo, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the Central African Republic (CAR). Full text...

  • Congo: Brazzaville to get US$2m Centre for Education
    17 february 2014 11:01:23
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - A Centre for education, training and learning is to be built in the Congolese capital, Brazzaville, at a cost of 935,777,435 FCFA (US$1.95 million), a government statement said Monday. Full text...

  • Morocco: Music festival to honour Mandela
    12 february 2014 09:15:58
    Rabat, Morocco (PANA) - The 20th Fes festival of music, to be held 13 - 21 June in Morocco's spiritual city of Fes, will pay tribute to global icon Nelson Mandela, who passed away last year aged 95, the organisers have announced. Full text...

  • Guinea: Head of UNESCO Regional office visits Guinea
    11 february 2014 20:44:56
    Conakry, Guinea (PANA) – The Director of the UN Cultural Organization (UNESCO) multisectoral regional Office in Abuja, Nigeria, Mrs Hassana Alidou, is paying a five-day visit to Guinea as part of a three-nation tour that will also take her to Benin and Togo to see the operations of the Commission in those countries. Full text...

  • Guinea: Senior UNESCO official to visit Guinea
    07 february 2014 22:12:34
    Conakry, Guinea (PANA) - The head of the UNESCO regional multisectoral Office in Abuja (Nigeria), Hassane Alidou, will from 9 to 13 February pay a working visit to Conakry, sources from the Guinean national commission for the UN specialized institution said on Friday. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Workshop on protection of al-Amadi cultural heritage begins Monday
    26 january 2014 19:18:25
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - A workshop on how to protect the al-Amadi cultural heritage begins Monday in Mattmata, southern Tunisia, with Tunisian and international experts involved in cultural heritage protection participating, PANA learnt Sunday from informed sources. Full text...

  • Congo: Deficit of 14,000 teachers recorded in 2013-2014
    25 january 2014 11:15:34
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - Congo Brazzaville has a deficit of 14,000 teachers for the 2013-2014 school year, the primary and secondary education and literacy ministry said here Saturday. Full text...

  • Mauritania: 3rd festival of Ancient Cities starts
    14 january 2014 18:39:32
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – The third edition of the festival of Ancient Cities of Mauritania (FVAM) got off to a huge start Tuesday with hundreds of European tourists, particularly French, already here to savour the international event in the ancient city of Oualata, more than 1,300 km away. Full text...

  • Mauritania: 4th edition of Mauritania's Ancient Cities Festival opens on 13 January
    08 january 2014 19:52:21
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - The 4th edition of Mauritania's Ancient Cities Festival will take place from 13-16 January in the southeastern city of Oualata, about 1,300 km from Nouakchott. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Book Fair on Tunisian revolution opens
    08 january 2014 15:20:24
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – A book fair, with special focus on the third anniversary of the Tunisian revolution, opened Tuesday at the Ibn Khaldoun cultural complex in Tunis, PANA reported, quoting organizers. Full text...

  • US: Book on anti-graft war puts Nigerian scholar, journo in global spotlight
    04 january 2014 10:31:31
    New York, US (PANA) - Nigerian scholar, author and journalist Wale Adebanwi's book on the country's anti-graft war has been named among the 'Best Books of 2013 on Africa' by Foreign Affairs, the leading journal on US foreign policy and global affairs, PANA reported from here Saturday. Full text...

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