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  • 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...

  • 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...

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