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  • Burkina Faso assures security for all at FESPACO festival
    18 january 2019 15:44:47
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - Burkinabe Minister of Culture Abdoul Karim Sango has reassured security at the 26th edition of the Panafrican Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou (FESPACO) taking place from February 23 to March 2, 2019, in the West African nation's capital. Full text...

  • Algeria to sponsor Miriam Makeba Prize at Fespaco 2019
    17 january 2019 19:20:30
    Paris, France (PANA) - A Miriam Makeba Prize, sponsored by Algeria, will be awarded for the first time at the Pan-African Film, Television and Audiovisual Festival (Fespaco), scheduled to hold from 23 February to 2 March, 2019, in Ouagadougou, announced the festival's general delegation. Full text...

  • Burkinabe gov't solicits economic model for African cinema at FESPACO 2019
    17 january 2019 18:55:08
    Paris, France (PANA) - Burkina Faso's Minister of Culture, Abdoum Karim Sango, has called on African film professionals and their partners to evolve an economic model for the African cinema during the Pan-African Film, Television and Audiovisuel (FESPACO), scheduled for 23 February to 2 March in Ouagadougou. Full text...

  • Fespaco selects films for screening at Ouagadougou festival
    16 january 2019 19:58:22
    Paris, France (PANA) - The management of the Pan-African Film, Television and Audiovisual Festival (Fespaco), on Wednesday announced the official selection of the full-length films that will compete during the 26th edition of the festival, to be held from 23 February to 2 March in Ouagadougou, the Burkinabe capital. Full text...

  • Burkinabè Culture Minister in Brussels to whip up interest in Fespaco 2019
    15 january 2019 18:30:02
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The Burkinabe Minister of Culture, Arts and Tourism, Abdoul Karim Sango, is due in Brussels for a working visit during which he will address a press conference on Thursday to drum up interest in the 26th edition of the Pan-African Film, Television and Audiovisual Festival (Fespaco), to be held from 23 February to 2 March in Ouagadougou. Full text...

  • Benin's government to rehabilitate 'Akana Idena of Ketou' cultural museum
    13 january 2019 13:08:35
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) - The government of Benin plans to rehabilitate the 'Akaba Idena of Kétou' museum, a symbol of Yoruba culture and historical wars involving the ancient kingdoms of Danxome (Benin) and Oyo (Nigeria), according to a decision taken at the last weekly session of the council of ministers. Full text...

  • Benin adopts master plan to develop tourist sites
    12 january 2019 18:07:46
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) - Benin is to implement a master plan to development its tourist sites to tap the potential of these areas to generate jobs and economic activity, sources close to the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sports said on Saturday. Full text...

  • Congolese author denounces Lari people genocide in Congo
    11 january 2019 18:10:17
    Paris, France (PANA) - Successive regimes in the Republic of Congo have been carrying out a deliberate policy targeting the minority Lari ethnic community in order to "isolate them and exterminate them, particularly in the Pool region, a Congolese writer and former priest, Nsaku Kimbembe, has charged in an interview with PANA in Paris, France. Full text...

  • 7th edition of Spot on Mali Music Festival to be held on 25-26 January
    11 january 2019 13:32:43
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The 7th edition of the Spot on Mali Music Festival will be held from 25-26 January in Bamako on the theme, "The path of peace passes by the heart". Full text...

  • Benin undertakes social actions to support education sector
    10 january 2019 11:34:02
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) - The Beninese government has undertaken several social interventions to support various levels of education, according to the 2019 finance bill recently passed by the National Assembly. Full text...

  • Malian journalists call for private media support fund for media houses
    10 january 2019 11:16:25
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The Vice-President of Mali's Press Centre, Alexis Kalambry, has called for the establishment of a private media support fund to improve the living and working conditions of media staff in the country. Full text...

  • Mali to hold 3rd edition of Mbolon International Festival next March
    29 december 2018 15:51:23
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The third edition of the Mbolon International Festival will be held from 22 to 24 March in Kolondièba, Sikasso region in southern Mali, under the theme "Culture and Local Development". Full text...

  • West African youths meet in Mali for 29th friendship, fraternity week
    27 december 2018 17:47:57
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – Youths from the cities of Kayes (Mali), Selibaby (Mauritania), Tambacounda (Senegal), Basse (Gambia), Gabou (Guinea Bissau) and Boke (Guinea Conakry) are taking part in the 29th edition of the annual Friendship and Fraternity Week (SAFRA) that opened on Thursday in the Malian western city of Kayes. Full text...

  • Second edition of 'Carnival of Tunisia for Universal Music' begins in Tunis
    27 december 2018 16:35:46
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - The second edition of the international cultural event, 'Carnival of Tunisia for Universal Music' for Peace and Fraternity, which will crisscross several cities around the country, is due to open Thursday in Tunis, PANA learned from the event organizers. Full text...

  • Mali PM orders suspension of controversial programme on sex education
    20 december 2018 13:12:57
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Malian Prime Minister Soumeylou Boubèye Maïga on Thursday ordered the suspension of the work on a programme of comprehensive sex education, initiated by the Malian Ministry of Education, after a meeting with leaders of all religious groups. Full text...

  • Tunisia wins first two prizes of Journées Théatrales de Carthage
    17 december 2018 17:51:28
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - The 20th edition of Journées Théatrales de Carthage (JTC) ended on Sunday at the City of Culture of Tunis, marked by the supremacy of the theatre of Tunisia, which won the first two prizes. Full text...

  • Tripoli named Arab Capital of Tourism 2020
    14 december 2018 10:43:29
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Arab Tourism and Culture ministers have selected Tripoli, the Libyan capital, as Arab Capital of Tourism for 2020. Full text...

  • President Sall wants preps for construction of Gorée Memorial in top gear
    13 december 2018 18:58:55
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Senegalese President Macky Sall has directed his administration to finalise the necessary technical and financial studies for the construction of the Gorée Memorial and the International Palace of Arts in Dakar to get underway, according to an official communiqué made available to PANA on Thursday. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire implements plan for restitution of cultural property
    13 december 2018 12:06:23
    Abidjan, Ivory Coast (PANA) - The Ivorian government has begun implementing a plan to identify, promote and return its cultural property abroad, official sources told PANA on Thursday. Full text...

  • US grants Mali $23.9million to promote girls' education
    11 december 2018 14:16:17
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The USAID/Mali GLEE project, "Leadership and empowerment of girls through education", was launched on Monday in Mopti, central Mali, by the Malian Minister of Education, Pr. Abinou Témé, PANA learnt on Tuesday from official sources. Full text...

  • Africa Media granted radio frequency in Congo
    07 december 2018 20:44:56
    Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) - Africa Media, the company currently operating Africa N°1 Paris, has obtained a licence to operate an FM radio station in Brazzaville, the capital of Congo. Full text...

  • African centre for linguistics marks 50th anniversary
    04 december 2018 17:15:16
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) – The Centre for Linguistic and Historical Study by Oral Tradition of the African Union on Tuesday marked its 50th anniversary in Niamey. Full text...

  • Eleven plays selected for 20th edition of Carthage Theatre
    02 december 2018 16:11:41
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Eleven plays have been selected for the 20th edition of the Carthage Theatre scheduled from 8-16 December. Full text...

  • About 200 films expected to be screened at 26th FESPACO
    30 november 2018 12:11:18
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) – About 200 films will be shown at the 26th Pan-African film and television festival of Ouagadougou (FESPACO), from 23 February-2 March 2019, which also marks the 50th anniversary of the festival. Full text...

  • UNESCO lists wrestling, reggae, raiho-shin rituals as global treasures to be preserved
    30 november 2018 04:56:53
    Port-Louis Mauritius (PANA) - From Jamaican reggae to Georgian wrestling and Japanese rituals, the UN cultural agency (UNESCO) added six new elements to its list of "intangible heritage" for the world to treasure on Thursday, further improving the visibility of often little-known and understood arts traditions. Full text...

  • Thirty films to be shown at the 5th edition Tunisia film festival
    27 november 2018 10:49:53
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Thirty films will be shown on 7-9 December in Médenine, southern Tunisia, at the 5th edition of the international film festival. Full text...

  • Experts of Africa and Malagasy Council for Higher Education meet in Brazzaville
    26 november 2018 10:01:03
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - Experts of member states and partner organizations of the Africa and Malagasy Council for Higher Education (CAMES) are meeting in Brazzaville for the the 33rd Symposium of the assessment of diplomas (PRED), and to the 12th sensitization workshop in Quality Assurance, public radio announced on Monday. Full text...

  • Egyptian archaeologists discover new Pharaonic tombs
    25 november 2018 13:16:50
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - Egyptian archaeologists have discovered two new tombs containing two sarcophagi in Luxor, southern Egypt, dating back to the third century BC, the Egyptian minister of Antiquities, Khaled Al-Anani, has announced. Full text...

  • 15th Lomé Int'l Fair begins Friday
    22 november 2018 13:43:37
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - The 15th edition of the Lomé International Fair (FIL) will be held from 23 November to 10 December in Lomé, Togo, and Burkina Faso is said to be the guest of honour, the government in Ouagadougou indicated on Wednesday at the end of its council of ministers' meeting. Full text...

  • 13th edition of Creole International Festival opens in Mauritius
    17 november 2018 19:32:30
    Labourdonnais, Mauritius (PANA) - The 13th edition of the Creole International Film Festival was launched on Friday night at Labourdonnais Castle, Mapou, in northern Mauritius. Full text...

  • EU takes steps to clamp down on illicit trafficking in cultural goods
    07 november 2018 18:59:45
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – European Union (EU) ambassadors on Wednesday agreed the EU Council's position on a draft regulation which will prevent the import and storage in the EU of cultural goods illegally exported from a non-EU country. Full text...

  • 6th Nairobi edition of Human Rights Watch Film Festival opens on Tuesday
    29 october 2018 05:29:02
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – The 6th Nairobi Edition of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival will showcase four films from 30 October until 2 November, 2018, the human rights watchdog said on Monday. Full text...

  • Congo seeks support in education sector
    11 october 2018 11:00:40
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The Congolese Minister of Primary, Secondary Education and Literacy, Anatole Collinet Makosso, on Wednesday appealed for support from the French development agency, Agence Française de Développement (AFD) in the country's education sector. Full text...

  • Congo gov't to enhance the teaching profession
    08 october 2018 11:21:27
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - Congo's Higher Education Minister, Bruno Jean Richard Itoua, said on Saturday in Brazzaville that the government intends, in its education policy, to enhance the teaching profession, public radio announced on Monday. Full text...

  • 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...

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