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  • Niger River Festival scheduled for 4-9 February, 2014
    23 december 2013 17:39:19
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – The 10th edition of the Niger River Festival is due to be held from 4 to 9 February, 2014, in Segou, 240 kms from Bamako, the capital, PANA learnt here Sunday from organizers. Full text...

  • How Madiba influenced the arts
    15 december 2013 09:09:08
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - There could hardly be any other contemporary icon from the arts to politics that every author, sculptor, film producer or musician wants to do something about than Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, who died aged 95 on 5 Dec. in the leafy Houghton suburb of Johannesburg. Full text...

  • Remains of late Congolese singer for repatriation from Brussels Saturday
    05 december 2013 12:36:57
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The body of the Congolese world-renowned singer Rochereau Tabu Ley will be repatriated to the Democratic Republic of Congo Saturday, according to the funeral programme issued by his family in Brussels. Full text...

  • 8th International Creole Festival opens in Mauritius
    01 december 2013 14:24:29
    Grand Baie, Mauritius (PANA) - The 8th International Creole Festival opened Saturday at the international conference centre, Grand Baie, northern Mauritius, with Prime Minister Navin Ramgoolam saying education is the key to success and an answer to exclusion. Full text...

  • UN report: Creative economies boost growth, social, cultural development
    14 november 2013 20:18:40
    New York, US (PANA) – A UN report says in addition to economic benefits, the creative economy, which includes audiovisual products, design, new media, performing arts, publishing and visual arts, also contributes significantly to inclusive social development, dialogue and understanding between people. Full text...

  • Qualifying tests for foreign studies suspended in Nigeria
    10 november 2013 10:48:27
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Two key tests for admission into some foreign universities have been suspended indefinitely in Nigeria by the administrators of the tests due to ''security concerns'', PANA reported Sunday Full text...

  • Unveiling Malawi’s child literary prodigy; writing her way to the future (By Raphael Tenthani, PANA Correspondent)
    02 november 2013 13:32:53
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - She’s is only 19 but she has just published a book. OK, several years ago Nigerian magical realist writer Ben Okri wrote his first book at 17 but what made Malawian Priscilla Takondwa Semphere delve into serious literature is instructive of how serious is her crusade to a literary future. Full text...

  • UNESCO approves emergency funds to evaluate Mali’s intangible heritage
    28 october 2013 22:16:33
    New York, US (PANA) – New York, US (PANA) – A UN committee has approved an emergency assistance package of US$307,307 for a two-year project to evaluate the state of intangible heritage throughout Mali, beginning with the northern regions that suffered the most from recent armed conflict and occupation. Full text...

  • Togolese filmmaker Blaise Kilizou Abalo dies
    24 october 2013 11:58:13
    Lome, Togo (PANA) - Togolese filmmaker Blaise Abalo Kilizou has died at the age of 66 years, PANA learned from official sources on Wednesday in Lome. Full text...

  • Brazzaville is first African city to be designated UNESCO Creative Centre
    22 october 2013 07:14:28
    New York, US (PANA) - Brazzaville, the capital and largest city of the Republic of Congo, has become the first city to be designed by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) as a member of its network of "creative hubs" promoting socio-economic and cultural development worldwide through creative industries. Full text...

  • UNESCO chief deplores damage to Timbuktu mosque
    30 september 2013 16:07:36
    New York, US (PANA) – The UNESCO Director-General, Ms. Irina Bokova, has deplored the suicide attack that took place on Saturday in Timbuktu, Mali, which led to the killing of two persons and injury to several others as well as caused substantial damage to a mosque Full text...

  • UNICEF to back Congo’s efforts in schooling the poor
    25 september 2013 12:58:11
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The new representative of UNICEF for western and central Africa, Mr. Manuel Fontaine, has reaffirmed the UN agency’s determination to support Congo’s efforts to provide education for its poor. Full text...

  • UNESCO mission confirms Egypt’s Mallawi museum ransacked
    18 september 2013 22:58:56
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has confirmed that nearly all the collections of the Mallawi National Museum in Minya, Upper Egypt, have been looted following the August unrest in the North African country. Full text...

  • Brazil, Congo sign pact on scientific, educational cooperation
    16 september 2013 10:51:46
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - A Congolese university and its Brazilian counterpart have signed an agreement aimed at fostering scientific and educational cooperation between the two institutions, PANA reported from here Monday. Full text...

  • 19-year-old student wins Miss Togo 2013
    01 september 2013 16:56:23
    Lome, Togo (PANA) – Nineteen-year-old Emefa Edwige Segbe, a first-year student in Communications, was Saturday crowned Miss Togo for the year 2013, PANA reported here. Full text...

  • Malian artist Salif Kéïta cancels Jerusalem concert
    27 august 2013 22:11:54
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – Malian musician Salif Kéïta has cancelled his participation in a concert on Friday in Jerusalem, Israel, following threats from a pro-Palestinian group advocating the boycott of Israel, Malian private newspaper “Le Républicain’’ reported on Tuesday. Full text...

  • UNESCO urges more efforts to raise awareness about history of slave trade
    23 august 2013 17:14:08
    New York, US (PANA) - Marking the anniversary of the first successful slave uprising jn the Western hemisphere, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) said on Friday that telling the story of the slave trade was a crucial way to pay tribute to the freedom fighters and honour their contributions to the affirmation of human rights. Full text...

  • UNESCO chief deplores damage to cultural heritage sites in Egypt
    19 august 2013 22:37:49
    New York, US (PANA) – The Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), Ms. Irina Bokova on Monday expressed grave concern for Egypt’s cultural heritage following reports that a national museum in the city of Minya had been looted and that several monuments of religious importance in Fayoum and the capital, Cairo, had been destroyed. Full text...

  • Eid-El-Fitri: Jonathan reaffirms commitment to national transformation
    07 august 2013 19:30:48
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - President Goodluck Jonathan has assured Nigerians that his administration would continue to work tirelessly to build on the firm foundations for sustainable national development which it has already established in key areas such as public infrastructure, power supply, roads, transportation, aviation, agriculture, education, healthcare, youth employment and electoral reform. Full text...

  • Japan donates 342 tons of food to Congo for pry school pupils
    25 july 2013 12:49:57
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - Japan has donated 342 tons of food to Congo to feed primary school pupils in the Plateaux (centre), Cuvette (north), as well as Pool and Lékoumou (south) regions, the Ministry of Primary, Secondary and Literacy announced in a statement here Thursday. Full text...

  • Rwandan voted beauty queen of 2013 music festival
    18 july 2013 13:03:22
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda’s Aurole Mutesi Kayibanda has been voted the beauty queen of the ongoing Pan African Music Festival (FESPAM) in the Congolese capital, Brazzaville. Full text...

  • UNESCO to help train 3,000 teachers in Congo
    15 july 2013 16:28:32
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - UNESCO Executive Director Irina Bokova has launched a project aimed at training 3,000 teachers in Congo to mitigate the staff shortage in the country's education sector. Full text...

  • UNESCO pledges support for African artists
    14 july 2013 14:48:34
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - UNESCO’s Director General Irina Bokova on Saturday in Brazzaville reaffirmed her organisation's willingness to support African artists. Full text...

  • Programme to improve teaching of French language for launch in Congo
    12 july 2013 13:32:12
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - France will launch in Congo, in September, a programme dubbed ''100,000 teachers for Africa'', aimed at improving the teaching of the French language on the continent, according French Minister in charge of Francophonie Yamina Benguigui. Full text...

  • UNESCO trains 35 Libyans in archaeological conservation
    12 july 2013 12:56:59
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Thirty-five Libyans have been trained in archaeological conservation by the UNESCO office in Tripoli, according to Director of Archaeology Tawfik Nanel. Full text...

  • EU approves 19.6-million-euro loan for educational development in Tunisia
    08 july 2013 15:21:42
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The European Union (EU) will grant a loan of 19.6 million euros to Tunisia to enable the North African country enhance its educational programmes, PANA learnt from a communiqué issued Monday by the European bloc. Full text...

  • UN expert says inter-religious cooperation vital for rebuilding Sierra Leone
    06 july 2013 06:58:28
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, Mr. Heiner Bielefeldt, has said that Sierra Leone's religious communities have a crucial role to play in helping to overcome the legacy of war. Full text...

  • American pop star, Christina Aguilera, on humanitarian visit to Rwanda
    27 june 2013 14:01:59
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Music star Christina Aguilera is in Rwanda for a two-day humanitarian visit during which she is billed to tour various Congolese refugee camps before launching several charity projects, PANA learnt here Thursday from official sources. Full text...

  • Belgium grants Burundi US$ 52m for "education for all" policy
    19 june 2013 16:35:01
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - Belgium will grant US$ 52.9 million to Burundi to support Bujumbura's new national policy on universal access to free and compulsory primary education, according to a financing agreement signed here Tuesday. Full text...

  • UNESCO says damage to Timbuktu’s cultural heritage "extensive"
    07 june 2013 21:45:18
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on Friday said that damage to Timbuktu’s cultural heritage due to fighting between Malian government forces and Tuareg rebels was more extensive than first estimated. Full text...

  • Mandela exhibitions holding in Paris, Washington, DC
    05 june 2013 08:46:26
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Two major exhibitions celebrating the life of former South African President Nelson Mandela are currently being staged in Paris, France, and Washington, DC, US. Full text...

  • Tunisia gets 10m euro EU aid to fund scholarships
    21 may 2013 13:06:09
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - Tunisia is to receive 10 million Euros in financial support from the European Union (EU), as part of the programme created by the European bloc to grant scholarships to non-European and European students and researchers. Full text...

  • ECOWAS calls for protection of copyright in sub-region
    15 may 2013 20:51:02
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - An official of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has called for the protection of copyright of citizens in the creative industry noting that their works are so far not adequately protected. Full text...

  • Exhibition on Pan Africanism opens in Addis Ababa
    14 may 2013 12:37:24
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - An African Aesthetic exhibition opened Tuesday in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, as one of the African Union’s signature events to express the spirit of Pan Africanism and African Renaissance, the theme of the continental organisation’s 50th anniversary celebrations. Full text...

  • Malian heads African Film makers' Federation
    08 may 2013 14:34:27
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The Malian movie director, Cheick Oumar Sissoko, has been elected Secretary-General of the Federation of African Film makers (FEPACI), PANA reported here Monday, quoting official sources. Full text...

  • Elima int'l fashion festival to be hosted in Lome 2-5 May
    25 april 2013 16:04:14
    Lome, Togo (PANA) – The Togolese capital, Lome, will 2-5 May host the third edition of the international fashion festival, dubbed Elima, sources close to organizers told PANA here Thursday. Full text...

  • Mali's Soninké-Djennenke statue gains prominence at Abu Dhabi exhibition
    24 april 2013 13:27:36
    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (PANA) - A Soninké-Djennenke statue from the Bandiagara region in Mali has found a prominent stand in the arts collections at the Louvre Abu Dhabi Museum, which is currently exhibiting its wares, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • UNESCO launches book on Slave Trade
    18 april 2013 17:37:43
    Paris, France (PANA) – UNESCO on Thursday launched a book titled "Transatlantic Slave Trade and Slavery: New orientations for teaching and learning", PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Togo to temporarily close schools
    15 april 2013 11:19:04
    Lome, Togo (PANA) - The Togolese government has announced the temporary closure of schools starting from Monday (15 April) due to the student protests that started last week. Full text...

  • UNESCO, CERDOTOLA sign agreement to promote African culture
    13 april 2013 19:02:29
    Paris, France (PANA) – UNESCO and the International Centre for Research and Documentation on African Traditions and Languages (CERDOTOLA) Friday signed an agreement under which they will pool their resources together with a view to preserving and promoting African cultural heritage and languages. Full text...

  • Bamako hosts sub-regional workshop on stolen cultural goods
    09 april 2013 18:14:07
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – A sub-regional workshop aimed at strengthening capacities to fight illegal trafficking in cultural goods in Mali opened Monday in Bamako, the capital, sources told PANA. Full text...

  • Magnificent National Arts Theatre, Lagos, to become 5-star hotel
    03 april 2013 07:42:37
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The National Arts Theatre, a key landmark in Nigeria's commercial city of Lagos, is set to assume a new status if the Federal Government carries out its plan to turn it into a hotel, according to local media reports. Full text...

  • 'UNESCO searching for 7,500 cultural objects stolen in Libya'
    29 march 2013 22:37:12
    Paris, France (PANA) – The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is actively searching for about 7,500 cultural objects estimated at several million dollars stolen from a bank in Benghazi, Libya’s second city, during the Libyan revolution, the UN agency told PANA on Friday. Full text...

  • Luanda to host forum to establish culture of peace in Africa
    25 march 2013 22:28:25
    Paris, France (PANA) – UNESCO and the Angolan government will from Tuesday begin a three-day forum in the Angolan capital, Luanda, to set the basis for a movement to establish a culture of peace in Africa. Full text...

  • Senegalese cultural diversity tour begins Friday in Ziguinchor
    14 march 2013 15:32:29
    Ziguinchor, Senegal (PANA) – Ziguinchor, the main city in southern Senegal, will host a cultural diversity tour 15-17 March at which the various rich cultures of the Senegalese people will be on display. Full text...

  • SA romantic comedy wins US award
    06 march 2013 09:09:55
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Just days after Cape Town documentary, “Searching for Sugarman”, won an Oscar, the South African romantic comedy, “Fanie Fourie's Lobola”, has won the Audience Choice Award for Best Comedy at the 19th Annual Sedona International Film Festival in Arizona, US. Full text...

  • Cuba to participate in Brazzaville Pan-African music festival
    28 february 2013 22:25:45
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – The Cuban ambassador in Congo, Mrs Alba Beatriz Solo Pimental, on Thursday said Brazzaville that Cuban artistes would participate in the 9th edition of the Pan-African music festival (FESPAM) to be held from 13 to 20 July in the Congolese capital. Full text...

  • Int'l forum on Fulani culture scheduled for January 2014 in Mali
    28 february 2013 16:26:16
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – An international forum at which participants will exchange views and share experiences on the Fulani culture will be held in January 2014 in Mopti, 670 kilometres away from the Bamako, Mali, PANA learnt from organziers who attended a preparatory meeting just ended in Mopti. Full text...

  • South African film wins an Oscar
    25 february 2013 07:49:19
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - A Cape Town documentary, "Searching for Sugar Man”, won the best documentary feature Oscar on Sunday night. Full text...

  • 8th Pan African Festival of Dance opens Saturday in Kigali
    22 february 2013 12:49:40
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The 8th Pan African Festival of Dance (FESPAD) will open Saturday in Kigali, the Rwandan capital, with the participation of artists from 11 African countries, the festival coordinator said Friday. Full text...

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