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  • 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...

  • International book, film Festival opens in Brazzaville
    15 february 2013 12:24:12
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The International book and film festival was launched Thursday in Brazzaville, Congo's capital, with the participation of nearly 100 guests from 23 countries. Full text...

  • Mali cancels festival on the Niger over security concerns
    13 february 2013 14:47:03
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The 2013 edition of the Festival on the Niger, scheduled for 12-17 in Segou, Central Mali, has been cancelled following the war in Mali, organizers announced here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Luanda, EU sign agreement to "recover" Angola's national park
    08 february 2013 16:29:18
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) - Angola and the European Union (EU) Thursday signed a Financing agreement for the conservation of the biodiversity of the Iona Park, Angola's biggest national trans-border natural reserve site. Full text...

  • "Kinshasa Kids" to be screened in Belgium
    04 february 2013 22:43:54
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - "Kinshasa Kids", a feature film produced by Belgian director, Marc Henri Wajnberg, will be screened in Belgian cinema halls from Wednesday. Full text...

  • 23-year-old Nigerian crowned Miss ECOWAS Peace Ambassador
    04 february 2013 14:32:21
    Port Harcourt, Nigeria (PANA) - Miss Hyeladzirra “Zirra” Banu of Nigeria has been crowned Miss ECOWAS Peace Ambassador 2012, after beating 26 other contestants at the pageant held recently in Port Harcourt, capital of the South South Rivers State. Full text...

  • West African actors star in the film, "Miss Diamant", in Togo
    04 february 2013 13:56:07
    Lome, Togo (PANA) - Actors from West Africa are meeting in Togo where they will take part in a series of 150 cinema episodes, entitled "Miss Diamant", PANA learnt from sources close to organizers. Full text...

  • Jill Scott, Cheikh Lo confirmed for South African Int'l Jazz Festival
    30 january 2013 09:56:07
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Grammy award-winning American singer Jill Scott has been confirmed as the headline act at this year's Cape Town International Jazz Festival. Full text...

  • Libya, Egypt sign cultural agreement
    29 january 2013 20:33:58
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Libya and Egypt have signed a draft agreement on cultural cooperation aimed at developing cultural, technical and scientific relations between them. Full text...

  • Comorian singer, Mohamed Hassane, dies
    28 january 2013 15:29:09
    Moroni, Comoros (PANA) – Comorian singer and instrumentalist Mohamed Hassane Mchangama, died here Monday at the age of 81, PANA reports Full text...

  • 'Congo will not take part in 23rd FESPACO in Ouagadougou'
    18 january 2013 12:19:40
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - Congolese films will not be screened at the 23rd edition of the Pan-African Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou (FESPACO), to be held from 23 February to 2 March in the Burkinabe capital, Culture department officials told PANA here but did not give reasons. Full text...

  • UNESCO calls for protection of cultural items in Mali
    15 january 2013 21:41:14
    Paris, France (PANA) – The Director-General of the UN Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), Irina Bokova, has called on Malian and French authorities to avoid exposing to "destruction or deterioration" Malian cultural items as France steps up its air campaign against rebel Islamists occupying several cities in northern Mali. Full text...

  • UNESCO to reopen National Office in Côte d'Ivoire
    10 january 2013 20:53:12
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is to reopen its Office in Côte d'Ivoire and a new agreement signed by the two parties, according to an Ivorian government communiqué. Full text...

  • Festival of Mauritania's ancient cities to be held from 24 to 30 January
    09 january 2013 22:28:26
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – The third edition of the festival of Mauritania’s ancient cities will take place from 24 to 30 January, sources close to the organization told PANA on Wednesday in Nouakchott. Full text...

  • Special peace and security prize to be established at FESPACO
    02 january 2013 22:36:10
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) – The African Union Commission and Burkina Faso have signed a protocol to establish "a Special Peace and Security Prize" at the Pan-African Ouagadougou cinema and television festival (FESPACO), a press release from the Burkina Faso government said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Centenary of writer/politician Aimé Césaire to be celebrated in Dakar
    14 december 2012 11:14:29
    Paris, France (PANA) - Several events are to be held in Dakar, the Senegalese capital, 19-21 March 2013, to mark the centenary of French writer/politician from Martinique Aimé Césaire, PANA learnt from the organisers in Paris, France, Friday. Full text...

  • 3 African elements included on UNESCO's list of intangible Cultural Heritage
    08 december 2012 17:15:26
    Paris, France (PANA) - Three African elements were included in UNESCO's list of Intangible Cultural Heritage, at the end of the Protection Committee’s meeting held 3-7 December, in Paris, France, PANA learnt from here. Full text...

  • Bob Marley's wife, Rita, to be honoured in Malawi
    15 november 2012 17:56:20
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - Legendary Jamaican reggae heroine, Rita Marley, wife of the legend himself, Bob Marley, will be in Malawi from Saturday to receive an African Diaspora honour, PANA exclusively reported. Full text...

  • Angolan film festival to feature 35 films
    14 november 2012 15:58:35
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) - About 35 films, 12 of them produced by Angolans, will be screened at the fifth edition of the Luanda Film Festival, scheduled to take place from 16 to 22 November, the director of the Angolan Institute of Audiovisual Cinema and Multimedia (IACAM), Pedro Ramalhoso, disclosed here Wednesday Full text...

  • Renowned African designers attend BIMOD 228 gala night in Lomé
    11 november 2012 16:39:15
    Lome, Togo (PANA) - A dozen fashion designers and about 40 models from several African countries attended the African beauty and creativity gala night held on Saturday by Fashion Biennale (BIMOD 228) in Lomé, the capital of Togo. Full text...

  • Rwandan female novelist awarded Renaudot Prize
    08 november 2012 21:05:11
    Paris, France (PANA) – Rwandan novelist Scholastique Mukasonga on Wednesday won the prestigious Renaudot Prize for Literature for her novel entitled "Notre-Dame du Nil". Full text...

  • Paris to host exhibition on Nigeria's Benue Valley peoples Nov.
    04 november 2012 16:11:13
    Paris, France (PANA) - An exhibition of the arts of different peoples of the Benue Valley in Nigeria is due to begin 13 Nov. at Quai Branly Museum in Paris, France, PANA learnt Saturday from the organisers. Full text...

  • SADC countries dialogue on culture, heritage
    30 october 2012 16:29:52
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Ten Southern Africa Development Committee (SADC) countries will next week converge in Botswana, to exchange ideas on strengthening cooperation between cultural and heritage institutions, as well as law enforcement agencies. Full text...

  • Kinshasa agog as African musicians usher in Francophonie Summit
    11 october 2012 12:37:40
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - Kinshasa, the DR Congo capital, "vibrated" Wednesday evening to the beat of more than 100 musicians from french-speaking African countries as leaders from the 75-nation Francophonie gather here for their biennial summit on Friday, PANA reports. Full text...

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