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  • Angolan musicians wax song for Haiti earthquake victims
    06 february 2010 19:28:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Angolan musicians have recorded a song, entitled "Muxima love" in Luanda to express solidarity with the Haitian earthquake victims, PANA reported, quoting a news bulletin in the Angolan News Agency (ANGOP) on Saturday . Full text...

  • Bamako to host 2nd Literary Season
    05 february 2010 21:00:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The second edition of the literary season in Mali, which opens next Tuesday at Bamako's palace of culture, will see the participation of writers from eight countries. Full text...

  • Lagos Assembly recommends re-opening of nude clubs
    02 february 2010 09:21:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Lagos State House of Assembly on Monday recommended that nude clubs in the state, shut by the government in 2009, be re-opened, acco r ding to the privately-owned Punch newspaper. Full text...

  • UNESCO calls for ban on trade in Haitian artefacts to prevent pillaging
    29 january 2010 11:46:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- UNESCO is launching a campaign to protect Haitiâ?s movea ble heritage, notably the art collections in the countryâ?s damaged museums, gal leries and churches, to prevent pillaging of their cultural heritage. Full text...

  • 14 to vie for Miss Luanda 2010
    24 january 2010 19:42:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Fourteen candidates will compete for the Miss Luanda 201 0 beauty pageant, to be held during a gala at the Tropical Cinema in Luanda on 2 9 January. Full text...

  • Senegalese musician, Mauritanian partner to build recording studio
    24 january 2010 13:01:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- The Senegalese musician, Demba Dia, popularly ca lled Rock M'balakh, and his Mauritanian partner, Dey Ould Amar, will soon set up a recording studio from where musicians across the continent can record their wo r ks. Full text...

  • Togo pays tribute to Paul Ahyi
    14 january 2010 21:45:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- The Togolese government on Thursday paid tribute to the celebrated painter and visual artist, Paul Ahyi, who died on 4 January. Full text...

  • Libyan writer, Khalifa Tillissi, dies
    14 january 2010 19:08:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The culture and arts world has lost one of its heads, wr iter, novelist and historian, Khalifa Mohamed Tillissi of Libya, who died Wednes d ay afternoon aged 80, PANA reported from here Thursday. Full text...

  • Togolese President pours encomium on late artist
    07 january 2010 19:41:00
    Lomأ©- Togo (PANA) -- Togolese President Faure Gnassingbأ© Thursday paid tribute to the great Togolese visual artist, Paul Ahyi, who died Monday at the age of 80 , PANA reported. Full text...

  • Ghanaâ?s traditional ruler returns home after visiting Nigeria
    05 january 2010 20:50:00
    Abeokuta- Nigeria (PANA) -- Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II of the Ashanti Kingdo m of Ghana has returned home after a four-day royal visit to the ancestral home o f the Yorubas in south-west Nigeria, Ile-Ife and a stop-over visit in Abeokuta, w here the former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo held a reception for him on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Ghanaâ?s traditional ruler returns home after visiting Nigeria
    05 january 2010 20:49:00
    Abeokuta- Nigeria (PANA) -- Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II of the Ashanti Kingdo m of Ghana has returned home after a four-day royal visit to the ancestral home o f the Yorubas in south-west Nigeria, Ile-Ife and a stop-over visit in Abeokuta, w here the former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo held a reception for him on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Egyptian intellectual Jaber Ousfour wins Gaddafi wins Prize for
    04 january 2010 21:08:00
    Literature Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Egyptian intellectual and columnist, Dr Jaber Ousfour, has won the Gaddafi International Prize for Literature, official sources said in Tripoli on Monday. Full text...

  • Artistes demand support for Togo theatre festival
    26 december 2009 12:09:00
    Lomأ©- Togo (PANA) â“ Togo's Fraternity Theatre Fe-stival (FESTHEF) ended on Fri day in Assahoun, about 50 km southeast of Lomأ©, the Togolese capital, with an a p peal by artistes for support for the cultural event. Full text...

  • Senegal hosts int'l Blues of River Festival
    25 december 2009 16:46:00
    Podor- Senegal (PANA) -- The fourth edition of the international Blues of the Riv er Festival ends Saturday in Podor, on the initiative of Senegalese singer, Baab a Maal, a native of the town, located in the northern part of Senegal. Full text...

  • Joint Libyan-Italian team archives archaeological pieces
    24 december 2009 20:20:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- A joint team of Libyan and Italian experts and technicians during the year took stock of some 3,177 archaeological pieces and ranked 4,000 antiquities at the Tripoli-based Al-Saraya Al-Hamra Muse um. Full text...

  • Mali, 2 others to host International puppet festival
    24 december 2009 17:58:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The 12th edition of the international festival of drama a nd puppet will be held February in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger respectively, or g anisers said here Thursday. Full text...

  • Joint Libyan-Italian team archives archaeological pieces
    24 december 2009 01:38:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- A joint team of Libyan and Italian experts and technicians during the year took stock of some 3,177 archaeological pieces and ranked 4,000 antiquities at the Tripoli-based Al-Saraya Al-Hamra Muse um. Full text...

  • Third Celestial Music Festival opens on Friday in Benin
    16 december 2009 22:37:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The third edition of the International Christian Celestial Music Festival starts on Friday in Cotonou, sources close to the organizers reported Wednesday in the Benin economic capital. Full text...

  • Hairdresser wins beauty pageant
    12 december 2009 14:33:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- A 35-year old hairdresser from Abomey in central Benin, Hأ©lأ¨ne Assokpأ©, on Friday won the 2009 Hanan Queen competition meant to prom o te African beauty. Full text...

  • Cameroonian Music festival starts Tuesday
    11 december 2009 14:05:00
    Douala- Cameroon (PANA) -- The fourth edition of the Cameroonian Music Festival ( JCM) will start here Tuesday, an informed source told PANA here Friday. Full text...

  • Benin holds 5th "stoutest lady" contest Friday
    10 december 2009 19:54:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The fifth edition of the contest for the Beninese "stout est lady" will be held Friday at the International Conference Centre of Cotonou, said Ms. Full text...

  • Benin holds 5th "stoutest lady" contest Friday
    10 december 2009 16:40:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The fifth edition of the contest for the Beninese "stout est lady" will be held Friday at the International Conference Centre of Cotonou, said Ms. Full text...

  • Benin's int'l cultural festival begins Saturday
    09 december 2009 14:25:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The seventh edition of Benin's international cultural fe stival begins on Saturday in Abomey, about 141 kilometres away from Cotonou, the capital. Full text...

  • UNESCO to set up high level panel on peace, culture
    08 december 2009 19:04:00
    Cairo- Egypt (PANA) -- The Director General of the United Nations Educational, Cu ltural and Scientific Organisation (UNESCO), Irina Bokova, announced here on Mon d ay the establishment of a high level panel on peace and dialogue among cultures, saying she hoped the panel would bring about tolerance and reconciliation in the world. Full text...

  • 12 African films selected for Dubai film festival
    08 december 2009 12:18:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Twelve African films have been selected for the sixth ed ition of the International Film Festival in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, schedul e d for 9-16 December, organizers announced in a press statement. Full text...

  • 12 African films selected for Dubai film festival
    08 december 2009 10:09:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Twelve African films have been selected for the sixth ed ition of the International Film Festival in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, schedul e d for 9-16 December, organizers announced in a press statement. Full text...

  • Senegalese emerges RFI Discoveries 2009 prize winner
    27 november 2009 08:44:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Senegalese singer Naby has emerged the winner of the RFI Dis coveries prize 2009, after an evening of performance held here Wednesday evening. Full text...

  • 3rd festival of film on human rights begins in Togo
    26 november 2009 14:12:00
    Lomأ©- Togo (PANA) -- The third edition of the international festival of the docu mentary film on human rights began Wednesday in Lomأ©, the Togolese capital, on t he theme: "Transitional justice and perspective". Full text...

  • AU wants cultural calendars of African countries harmonized
    23 november 2009 18:33:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The African Union (AU) has given the African Culture Watc hdog (OCPA) the responsibility to co-ordinate the calendar of cultural events in Africa in a bid to avoid a clash, OCPA executive director, Lupwishi Mbuyamba, to l d PANA here Monday. Full text...

  • Ouagadougou is Africa's best cultural town, says Africa Culture Watchdog
    23 november 2009 15:20:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The Burkinabe capital, Ouagadougou, has been ranked the b est cultural town in Africa, beating Accra, Cape Town and Douala, in that order, according to a report by Africa's Culture Watchdog (OCPA), presented on Monday i n Paris, the French capital. Full text...

  • Libyan fine arts show begin in Tripoli Monday
    22 november 2009 17:14:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The Tripoli "Akakos" gallery in Tripoli will host, start ing from Monday, the annual show of Libyan fine arts, organized by the Libyan Ge n eral Authority for Culture. Full text...

  • Soyinka worried about consequences of financial crisis on African literature
    17 november 2009 21:37:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Nigerian writer Wole Soyinka, 1996 Nobel prize winner for Literature, on Tuesday expressed grave concern about the consequences of the international financial crisis on African literature. Full text...

  • Libya, ISESCO sign MOUs on training
    15 november 2009 08:15:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The General Libyan Authority for Culture and the Islamic Organisation for Education, Sciences and Culture (ISESCO) on Saturday signed two memorandums of understanding (MOUs) in Tripoli relating to editing an d dissemination of books and periodicals, and the creation of a regional centre of traditional arts and trades. Full text...

  • Nigerian photographer Iroha wins photography prize
    13 november 2009 23:50:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Nigerian photographer, Uche Okpa Iroha, has won the Seydou Keأ¯ta Prize, named after a famous Malian photographer, in the 8th edition of t h e African photography meetings of Bamako. Full text...

  • Senegalese singer Maal to defend Africa's cause at Copenhagen summit
    09 november 2009 21:51:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegalese musician Baaba Maal has said he would emphasi se the disastrous effects of global warming on Africa during the world summit o n climate change scheduled for 7-18 December in Copenhagen, Denmark. Full text...

  • Liberia's Star Radio wins Waves of Freedom Festival prize
    06 november 2009 18:39:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Liberian radio station, Star Radio, won the radio contest in French language, dubbed "26 March Prize", as part of the seventh edition of t h e Waves of Freedom Festival, which ended Thursday in the Malian capital, Bamako, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • "Triangle du Balafon" festival starts in Mali Friday
    05 november 2009 18:02:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The sixth edition of the "Triangle du Balafon" festival, w hich will bring together artists and bands of Balafon players from Burkina Faso, Cأ´te d'Ivoire, Guinea, Mali and Angola, will start on Friday in the Malian city of Sikasso, 380 kilometres south of Bamako, the Malian capital, official sources told PANA. Full text...

  • UNESCO mourns popular French anthropologist
    04 november 2009 15:49:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Outgoing UNESCO Director-General, Koأ¯chiro Matsuura, Tue sday expressed his sorrow over the death of eminent French anthropologist, Claud e Levi-Strauss, whom he described as one of the greatest thinkers of the 20th cen t ury. Full text...

  • Niger hosts international festival on African fashion
    27 october 2009 11:56:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- The seventh edition of the International Festival of Afri can Fashion (FIMA) begins Tuesday in Niamey, the Nigerien capital, with a parade of the African ready-to-wear dresses at the Palace of Congresses of Niamey, the m inister of Culture, Arts and Leisure, Promotion of Artistic Entrepreneurship, M. Full text...

  • UNESCO ends 35th general conference
    23 october 2009 19:50:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The 35th session of UNESCOâ?s General Conference ended h ere on Friday marked, among other issues, by the adoption of a new programme and budget for 2010 and 2011, PANA reported, quoting a UNESCO press release. Full text...

  • Bulgarian Irina Bokova confirmed UNESCO chairperson
    17 october 2009 11:53:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The General Conference of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has validated the election of the Bulgarian I r ina Bokova as chairperson of the organisation. Full text...

  • Nine African countries, 22 others join UNESCO Board
    15 october 2009 19:09:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- Nine African countries and 22 other nations have been elec ted into the governing body of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organ i sation (UNESCO). Full text...

  • Mediterranean cultural project ship to dock in Tripoli
    12 october 2009 21:44:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) â" A French ship, â?La Meuse-â?, will dock in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, on Tuesday under the framework of a Mediterranean cultural pr o ject, â?Ulysse 2009â?, that encourages cultural exchange between the two shores of the Mediterranean. Full text...

  • DR Congo pays tribute to late popular musician, Franco
    12 october 2009 16:19:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The Minister of Culture and Arts of the DR Congo, Es dras Kambale, Sunday called on Congolese to to pay a glowing tribute to musician Luambo Makiadi who died 20 years ago. Full text...

  • Jammeh off to UNESCO Conference
    06 october 2009 23:24:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Gambian President Yahya Jammeh leaves Banjul on Tuesday to attend the 35th Session of UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisati o n (UNESCO) General Conference in Paris, according to a press release from the Of f ice of The President. Full text...

  • 12 elements in 8 countries inscribed on UNESCO heritage list
    01 october 2009 19:27:00
    Abu Dhabi- UAE (PANA) -- The Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Her itage, chaired by Awadh Ali Saleh Al Musabi of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), h a s identified 12 elements of intangible cultural heritage, in need of urgent safe g uarding, in eight countries during its current session in Abu Dhabi, PANA report e d. Full text...

  • Libya to host international book show 9-19 Nov.
    26 september 2009 18:41:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The ninth edition of the International Al-Jamahiriya Boo k Show will be held from 9 to 19 November in Tripoli and Benghazi, Libya, with the participation of more than 400 local, Arab and interna tional publishing houses, a communique issued Saturday by the Libyan Authority o f Culture announced. Full text...

  • Brazilian photographer's work to feature at UNESCO Future Lecture
    23 september 2009 14:32:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The work of the award-winning Brazilian photographer, Seb astiأ£o Salgad, particularly his current â?Genesis Projectâ? which is devoted t o the environment, will be the theme of the second UNESCO Future Lecture, to be g iven on 25 September in Paris, the French capital. Full text...

  • UNESCO general conference holds 6-23 October in Paris
    23 september 2009 14:18:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The 35th session of UNESCOâ?s General Conference will be held in Paris, France, from 6 to 23 October, according to a press release from t he UN body on Wednesday. Full text...

  • UNESCO names Irina Gueorguieva Bokova as new DG
    22 september 2009 18:38:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The 58 members of UNESCOâ?s Executive Board on Tuesday n amed Irina Gueorguieva Bokova of Bulgaria candidate for the post of Director-General of the world body, according to a pre ss release received by PANA. Full text...

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