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  • 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...

  • BREAKING NEWS: Bulgarian set to become new UNESCO DG
    22 september 2009 18:25:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Irina Gueorguieva Bokova of Bulgaria was Tuesday chosen b y the UNESCO Executive Board as candidate for the post of Director-General. Full text...

  • Nigerian govt. slams film which portrays Nigerians as criminals
    20 september 2009 12:24:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Nigerian government has strongly protested against a film, currently making waves across the world, which casts Nigeria in the most d eplorable image, the Nation newspaper reported here Sunday. Full text...

  • Exhibition highlights African talent
    17 september 2009 07:20:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Government officials, artists, curators, the m edia and supporters of the African contemporary arts industry on Wednesday night attended the launch of The Artists of Africa Exhibition at the Johannesburg Thea t re. Full text...

  • Senegal's Babacar Sine passes away
    15 september 2009 23:39:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The first African Director of the Centre of Studies in Information Sciences and Techniques (CESTI) of the Dakar-based Cheikh Anta Diop University (UCAD in Senegal, Babacar Sine, passed away Monday in Paris, France, at the age of 70. Full text...

  • Togolese becomes UNESCO Artist for Peace
    11 september 2009 17:27:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- Togolese artist Paul Ahyi on Thursday became the newest me mber on the list of UNESCO renowned personalities who use their influence, chari s ma and prestige to help promote the message and programmes of the organisation. Full text...

  • Cape Verde hosts international drama festival
    11 september 2009 08:40:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- The XVth International Drama Festival opened in Minde lo, in the Cape Verdian Island of Sao Vicente, on Thursday with 21 groups from 10 European, South American and African countries participating. Full text...

  • 20-year-old crowned Miss Togo 2009
    30 august 2009 14:12:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Damienne Zinsou-Sessou was Saturday crowned Miss Togo 2009 a t the "Palais des Congres" in Lome, the capital. Full text...

  • Ouagadougou Crafts Fair Organising Committee gets new Chairman
    14 august 2009 15:00:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Mr. Full text...

  • African Fashion festival 2009 scheduled for Niger
    14 august 2009 14:26:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- The seventh edition of the International Festival of Afri can Fashion (FIMA) will be held from 25 October to 1 November in Gouou Kirey, Ni g er, PANA learnt from an official source here. Full text...

  • UNESCO to get new Director General 24 September
    28 july 2009 17:14:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- A new Director-General is to be named for UNESCO on 24 Se ptember, the president of the Executive Council of the organisation, Olabiyi Bab a lola Joseph Yaï of Benin, told PANA here on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Fatwa issued against secular writer in Egypt
    28 july 2009 12:41:00
    Cairo- Egypt (PANA) -- Egypt's Islamic Legislation Authority has issued a fatwa a gainst the country's prominent writer Sayed Kemny, triggering angry reactions fr o m Islamic scholars, activists and rights groups. Full text...

  • Egypt discovers artifacts in museum basement
    24 july 2009 12:49:00
    Cairo- Egypt (PANA) -- A number of artifacts have been uncovered in the basement of the Egyptian museum in downtown Cairo after an archaeological dig earlier thi s week. Full text...

  • Senegalese Prime Minister justifies FESMAN postponement
    23 july 2009 22:34:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegalese Prime Minister Souleymane Ndéné Ndiaye on Thursday justified the postponement to 2011 of the Third World Festiva l of Negro Arts (FESMAN) which had been scheduled to take place next December in Dakar. Full text...

  • Pires hails Cape Verdian site at World Heritage community
    14 july 2009 23:09:00
    Paris- France (PANA) – The recent registration of -the Cape Verdian site "Cidade Velha”, the historical centre of Santiago's Ribeira Grande" on the list of the world heritage site is a comforting element that calls for the relentless continuation of reflections on slavery, Cape Verdian president, Pedro Pires, said Tuesday in Paris. Full text...

  • Tunisian TV to promote culture in the Maghreb
    14 july 2009 18:55:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Tunisian private Television station, Nessma TV, has pled ged to promote culture in the Maghreb region with its new programme schedules. Full text...

  • African comic strip played up at PANAF 2009
    14 july 2009 08:25:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The African Comic Strip is being given a pride of place among activities at the 2nd Pan African Cultural Festival (PANAF) holding in Alg iers, Algeria, the Algerian Press Service (APS) reported. Full text...

  • Senegalese national theatre pays tribute to Patrice Lumumba
    14 july 2009 00:25:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Senegal's national theatre, “Daniel Sorano”, on Sund ay evening staged a brilliant performance ”A season in Congo” at Mahieddine Bach t arzi national theatre in Algiers. Full text...

  • Record crowd at South Africa's premier arts event
    11 july 2009 17:00:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's National Arts Festival, which wr aps up in the Eastern Cape Town of Grahamstown this weekend, has enjoyed record ticket sales and turnout of people. Full text...

  • Algiers hosts workshops on African cinema, theatre
    11 july 2009 08:37:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- A two-day workshop on African cinema and another on thea tre opened Friday in Algiers as part of the second Pan-African Festival (PANAF) h olding in the Algerian capital 5-20 July. Full text...

  • SADR pleads Sahrawi cause at Panaf 2009
    10 july 2009 16:59:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- The Secretary General of the Sahrawi Ministry of Cultu re, Mustapha Mohamed Fadhel, said in Algiers Thursday that the participation of t he Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) at the ongoing Pan-African Cultural F e stival in Algeria was an opportunity to popularise the Sahrawi cause and the cul t ural and artistic heritage of the country. Full text...

  • Africa displays cultural splendour in Panaf
    10 july 2009 09:42:00
    Oran- Algeria(PANA) -- From the small Senegalese village of Thionk Essyl to the S avannah of Zimbabwe and Zambia, Africa has been displaying its rich repertoire o f creative drums, generous dances and cultural splendour across Western Algeria, w hich is hosting the 5-20 July 2009 2nd African Cultural Festival. Full text...

  • More than 20 countries to participate in international dance festival
    09 july 2009 23:36:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- More than 20 countries are expected to participate in the contemporary international dance cultural festival scheduled from 10 to 16 July in Algiers as part of the PanAfrican Cultural Festival (Panaf 2009), the Algeria News Agency (PAS), reported on Thursday. Full text...

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