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  • Trinidadian wins "haïku" poetry contest in Dakar
    12 march 2009 12:30:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Keith Simmonds from Trinidad and Tobago won the first pr ize at the 23rd edition of the "haïku" poetry contest organised yearly in Senega l by the Japan embassy, the organisers said. Full text...

  • African artists invited to chorus festival
    12 march 2009 00:19:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- A number of African artists and artists of African origi ns have been invited to the 21st edition of the chorus festival due in France fr o m 14-28 March, a statement from the organisation committee transmitted to PANA o n Wednesday said . Full text...

  • Paintings stolen from Egyptian museum
    11 march 2009 12:42:00
    Cairo- Egypt (PANA) -- At least nine paintings have been stolen from a 19th centu ry palace and museum, formerly the residency of the ruler and founder of modern Egypt, Mohamed Ali Pasha. Full text...

  • 7th 'Fuuta' initiative on AIDS awareness to kick off
    03 march 2009 07:31:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Musician Abou Thiam on Wednesday begins the 7th edition of his annual caravan called 'Initiative Fuuta' meant raise consciousness on dangers of HIV/AIDS and other activities affecting the people. Full text...

  • France to support African cinema
    26 february 2009 19:40:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The French Secretary of State for Cooperation and Francophony, Alain Joyandet, will this weekend, in Ouagadougou, the Burkinabe capital, present a plan to support the production and distribution of the African cinema, PANA learnt from official sources here. Full text...

  • UNESCO launches Atlas of World's languages in danger
    19 february 2009 18:40:00
    Paris - France (PANA) -- UNESCO Thursday launched the electronic version of the new edition of its Atlas of the World's Languages in Danger of Disappearing, according to reports issued in Paris, France, and made available to PANA. Full text...

  • Africa's largest culture event planned to boost continent's image
    17 february 2009 15:43:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Algeria is to host a Pan-African Culture Conference in Algiers for the first time in 40 years, aimed at giving Africa a new image as the cradle of humankind and showcasing the creativity of some 5,000 original African artistes, Algerian Culture Minister Khalida Toumi said here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Chinese leader visits Dakar's proposed national theatre site
    14 february 2009 16:22:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade and his Chinese counterpart, Hu Jintao here on Saturday visited the proposed site for the big Na t ional Theatre, to be financed by China to the tune of FCFA 20 billion. Full text...

  • UNESCO's Atlas of endangered languages to be unveiled
    09 february 2009 17:18:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Why do languages disappear? Which parts of the world are most affected? and, What can be done to save them? The new edition of UNESCO's Atlas of the World's Languages in Danger of Disappea ring, to be presented to the press at UNESCO Headquarters 19 February, on the eve of t he International Mother Language Day (21 February), aims to answer these questio n s. Full text...

  • Curator of Goree House of Slaves Joseph Ndiaye is dead
    07 february 2009 08:30:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Joseph Ndiaye, former curator of Goree House of Slaves, an island located 5 kilometres from Dakar that was used as the point of converge n ce during the slave trade, died on Friday, aged 87, after a long illness. Full text...

  • 'London River', sole African film at Berlin Festival
    06 february 2009 08:08:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The film 'London River' by the Algerian born Rachid Bouchareb is the sole African film among the 18 being featured at the 59th edition of the Berlin film festival, which opened on Thursday in the German capital. Full text...

  • UNESCO calls for prevservation of British warship wreckage
    05 february 2009 12:40:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- UNESCO has called for measures to preserve the HMS Victor y, a British man-of-war ship, that sank in the English Channel in 1744, followin g its discovery by a commercial deep-sea exploration company. Full text...

  • Internet site launched on 2nd panAfrican Festival of Algiers
    04 february 2009 16:58:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- The Algerian Culture Ministry has launched an Internet site, www. Full text...

  • Saint-Louis international jazz festival planned for May in Senegal
    31 january 2009 15:41:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The 17th edition of the International Jazz Festival of S aint-Louis (Saint-Louis Jazz) has been scheduled for 28-31 May in the northern S e negalese city of Saint-Louis, PANA learnt Saturday from the organizers. Full text...

  • Malian Cheick Modibo Diarra named godfather of FESPACO 2009
    28 january 2009 15:01:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The Malian Astrophysicist and President of the African sec tion of Microsoft, Cheick Modibo Diarra, was named godfather of the 21st edition of the PanAfrican Festival of Cinema and Television of Ouagadougou (FESPACO), du e to be held 28 February to 7 March, 2009, in the Burkinabe capital, PANA learnt f rom authoritative sources. Full text...

  • British Council to launch cultural events
    27 january 2009 23:25:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The British Council will on Wednesday launch the first s ession of cultural events dubbed Words and Pictures (WAPI) in Dakar, a news release issued on Tuesday said. Full text...

  • Pre-FESPACO activities begin in Dakar
    22 january 2009 15:19:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Activities leading to the 21st edition of the Panafrican Cinema and Television Festival of Ouagadougou (FESPACO), scheduled for 28 Febru a ry to 7 March in the Burkinabe capital, began here Thursday, according to a pres s communiqué by the organisers transmitted to PANA. Full text...

  • Senegalese musician pleads for global peace
    22 january 2009 10:17:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegalese musician and roving ambassador for peace in the world Oumar Pene on Thursday made a passionate plea for the restoration of peace in Africa and around the world. Full text...

  • Brussels to host African Literature Show next month
    20 january 2009 22:55:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- A show of written and oral African literature will be he ld from 5 to 7 February in Brussels, Belgium, organisers told PANA on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Voices of Bamako festival begins Wednesday
    20 january 2009 14:17:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The second edition of "the Voices of Bamako" festival open s Wednesday in the Amadou Hampathé Bâ Palace of Culture in the Malian capital. Full text...

  • Seminar on cultural heritage in Africa ends in Dakar
    16 january 2009 16:32:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The two-day seminar on the development of immaterial her itage through cultural industries ended Thursday afternoon in Dakar, Senegal. Full text...

  • Gaza fall-out: Enrico Macias cancels concert in Mauritius
    14 january 2009 15:35:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Algerian-born Jewish singer, Enrico Macias, has c ancelled his concert planned for Mauritius on 23 January, in the wake of the gov e rnment's decision last weekend to suspend relations with Israel, following air s t rikes by the Jewish state on Gaza, Palestine, sources close to local organisers o f the cultural event told PANA Wednesday. Full text...

  • Congo to feature in Algiers cultural festival
    13 january 2009 14:33:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Congolese Minister of Culture and Arts Jean Claude G akosso said Tuesday his country would take part in the second edition of the Alg i ers pan-African cultural festival, slated for 5-20 July 2009 in the Algerian cap i tal. Full text...

  • African cultural institute to open in Senegal
    11 january 2009 13:52:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Institute of higher learning for arts and culture (ISAC) of the University of Sheik Anta Diop in Dakar, Senegal, will officially open at the end of this month, according to Aloyse-Raymond Ndiaye, who is in charge of the institute. Full text...

  • Malian Salif Traoré's film to be shown at UNESCO
    06 january 2009 09:23:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The film "Faro, the Queen of Waters" by Malian director Salif Traoré will be shown on 21 January at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, as part of the festivities marking the opening of the Workd Astronomy Year, according to the UN Agency. Full text...

  • National arts and culture festival begins in Cameroon
    18 december 2008 14:39:00
    Douala- Cameroon (PANA) -- The northern Cameroonian town of Maroua, will host the seventh edition of the country's national arts and culture festival (FENAC) fro m 19 to 23 December. Full text...

  • Dakar hosts 2nd international HandiFestival weekend
    17 december 2008 10:48:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The 2nd edition of the international cultural festival o f the people in situation of handicap (HandiFestival International), will be hel d Friday and Saturday in Dakar, Senegal. Full text...

  • Guinea Bissau hosts Pan Africanism Grand Prix Awards ceremony
    16 december 2008 13:43:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Pan Africanism Grand Prix will be awarded at a cerem ony scheduled for Satruday in Bissau, the capital of Guinea Bissau, award's repr e sentative Moussa Diallo said Monday here. Full text...

  • Nigeria's Nollywood to feature Roots in Gambian president's hometown
    15 december 2008 17:53:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Ejike Asiegbu, President of the Actors Guild of Nigeria, has disclosed that Nollywood, the internationally-renowned Nigerian movie and e n tertainment industry, will cover and feature the biennial Roots International Ho m e-coming festival and the annual Kanilai cultural festival to be hosted by Presi d ent Yahya Jammeh in his home town, Kanilai. Full text...

  • "Desert Festival" holds in Mali January 2009
    15 december 2008 12:28:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The ninth edition of the Mali's annual "Desert Festival" will be held 8-9 January 2009 in Essakane, a desert area located some 65 kms North-west of the northern Malian city of Timbuktu, organisers told PANA on Monday. Full text...

  • Int'l festival on folkore, percussion holds in Senegal
    05 december 2008 18:09:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The eighth edition of the International Festival on Folk lore and Percussion (FESPOP) will take place from 29 December, 2008, to 2 Januar y , 2009, in Louga, about 200 kilometres north of Dakar, the capital of Senegal, r e liable sources told PANA here Friday. Full text...

  • 8th Hip Hop Awards Festival begins on Friday
    04 december 2008 23:54:00
    Senegal (PANA) -- The eighth edition of the international Hip Hop Awards festival will take place from Friday to Saturday in Dakar, Senegal, a communiqué of the e vent's organising committee, "Opimiste Produktions", said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Kenyan film maker wins first prize at gender festival
    28 november 2008 21:47:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) –"The Day I'll Never Forget"-, a Kenyan film made by Kim Lo nginotto, won the first price at the third edition of the Pan African gender fes t ival, which ends in Dakar on 3 December . Full text...

  • Global financial crisis may affect 2010 World Cup visitors
    25 november 2008 11:29:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa may escape the global financial crisis, but it could affect foreigners planning to visit South Africa for the 2010 World Cup, according to Horst Schmidt, FIFA's consultant for the 2010 World Cup. Full text...

  • International book fair holds in Dakar December
    25 november 2008 11:20:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The 11th edition of the Dakar International Book Fair and Teaching Equipment Exhibition will hold in the Senegalese capital 4-9 December. Full text...

  • Nigerian movie stars to perform in Gambia
    24 november 2008 18:28:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- The who-is-who in the Nigerian movie industry will be he aded for Banjul shortly as part of the "FAME" project aimed at promoting the mov i es and entertainment industry in the Gambia. Full text...

  • Congo invited to Algiers Pan African Festival in 2009
    21 november 2008 15:36:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Algeria's Ambassador to Congo, Ahmed Abdessadok, ha s invited Congolese Culture and Arts Minister Jean-Claude Gakosso to the second e dition of the Algiers Pan African Festival to be held from 4 to 20 July 2009, Co n golese state radio announced here Friday. Full text...

  • Frenchman wins UNESCO/Bilbao prize on culture
    19 november 2008 19:14:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, Wednes day decorated Frenchman, Stéphane Hessel, laureate for the UNESCO/Bilbao Prize f o r the Promotion of a Culture of Human Rights, according to a UNESCO statement is s ued here and made available to PANA. Full text...

  • Manu Dibango pays tribute to Makeba
    14 november 2008 12:18:00
    Douala- Cameroon (PANA) -- Cameroonian saxophonist Manu Dibango has paid a glowin g tribute to South African singer Miriam Makaba, who died of heart attack last Sunday in Italy at the age of 76, P ANA reported Friday. Full text...

  • Senegal mourns Miriam Makeba
    12 november 2008 21:52:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegalese culture minister, Mame Birame Diouf, has sent a message of condolence to his South African counterpart, Dr Pallo Gordan, foll o wing last Sunday's death of Miriam Makeba. Full text...

  • Bamako to host Moroccan Fez city festivities
    07 november 2008 16:27:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Malian capital, Bamako, will 11-15 November, host festivit ies commemorating the 1,200th anniversary of Morocco's Fez city, Malian Culture M inistry told PANA. Full text...

  • 26 African countries for Algerian festival
    04 november 2008 09:41:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Twenty six African countries as well as Arab and European countries will feature in the Tin Hinan Festival in Tamanrasset, southern Algeria, 23-24 February 2009, according to Samadat Chikh, chairman of the Ahaggar's Friends Association, organisers of the festival. Full text...

  • Ethiopian film, Teza, wins Carthage cinema festival award
    03 november 2008 20:00:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- The film "Teza" of Ethiopian film director Haile Gerima won the Tanit d'or, supreme consecration of the Carthage Cinematographic Days (J C C), whose 22nd session ended Sunday. Full text...

  • Film directed by Nigerian for screening in Senegal
    30 october 2008 09:35:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The movie "Ezra", directed by Nigerian Newton Aduaka, will be shown at the French Institute Leopold Sédar Senghor in Dakar, Senegal, on 31 October and 5 November, according to a statement issued by the institute and obtained by PANA here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Mali plans festival to honour late Grammy winning musician
    29 october 2008 13:40:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The government of Mali, in collaboration with the Ali Farka Touré Foundation, will organise an international festival in honour of the Grammy-winning Malian music star, Ali Farka Toure, who died in March 2006, organisers said. Full text...

  • Malagasy Rabarijaona satisfied of her presence in the Automn Show
    27 october 2008 23:00:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Malagasy artist and painter, Brigitte Rabarijaona, on Mon day in Paris painted a positive review of her first participation in the Autumn s how which ended on Sunday in the French capital. Full text...

  • Motlanthe salutes South Africa's Hindus
    27 october 2008 22:26:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- President Kgalema Motlanthe on Monday wished al l Hindus in the country and across the globe a happy Diwali and a prosperous New Year. Full text...

  • Africa Hall to be declared historical, cultural museum
    24 october 2008 15:13:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Africa Hall, the place where the first summit of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) took place, is to be preserved as the co n tinent's historical heritage and monument, it was officially announced here Frid a y. Full text...

  • Low entry of sub-Saharan films in Tunisian film festival
    16 october 2008 21:49:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- A total of 18 feature films will compete for honours dur ing the 22nd Cinematographic Edition of the Days of Carthage (JCC), which will t a ke place in Tunis from 25 October to 1 November, sources close to the organizers of said on Thursday. Full text...

  • 5 African cities to host world festival and negro arts
    16 october 2008 19:16:00
    Quebec- Canada (PANA) -- The Senegalese minister of Culture and Francophonie, Mam e Biram Diouf, Thursday announced that the World festival of negro arts (FESMAN) will be held between 1-21 December, 2009, in five African capitals. Full text...

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