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  • 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...

  • Africa to receive 10,000 francophone dictionaries
    15 october 2008 21:57:00
    Québec- Canada (PANA) -- About 10,000 francophone dictionaries will be distribute d free of charge in African countries, Clément Duhaime, Administrator of Francop h onie, announced on Wednesday in Québec at the opening of the ministerial confere n ce of the International Francophonie Organisation (OIF). Full text...

  • Algiers hosts 2nd pan-African cultural festival in 2009
    12 october 2008 19:53:00
    Algiers- Algeria(PANA) -- The Director of Algeria's symphony orchestra, Abdelkade r Bouazzara, said Sunday that the second pan-African cultural festival will take place in Algiers in 2009. Full text...

  • Egyptian film at Paris "Cinéma-vérité" festival
    12 october 2008 18:18:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The film, "Hassan and Morcos" by the Egyptian actor Abdel Imam, sponsored by the Office of the High Commission of the United Nations for R efugees (HCR) will be shown Sunday in Paris, under the framework of the 2nd inte r national meeting of the "Cinéma-vérité" festival. Full text...

  • Nigeria prepares for world arts, culture festival in Senegal
    11 october 2008 16:01:00
    Enugu- Nigeria (PANA) -- Ahead of the third World Black Festival of Arts and Cult ure in Dakar, Senegal, next year, Nigeria has commenced serious preparation for t he event. Full text...

  • Newest literature Nobel prize winner pays tribute to Africa
    10 october 2008 15:26:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The French writer, Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio, winner of the 2008 Nobel prize for Literature, has paid tribute to Africa for its histo r y and cultures. Full text...

  • Abdou Diouf congratulates Nobel laureate
    09 october 2008 23:29:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The Secretary General of the International Francophonie O rganisation (OIF), Abdou Diouf, on Thursday congratulated French writer Jean-Mar i e Gustave Le Clézio, for winning the 2008 Nobel Prize for Literature. Full text...

  • Samora Machel's birthplace declared 'cultural heritage'
    30 september 2008 18:26:00
    Chilembene- Mozambique (PANA) -- The Mozambican government has decided to grant t he town of Chilembene - the birthplace of the country's first president Samora M a chel - in the Southern province of Gaza, the status of a national cultural herit a ge site. Full text...

  • Egyptian cleric's comments spark sectarian worries
    29 september 2008 13:17:00
    Cairo- Egypt (PANA) -- An Egyptian Sunni cleric, Sheikh Yusuf Al Qaradawi, has sparked worries of a rift between Shia and Sunni Muslims in Egypt, after he accused Shia-dominated Iran of neo-colonialism through the spread of 'Shiism'. Full text...

  • Egypt to back culture minister for top UNESCO job
    24 september 2008 11:32:00
    Cairo- Egypt (PANA) -- The Egyptian government has announced that it will put forward current Culture Minister Farouk Hosni for the post of UNESCO Director-General when it becomes vacant next year, the foreign ministry said. Full text...

  • Congolese artist mounts exhibition in Spain
    23 september 2008 23:09:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Congolese artist and painter, Rhdode Bath-Schéba Makoumbo u, will mount an exhibition of his works from 3 October to 15 November in Bilbao, Spain. Full text...

  • African photographers hold exhibition in 3 countries
    23 september 2008 12:24:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Three African photographers Monday in Dakar, Senegal, launched an exhibition that will take them to three countries on the continent. Full text...

  • Obasanjo's library 'to host UNESCO institute'
    23 september 2008 09:06:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- There are indications that UNESCO may have given the gre en light for the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL) to host an instit u te of the UN agency, despite the opposition to the plan by Nigerian Nobel Laurea t e Wole Soyinka, the local Guardian newspaper reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • Another indigenously-shot 'detective' movie filming in Botswana
    22 september 2008 15:49:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) --Entitled "The Number 1 First Lady Detective Agency m ovie", this movie, which is one of the maiden editions to be shot in Botswana, i s being filmed on location near Gaborone, the Botswana capital. Full text...

  • Traditional culinary arts show opens Tuesday in Benin
    19 september 2008 14:59:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The first national show on traditional culinary arts in Benin will be held from 23 to 27 September in Cotonou, sources close to the mini s try of culture, handicrafts and tourism, organisers of the event, revealed Frida y . Full text...

  • Spectacle on late Thomas Sankara presented in Paris
    11 september 2008 15:43:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- A show inspired by the life and the political action of t he former Head of State of Burkina Faso, Thomas Sankara, will be presented Thurs d ay evening in Paris, France. Full text...

  • Africa's 'lingusitic Atlas' in the making
    11 september 2008 11:52:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The preparation of a 'linguistic Atlas' for Africa has begun, according to the African Academy of Languages (ACALAN). Full text...

  • UNESCO to designate Dominican musician 'Artist for Peace'
    10 september 2008 12:59:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura will designate the Dominican musician Juan Luis Guerra UNESCO Artist for Peace during a ceremony on 15 September at the Organization's headquarters in Paris, the agency said in a statement Wednesday. Full text...

  • AfDB to finance education in Mali with 13 billion FCFA
    09 september 2008 20:33:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The African Development Bank (AfDB) will finance Educational Development Programme in Mali (EDP), to the tune of about 13. Full text...

  • AfDB to finance education in Mali with 13 billion FCFA
    09 september 2008 18:21:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The African Development Bank (AfDB) will finance Educational Development Programme in Mali (EDP), to the tune of about 13. Full text...

  • Burkinabe film featured as African week opens in Europe
    08 september 2008 19:17:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- The African Week, organised in the European Parliamen t here, on the occasion of the European Year of the inter-cultural dialogue, was marked Monday with the showing of the Burkinabe film, "Keita, the heritage of th e griot", by scenario writer Dani Kouyaté. Full text...

  • 14th International Drama Festival kicks off in Cape Verde
    05 september 2008 11:33:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- The 14th International Drama Festival of Mindelo in C ape Verde, kicked off Thursday, featuring several foreign delegations, including those from Brazil, Portugal, Angola, Equatorial Guinea, Spain, Netherlands and Italy. Full text...

  • Nigeria to host arts summit, exhibition in Abuja
    04 september 2008 19:51:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria will from 7 September host the first one week of African Regional Summit and Exhibition on Visual Arts (ARESUVA) in the nation?s capital, Abuja, PANA reports Thursday. Full text...

  • DR Congo to help end illegal immigration through culture
    28 august 2008 22:09:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The Congolese Minister of Culture and Arts, Esdras Kambale Bahekwa, pledged on Thursday that the country would help en d the entry of illegal immigrants into Europe through cultural programmes. Full text...

  • Benin to host int'l art, entertainment festival September
    19 august 2008 11:50:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- An international arts and entertainment festival will hold 3-7 September in the Beninese economic capital, Cotonou, organisers said here on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Italian firm to upgrade Brazzaville Cosmos Hotel
    11 august 2008 22:50:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Italian Company Guerrato will invest CFAF 107 millio n to upgrade the Cosmos Hotel in Brazzaville, the Congolese capital, which was d a maged by the 5 June 1997 war, a source close to the Congolese Environment and To u rism ministry said here Monday. Full text...

  • Zambia earns over K2 trillion from tourism
    08 august 2008 16:34:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) – The Zambian government ear-ned over 2. Full text...

  • Ethiopian Obelisk re-installed to original site 71 years after
    01 august 2008 17:59:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The third and last block of the Aksum Obelisk was succes sfully mounted by UNESCO Thursday in its original location in Aksum, northern Et h iopia, the world body said in a statement, received by PANA here Friday. Full text...

  • Regional filmmakers' conference kicks off in Windhoek
    29 july 2008 15:35:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) --The Pan African Federation (FEPACI) of filmmakers will on Thursday host a two-day curriculum symposium to boost training capacities in film making and television programmes production withing the Southern Africa Dev e lopment Commission (SADC). Full text...

  • Egypt raids Iranian TV bureau over controversial film
    25 july 2008 15:28:00
    Cairo- Egypt (PANA) -- Egyptian police raided the Cairo office of an Iranian tele vision network allegedly involved in the making of a controversial film about as s assinated Egyptian President Anwar Sadat. Full text...

  • Egypt says no to book critical of Mubarak
    25 july 2008 15:24:00
    Cairo- Egypt (PANA) - – Egypt has banned a book critical of Egyptian President Hos ni Mubarak's government. Full text...

  • Iranian film raises dust in Egypt
    18 july 2008 12:04:00
    Cairo- Egypt (PANA) -- Egypt's Parliament has issued a strong condemnation of Iran over a film that insults late Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and praised his assassins. Full text...

  • Kenya to honour fallen heroes
    14 july 2008 22:46:00
    Nairobi- KENYA (PANA) -- The Kenyan government will commission a heroes square here to honour Kenyans who have made personal sacrifices for the sake of the country, President Mwai Kibaki said Monday. Full text...

  • World Heritage Committee requests close surveillance of sites
    10 july 2008 16:41:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The World Heritage Committee has called for “reinforced monitoring” of four of its properties on UNESCO’s World Heritage List in additio n to the seven for which the surveillance mechanism is already in place. Full text...

  • UNESCO inscribed 27 new sites on World Heritage list in 2008
    08 july 2008 19:46:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) – The World Heritage Committ-ee, at its 32nd session meetin g on Tuesday, inscribed 19 new cultural sites and eight natural sites to UNESCO’ s World Heritage List. Full text...

  • Congo, DRC writers to bring their peoples closer
    08 july 2008 11:53:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Writers from Congo and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have committed themselves to using literature as a tool to bring their peoples closer, in addition to promoting deeper insights into the literary heritage of the two countries. Full text...

  • Eight new sites added to UNESCO's World Heritage list
    07 july 2008 19:46:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) – The World Heritage Committ-ee, meeting in Quebec, Canada, Monday added eight new cultural sites to UNESCO’s World Heritage List, accordin g to a UNESCO statement received by PANA here. Full text...

  • African music, dance festival kick off Thursday in Lome
    07 july 2008 15:58:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- A music and dance festival for Africans in diaspora, dubbed "Africarythms", will be held here from Thursday to Saturday, organisers of the e v ent, Association "Integraale", said Monday. Full text...

  • AU to pay tribute to the late Aimé Césaire
    01 july 2008 10:40:00
    Sharm El-Sheikh- Egypt (PANA) -- The heads of state and government of the African Union (AU), gathered here for the AU summit, were expected Tuesday to pay tribute to the late Aimé Césaire, a poet and humanist from Martin ique, who died on 17 April last at the age of 94, official sources told PANA. Full text...

  • British children's author partners with UNESCO to help young people in need
    24 june 2008 23:20:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Or ganization (UNESCO) is teaming up with its newly-named Artist for Peace and Brit i sh writer Lauren Child to support children in need around the world. Full text...

  • EU to support ACP film production
    23 june 2008 15:55:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- The European Union (EU) has donated 6. Full text...

  • Veteran Nigerian musician dies, the fourth in 2 months
    22 june 2008 08:05:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Barely two months after Nigeria lost three key music pra ctitioners, another legend, Oliver De Coque, died Friday here, the Punch newspap e r reported Sunday. Full text...

  • Paris hosts exhibition on late Egyptian singer Oum Kalsoum
    17 june 2008 12:00:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- An exhibition on the life and career of famous Egyptian s inger, Oum Kalsoum, opened here Monday. Full text...

  • Kadhafi says Islam not propagated by force
    15 june 2008 09:29:00
    Kara- Togo (PANA) -- The Libyan leader Mouammar Kadhafi said on Saturday that "th e victory" of Islam in Togo and its peaceful propagation showed that the religio n was not spread through the sword and wars as claimed. Full text...

  • Egyptian culture minister willing to visit Israel despite claims
    14 june 2008 14:15:00
    Cairo- Egypt (PANA) – Leading candidate for the UN-ESCO top position, Egyptian Mi nister of Culture, Farouq Hosni, reversed an earlier stance, telling an Israeli n ewspaper that he would indeed travel to the Jewish state if invited. Full text...

  • Spanish couple - Savall, Figueras - named UNESCO's Artists for Peace
    13 june 2008 19:36:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Renowned Spanish viola da gambist, conductor and compose r Jordi Savall and his wife Soprano Montserrat Figueras have been named UNESCO A r tists for Peace, according to a UNESCO statement issued in Paris, France, and ma d e available to PANA here Friday. Full text...

  • South-East Europe cultural summit ends in Greece
    13 june 2008 17:42:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Heads of State of the South-East Europe, meeting in Athe ns, Greece, Friday say they will use their common waterway to foster the cultura l diversity and dialogue among member states. Full text...

  • UNESCO to organise South-East Europe summit
    11 june 2008 15:30:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- UNESCO and the Hellenic Republic, in cooperation with th e Council of Europe, will Friday organise the sixth summit of the Heads of State of South-East Europe in Athens, Greece, according to a UNESCO press communique, i ssued in Paris, France, and made available to PANA here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Senegalese Sembene Ousmane registered in pantheon of men of culture
    10 june 2008 23:05:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegalese writer and filmmaker Sembene Ousmane, who die d a year ago, has been registered in the pantheon of the men of culture. Full text...

  • Woman elected head of Cameroon's Musical Art Corporation
    09 june 2008 19:05:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Musician Odile Ngaska was Sunday elected chairperson of the Board of Directors of Cameroon's Musical Art Corporation (SOCAM) during a n extraordinary meeting of the corporation here. Full text...

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