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  • 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...

  • Moroccan city festival prize named after late Senegalese film-maker
    09 june 2008 17:55:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- The prize of the African film festival in the Moroccan c ity of Khouribga, 173 kilometres from Rabat, has been named after Senegalese fil m -maker Ousmane Semb, a year after his death. Full text...

  • Nigeria votes US$ 500,000 for Black culture centre
    02 june 2008 10:42:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria has eamarked an initial take off grant of US$ 50 0,000, under the Nigeria/UNESCO memorandum of understanding self-benefiting gran t , for the establishment of the Centre for Black Culture and International Unders t anding in Osogbo, Nigeria's South West Osun State. Full text...

  • Jammeh tells Africans to drop "inferiority complex’’
    02 june 2008 08:10:00
    Dakar- Senegal ( PANA) -- Gambia President Yahya Jammeh has urged Africans to hav e faith in themselves and drop their “inferiority complex” resulting from “colon i alism and slavery”, according national broadcaster Gambia Radio and Television S e rvices (GRTS) radio monitored here. Full text...

  • UN report sees 20% rise in Egypt's tourism
    24 may 2008 12:57:00
    Cairo- Egypt (PANA) -- A recent report by the United Nations World Tourism Organi sation has said tourism was rising in Egypt and also that investing in property i n the North African nation "could be good news. Full text...

  • Return of Obelisk of Axoum settles Italo-Ethiopian dispute
    24 may 2008 12:21:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The return of the Obelisk of Axoum in Ethiopia will contr ibute to the settlement of the dispute that existed between Addis Ababa and Rome , the Ambassador of Ethiopia in France, Mrs Tadelech Hail Michael, said in an int e rview with PANA. Full text...

  • Seminar on funding cultural projects begins
    22 may 2008 22:30:00
    Lomé- Togo (PANA) -- Banking executives in member countries of the West African E conomic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) on Thursday began a seminar in Lome to discus s the economic and financial analysis of the risks inherent in cultural undertaki n gs and projects. Full text...

  • Egypt antiques chief welcomes decision to cover mummies
    22 may 2008 20:32:00
    Cairo- Egypt (PANA) – Egypt's chief of antiquities- on Thursday welcomed a Britis h museum's decision to cover its mummies collection. Full text...

  • Obelisk of Axoum returns to Ethiopia 4 June
    22 may 2008 19:31:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The Obelisk of Axoum will be moved back to its original s ite in Ethiopia on 4 June, the Director of UNESCO's world heritage, Francesco Ba n darin, announced here Thursday. Full text...

  • African story tellers for France international festival (corrected)
    22 may 2008 10:10:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Several African story tellers will feature in a three-day International Tale and Words festival opening Thursday in Bobigny, a city in th e Paris region of France, sources close to the organisers told PANA here. Full text...

  • African story tellers for France internationl festival
    22 may 2008 09:19:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Several African story tellers will feature in a three-day International Tale and Words festival opening Thursday in Bobigny, a city in th e Paris region of France, an sources close to the organisers told PANA here. Full text...

  • UNESCO, African community to pay tribute to late Césaire
    21 may 2008 12:24:00
    Dakar- Sénégal (PANA) -- UNESCO and the African cultural community will pay tribute to Martinique poet Aimé Césaire during a ceremony to be held in his honour at the UN Agency's headquarters in Paris on Thursday. Full text...

  • Togolese academic launches book on politicians
    20 may 2008 21:11:00
    Lomé- Togo (PANA) -- Togolese academic, Robert Dussey, on Tuesday outdoored to th e press in Lome his new book, "Africa ill of its politicians", a critique of pol i tical and economic governance, ethnic conflicts, balkanisation of the continent a nd dependence of African countries on their former colonial powers. Full text...

  • African drama competition slated for December in Benin
    18 may 2008 18:51:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The first edition of a drama competition among Francophone African nations will hold 11-14 December in Cotonou, Benin's economic capital, organisers said here Sunday. Full text...

  • Artists erect "The Wall of Nations"
    13 may 2008 20:53:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) – Artists from about 10 Afri-can, European and Asian countr ies have made a wall painting of about 200 metres dubbed "The Wall of Nations" a t the Dakar Arts Village where the 8th Biennial festival of contemporary arts is c urrently taking place. Full text...

  • International Design Show preview in Dakar Saturday
    09 may 2008 16:35:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The preview of an international design show will take place Saturday at the Dakar-based Léopold Sédar Senghor French Institute (IFLSS), a news release issued Thursday said. Full text...

  • "Africa Retorts to Sarkozy" presented at UCAD
    09 may 2008 16:30:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The 475-page book, entitled "Africa Retorts to Sarkozy", signed by 23 African authors, in response to the controversial speech delivered by the French president here last July, was Thursday presented at Dakar-based Cheikh Anta Diop University (UCAD). Full text...

  • Egyptian actors' syndicate threatens Arab artistes
    29 april 2008 21:03:00
    Cairo- Egypt (PANA) -- Arab actors are worried that they may be out of work in Eg ypt after the head of the actors' union Ashraf Zaki said in Cairo that non-Egypt i an actors would be allowed to star in only one film or television serial a year. Full text...

  • DR Congo signs tourism collaboration protocol with Canada
    29 april 2008 08:14:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The National Tourist Board of DR Congo (ONT) has sig ned an agreement with the Canadian Tourist Board aimed at fostering cooperation b etween the two countries in the area of tourism. Full text...

  • Ex-tennis champion turned singer, Noah performs in Port-Louis
    25 april 2008 18:13:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Former French tennis champion, who has switched to music, Yannick Noah, is to perform a concert on Friday evening at Swami Vivekananda International Center, in Pailles, in the Mauritian capital, sources close to the singer's staff told PANA. Full text...

  • 2nd edition of Goree storytelling, words festival opens Friday
    22 april 2008 09:41:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The second edition of the Goree international story-telling and words festival will hold in Senegal from Friday to Sunday, and continue in France 22-25 May, the festival's art director, Ben Zimet, said here Monday. Full text...

  • France pays tribute to Aimé Césaire
    18 april 2008 15:12:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- French President Nicolas Sarkozy Thursday affirmed "the whole France was in grief" over the death in Fort-de-France (Martinique), of Martinique's writer and politician Aimé Césaire, aged 94. Full text...

  • Matsuura pays tribute to Aimé Césaire, says UNESCO has lost a great friend
    17 april 2008 21:06:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), Koïchiro Matsuura, has paid tribu t e to Aimé Césaire, a writer, poet and proponent of Negritude, who died on Thursd a y in Fort-de-France, Martinique, saying UNESCO has lost a great friend. Full text...

  • Martinique's poet and politician, Aimé Césaire, dies at 94
    17 april 2008 15:43:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Martinique's poet and political figure, Aimé Césaire, 94, died Thursday, at the Fort-de- France University Medical Center where he had been admitted for several days for heart problems, French authorities have announced. Full text...

  • UNESCO worried about fire damage to Italy's royal residence
    09 april 2008 18:35:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) – The Director--General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, Wedne sday decried the fire damage to the Castello di Moncalieri, in the Italian Provi n ce of Turin, inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 1997, according to a s t atement from the world body which was made available to PANA here. Full text...

  • Mauritanian International nomad music festival coninues
    09 april 2008 17:05:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- More than 300 artistes from the Maghreb, Sub-Saharan Africa, the Near-east and Europe are featuring in this year's edition of the Mauritanian International nomad music festival which entered its third day here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Nouakchott International Nomad Music Festival kicks off
    08 april 2008 23:32:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- The fourth edition of the International Nomad Mu sic Festival in Nouakchott (FIMNN) opened on Monday in the Ksar Stadium, a commu n e in Nouakchott. Full text...

  • African film week opens in Bamako Friday
    26 march 2008 09:09:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The fifth edition of the national week of the African Film in Bamako (SENAFAB) will open here Friday, organisers told PANA. Full text...

  • Nigeria to host international food fair
    26 march 2008 08:11:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) and some private sector operators have announced plans to organise the country's first international food fair 1-2 March 2008 to project the country's ''culinary culture''. Full text...

  • Egypt threatens to pull out of Swiss exhibition
    20 march 2008 23:17:00
    Cairo- Egypt (PANA) -- Egypt has threatened to withdraw from a Swiss archeological show because of a parallel picture exhibition that the Supreme Council of Antiquities sees as offensive to the public image of Egypt. Full text...

  • Benin to host international artistic festival
    20 march 2008 19:45:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The 7th edition of the festival "Rencontre sur tout terr ain" (REST) aimed at awakening and developing children's artistic spirit kicked o ff Thursday evening in Ouidah, city located in the south-west of Benin. Full text...

  • About 100 African events to mark Francophony Day Thursday
    19 march 2008 15:14:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- More than five hundred events, about one hundred of which are for the sole African continent, has been organised to mark the International Day of the Francophony on Thursday, an official source told the PANA here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Bamako to host artistic caravan
    18 march 2008 23:26:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The Malian capital, Bamako, will host a four-day "Djama Buren Cirque" caravan that brings together artistes from Mali, Burkina Faso and France, organisers told PANA on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Benin to host international drama festival
    15 march 2008 14:15:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin's International Drama Festival (FITHEB) will conve ne its ninth edition 22-30 March in the five districts of the country, organiser s said here Saturday. Full text...

  • "La Force Noire" book exhibition holds in Bamako
    14 march 2008 16:01:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The French military cooperation mission in Mali, will from Monday, hold an exhibition on the book "La Force Noire", written by Eric Deroo a nd Antoine Champeaux, two specialists of colonial military history, the French E m bassy here told PANA Friday. Full text...

  • Miriam Makeba in Kinshasa for four-day visit
    13 march 2008 23:48:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) – South African singer a-nd ambassador of goodwill of t he United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), Miriam Makeba, arrive d in Kinshasa on Wednesday to show support for Congolese women victims of sexual a buse and those affected by HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • Painting on the AU withdrawn from exhibition at Morocco's request
    13 march 2008 22:31:00
    Paris- France (PANA) – A painting of the Malagasy -painter, Brigitte Rabarijaona, representing the 53 member countries of the African Union (AU), including the S a hrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR), was withdrawn on Thursday from an exhibit i on in Paris at the request of Morocco. Full text...

  • Experts to discus return of cultural property
    13 march 2008 15:06:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) – Lawyers, museum profession-als, archaeologists, academics and cultural property experts will meet in Athens, Greece, 17-18 March for an i n ternational conference on the “Return of Cultural Property to its Country of Ori g in”, according to a UNESCO statement, made available to PANA here Thursday. Full text...

  • UNESCO recommends tunnel instead of footbridge in Dresden
    07 march 2008 21:21:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) – A team of experts reviewing -plans to build a bridge in the cultural landscape of the Dresden Elbe Valley in Germany has recommended that t h e plan be abandoned. Full text...

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