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  • 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...

  • FESPACO new boss assumes duties
    02 march 2008 16:50:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- The new director general of the Pan-African F estival of Cinema and Television of Ouagadougou (FESPACO), Michel Ouedraogo, ass u med duties here Friday. Full text...

  • Lome hosts workshop for west African budding writers
    28 february 2008 18:23:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Budding writers and young playwrights from several West Afri can countries are taking part in a writing workshop, to be held here, organised b y the Festival International Des Lucioles Bleues (FILBLEU), sources told PANA. Full text...

  • RSF calls on Cameroonian government to lift ban on Equinoxe TV
    23 february 2008 13:19:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) – The media watchdog, Rep-orters Without Borders (RSF), on Friday asked the Cameroonian government to lift the suspension slapped on a p r ivate television station, Equinoxe TV, for non-payment of an operating fee. Full text...

  • Nouakchott Music Festival to kick off 7 April
    14 february 2008 20:24:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- The fourth edition of the international music fe stival of Nouakchott is due from 7-11 April in the Mauritanian capital, Nouakcho t t, sources close to the organizers announced on Thursday. Full text...

  • Fourth Festival on Niger kicks off Thursday in Mali
    29 january 2008 17:12:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The fourth festival on Niger will be held from Thursday to Sunday in Segou, in the centre of Mali, sources close to the organisers of the a nnual event told PANA. Full text...

  • Tunis hosts Maghreb education workshop
    22 january 2008 09:46:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- A maghreb workshop with the theme "Education for All in Maghreb: reforms, challenges and prospects" began here Monday. Full text...

  • Tunisia launches cultural week in Libya
    17 january 2008 21:02:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Tunisia on Wednesday launched its cultural week celebrations in Libya to boost ties between the two countries in the cultural and tourism sectors. Full text...

  • Bamako forum seeks protection of people's identity
    17 january 2008 15:51:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The International Peoples Committee on the Kadhafi Prize f or Human Rights Wednesday called for the adoption of the universal declaration o f people's rights, to safeguard the foundations of their dignity and preserve the i r cultural identity. Full text...

  • Morocco to participate in Negro Arts Festival
    14 january 2008 19:57:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Morocco is to participate in the international orientation committee meeting of the Third World Festival of Negro Arts (Fesman III) which began in Dakar on Monday, a statement of the Moroccan culture ministry said. Full text...

  • WICS honours ALESCO Director-General
    09 january 2008 22:10:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The World Islamic Call Society (WICS) on Tuesday honoured the Director-General of the Arab Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (ALESCO), Dr Mongi Bousnina, in Tripoli for his contribution to "the radiance of Arab culture and the promotion of cooperation between the two institutions". Full text...

  • Meeting of Commission on encyclopaedia of Arab scientists begins
    08 january 2008 23:11:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The extraordinary meeting of the scientific committee of the Encyclopaedia of Arab and Muslim scientists and scholars began in Tripoli on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Ex-Congolese Prime Minister writes book on Bantu culture
    31 december 2007 13:12:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Former Congolese Prime Minister Bernard Kolelas has pub lished a book on initiatory rites in Bantu society, an ethnic group present in s e veral countries of central Africa. Full text...

  • Oumou Traoré publishes a novel on the condition emigrants' wives
    28 december 2007 13:28:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The condition of the wives of emigrants has inspired Malian writer Cissé Oumou Ahmar Traoré to write "Mamou, wife and mother of emigrant", a novel that "unveils the hidden face of emigration, narrates the struggle of a woman in the absence of her husband and children, who left for greener pastures elsewhere. Full text...

  • Matsuura meets head of World Islamic Call Society
    26 december 2007 23:16:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The Secretary General of the World Islamic Call Society (WICS), Dr Mohamed Ahmed Cherif, on Wednesday had talks in Tripoli with the Secretary General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), Koïchiro Matsuura, with their discussions focusing on consolidating cooperation between the UN organisation and Libya. Full text...

  • Cairo film festival ends with controversy
    07 december 2007 11:10:00
    Cairo- Egypt (PANA) -- The 31st annual Cairo International Film Festival ended Friday after nearly two weeks, during which several films from around the world were shown. Full text...

  • Sierra Leonean painters exhibit works
    05 december 2007 07:57:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- A four-day art exhibition began in Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, Tuesday in a bid to expose the talents of some of the country's finest artists and improve its tourism sector. Full text...

  • Zimbabwean group to perform traditional songs in Paris
    05 december 2007 07:43:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- A Zimbabwean musical group, the Kunzwana Mbira Group, wil l Saturday perform traditional songs associating "music with spirituality of the Mbira", at the Quai Branly museum in Paris, the musuem said in a statement here T uesday. Full text...

  • Ibn Khaldoun, Sedar Senghor prize for translations created
    04 december 2007 15:19:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The International Francophonie Organisation (OIF) and the Arab League for Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organisation (ALECSO) have created a prize for translators of books from French to Arabic and vice versa. Full text...

  • Bamako welcomes Waves of Freedom radio festival
    26 november 2007 23:06:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The 6th edition of the Waves Of Freedom festival to be hel d here 1 to 3 December will bring together over 200 African radio broadcasters, an official source reported here Monday. Full text...

  • Syrian, Indian Professors get Prizes for Arab culture
    24 november 2007 20:24:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The 2007 Sharjah Prizes for Arab Culture have been awarded to university professors Aladine Lolah (of Syria) and Shah Abdus Salam (of India), according to a UNESCO statement released here Saturday. Full text...

  • Ministers vow to preserve Islamic culture
    24 november 2007 18:24:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Ministers of Culture of Islamic countries rose from a two-day meeting here Friday and vowed to strengthen and safeguard the Islamic culture. Full text...

  • Syrian, Indian Professors get Prizes for Arab culture
    24 november 2007 18:22:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The 2007 Sharjah Prizes for Arab Culture have been awarded to university professors Aladine Lolah (of Syria) and Shah Abdus Salam (of India), according to a UNESCO statement released here Saturday. Full text...

  • Senegal to honour Infantrymen with weeklong festival
    21 november 2007 15:43:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) – A weeklong festival dedica-ted to commemorating Senegalese Infantrymen will convene from 26 November to 1st December at the Léopold Sédar Senghor French Institute (IFLSS) in Dakar, the Institute announced in a press release. Full text...

  • Ratify UNESCO Convention on cultural diversity, Diouf tells OIF
    21 november 2007 14:45:00
    Ventiane- Laos (PANA) -- The secretary general of the Francophonie, Abdou Diouf is urging member states of OIF to ratify the UNESCO convention on cultural diversity, which he describes as a "society project that allows peaceful coexistence, thinking together and managing our common destiny in a democratic way". Full text...

  • 5,750 Malian pilgrims set for Mecca
    21 november 2007 12:40:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- A total of 5,750 Malian pilgrims are expected to visit Mecca this year, state radio reported here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Islamic scholars meet in Tripoli to reiterate Islamic mission
    20 november 2007 15:19:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The Director General of the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (ISESCO), Dr Abdelaziz Othman Toueijri, has praised Libyan leader, Moammar Kadhafi for convening the fifth ISESCO conference in Tripoli, dubbed the capital of the Islamic culture. Full text...

  • UNESCO launches appeal to stop illicit trafficking of Iraqi cultural
    17 november 2007 14:57:00
    property Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- The International Coordination Committee for the Safeguarding of Iraqi cultural heritage has appealed to the international community to help stop illicit excavations, pillaging and trafficking of Iraqi cultural property. Full text...

  • Journalists from 7 African nations at world heritage symposium
    12 november 2007 15:30:00
    Luxembourg- Luxembourg (PANA) -- Journalists from seven African countries are participating in the second international symposium on World Heritage which began here Monday, according to a PANA report. Full text...

  • Mbasogo speaks of black Africa's identity
    31 october 2007 12:08:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The President of Equatorial Guinea, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, has stressed the need for African society to assert its cultural identity, according to a UNESCO statement made available to PANA here. Full text...

  • Paraguayan President advocates cultural equality
    30 october 2007 17:58:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Paraguayan President, Nicanor Duarte Frutos, Tuesday advocated equality of cultures and called on international organisations to "heed the voice of developing countries and cultures". Full text...

  • Francophonie push for decriminalising work of media
    25 october 2007 23:00:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The International Francophonie Agency (OIF) is currently studying all legislations of its member countries with a view to proposing a legal framework to decriminalize offences by the media, the delegation of the OIF in Dakar told PANA on Thursday. Full text...

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