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  • 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...

  • 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...

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