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  • Record crowd at South Africa's premier arts event
    11 july 2009 17:00:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's National Arts Festival, which wr aps up in the Eastern Cape Town of Grahamstown this weekend, has enjoyed record ticket sales and turnout of people. Full text...

  • Algiers hosts workshops on African cinema, theatre
    11 july 2009 08:37:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- A two-day workshop on African cinema and another on thea tre opened Friday in Algiers as part of the second Pan-African Festival (PANAF) h olding in the Algerian capital 5-20 July. Full text...

  • SADR pleads Sahrawi cause at Panaf 2009
    10 july 2009 16:59:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- The Secretary General of the Sahrawi Ministry of Cultu re, Mustapha Mohamed Fadhel, said in Algiers Thursday that the participation of t he Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) at the ongoing Pan-African Cultural F e stival in Algeria was an opportunity to popularise the Sahrawi cause and the cul t ural and artistic heritage of the country. Full text...

  • Africa displays cultural splendour in Panaf
    10 july 2009 09:42:00
    Oran- Algeria(PANA) -- From the small Senegalese village of Thionk Essyl to the S avannah of Zimbabwe and Zambia, Africa has been displaying its rich repertoire o f creative drums, generous dances and cultural splendour across Western Algeria, w hich is hosting the 5-20 July 2009 2nd African Cultural Festival. Full text...

  • More than 20 countries to participate in international dance festival
    09 july 2009 23:36:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- More than 20 countries are expected to participate in the contemporary international dance cultural festival scheduled from 10 to 16 July in Algiers as part of the PanAfrican Cultural Festival (Panaf 2009), the Algeria News Agency (PAS), reported on Thursday. Full text...

  • Algerian towns resonate to African rhythms
    09 july 2009 08:06:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Three Algerian towns– Algiers, Tipsa and Blida -have r esonated to African rhythms and dances at the ongoing Second African Culture Fes t ival (Panaf 2009), the Algerian News Agency (APS) has reported. Full text...

  • Algerian towns resonate to African rhythms
    08 july 2009 23:25:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) - – Three Algerian towns – Algiers, Tipsa and Blida – have resonated to African rhythms and dances at the ongoing Second African Culture Festival (Panaf 2009), the Algerian News Agency (APS) has reported. Full text...

  • African painters, photographers attend Panaf 2009 exhibition
    08 july 2009 17:14:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- African photographers and painters Tuesday put their w ork on display in Algiers, the Algerian capital, as part of the second pan-Afric a n cultural festival (Panaf 2009), PANA reported, quoting the Algerian Press Agen c y (APS). Full text...

  • Algiers International Cinema Festival to become an annual event
    08 july 2009 15:13:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- The Head of the department of Cinema in Algeria, Moura d Aït Oumeziane, announced here on Tuesday that the Algiers International Festiv a l of Cinema, which coincides this year with the second edition of the Panafrican Festival of Culture (Panaf 2009), will now be organized annually. Full text...

  • Algerian town to host Pan-African cultural festival
    07 july 2009 14:41:00
    Blida- Algeria (PANA) -- The Algerian town of Blida, otherwise called "the town o f the roses", will host the second edition of the Pan-African Cultural Festival, reported the Algérian Presse Service (APS). Full text...

  • Mugabe expected in Zambia Tuesday
    06 july 2009 18:51:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe is expected in Living stone, Zambia’s tourist capital city, Tuesday for the Lwiindi traditional ceremo n y of the Toka Leya people. Full text...

  • Expert emphasises African influence in Michael Jackson's music
    02 july 2009 17:45:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The African-American singer, Michael Jackson, who died la st Thursday, owed Africa the liveliness of his dance and his choreography, Victo r Adelaï, trainer in voice and concert organiser, said Thursday in Paris, France. Full text...

  • Mali for Pan African culture festival
    02 july 2009 12:28:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Mali will take part in the 2nd edition of the Pan African culture festival (PANAF) due to start Sunday in Algerian capital city of Algiers , PANA reported. Full text...

  • Former Ghana President Rawlings mourns Michael Jackson
    26 june 2009 23:00:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) – Ghana’s former President Jer-ry John Rawlings on Friday sen t a message of condolence to the family of US pop star Michael Jackson who died i n Los Angeles on Thursday of suspected cardiac arrest, describing him as the “Em p eror of Pop”. Full text...

  • Youssou Ndour laments death of Michael Jackson
    26 june 2009 22:45:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegalese singer Youssou Ndour on Friday expressed regr et at the death of US pop star Michael Jackson, describing it as a great loss fo r the music world. Full text...

  • Cape Verdian “Cidade Velha” placed on global heritage list
    26 june 2009 22:39:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- “Cidade Velha”, site of a former Cape Verde city, was on Friday placed on the list of UN Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) global heritage, t he Cape Verdian ambassador to France, José Armante Duarte told PANA. Full text...

  • Senegalese fashion designer honours late model
    24 june 2009 08:43:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegalese fashion designer Oumou Sy on Tuesday in Dakar paid tribute to Senegalese-Guinean top model Katoucha Niane, who died in Paris i n December 2007, praising her commitment to uplifting the living standard of rur a l women. Full text...

  • CEN-SAD calls for protection of African arts
    17 june 2009 21:52:00
    N'djamena- Chad (PANA) -- The general secretary of the Sahelo-Saharan countries ( CEN-SAD), Dr Mamat El Madani El Azhari, on Wednesday urged member states of the organization to protect and promote the works of arts in Africa. Full text...

  • Excision, a scourge in Matam, says Senegalese designer
    17 june 2009 20:52:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- "Excision is a real phenomenon and even a real scourge w hich is causing ravages in the region of Matam," Senegalese designer, Assane Fal l , declared Wednesday. Full text...

  • Cape Verde wants ancient city on UNESCO world heritage's list
    17 june 2009 12:12:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Cape Verde has said its former capital, Cidade Velha, sho uld be included in UNESCO's world heritage list without delay because it meets a l l requirements for inclusion on the list. Full text...

  • Four Africans in race for UNESCO chairmanship
    09 june 2009 21:42:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Four Africans are running for the chairmanship of the Uni ted Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), official sources in Paris said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Euro-African cinema festival ends in N'Djamena
    07 june 2009 13:43:00
    N'Djaména- Chad (PANA) -- The third edition of the Euro-African festival cinema e nded here on Saturday, befittingly with a cartoon show titled "Arthur et les min i moys" by Luc Besson. Full text...

  • Festival of Afro-Arab theatre ends on Saturday
    30 may 2009 17:18:00
    N'Djamena- Chad (PANA) -- The fourth edition of the Festival of Afro-Arab Theatre is due to end in N’Djamena on Saturday with a concert. Full text...

  • Togolese female singer hails improvement of African women
    27 may 2009 23:29:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Togolese female singer Afiwavi Mawulana Missohou, alias Afia Mala, on Tuesday expressed satisfaction about the improvement of the situation of African women, stressing the importance of their social role. Full text...

  • African museum for peace to be built in Chad
    27 may 2009 14:33:00
    N'Djaména- Chad (PANA) -- The African Union (AU) and the Chadian government will create the first African museum for peace, human rights and non-violence here, H e ad of the Culture and Sports Section of the AU, Daraïtivo Ralaïbo, said at a pre s s conference held in the Chadian capital city. Full text...

  • Family marks first anniversary of top model's death in Guinea
    23 may 2009 11:17:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The first anniversary of the death of the Senegalese-Gui nean top model Katoucha Niane will be commemorated next weekend in Conakry, Guin e a, Djibril Tamsir Niane, father of the deceased, who is an historian and a write r , told PANA Friday. Full text...

  • UNESCO marks Africa Week from 25 to 29 May
    18 may 2009 19:50:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- “Africa Within its Cultural and Sports Dynamics” is the t heme this year for Africa Week, organised at UNESCO headquarters from 25 to 29 M a y, PANA reports, quoting a news release from the UNESCO headquarters. Full text...

  • Poems published in tribute to African heroes
    14 may 2009 15:15:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- A collection of poems, entitled “L'éloge de lévidence”, h as just been published in Paris, France, as a tribute to the great figures of th e contemporary history of Africa, including the Congolese Patrice Lumumba, the Bu r kina Faso leader Thomas Sankara and the Senegalese Mamadou Dia. Full text...

  • Anyaoku calls for preservation of W/Africa's heritage
    13 may 2009 22:37:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- Former Commonwealth Secretary-General, Chief Emeka Anyaoku , on Tuesday called on Ford Foundation to support the restoration and preservati o n of West African cultural heritage. Full text...

  • Egypt announces ancient 'fishing tackle' discovery
    13 may 2009 09:40:00
    Cairo- Egypt (PANA) -- Egypt’s culture ministry on Tuesday evening announced the discovery of prehistoric fishing tackle, sewing equipment and jewelry made from a nimal bones near the Fayoum Oasis south of Cairo. Full text...

  • Nigeria rivals India in film, video production - UNESCO
    05 may 2009 14:23:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- India remains the world’s leading film producer but Niger ia is closing the gap after overtaking the US for second place, according to a g l obal cinema survey conducted by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS). Full text...

  • UK’s Myers Museum returns 454 ancient Egyptian artifacts
    03 may 2009 07:36:00
    Cairo- Egypt (PANA) - – The Myers Museum in the United Kingdom has returned 454 an cient Egyptian artifacts, including Pharaohnic pottery and bronze coins, to Egyp t , the country’s top archaeologist Zahi Hawass said on Saturday. Full text...

  • UNESCO opens doors for European Night of Museums
    29 april 2009 16:51:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- For the first time, UNESCO will participate this year in the European Night of Museums and open its doors to the public on 16 May. Full text...

  • Theatre and laughter festival opens on Thursday
    27 april 2009 23:43:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The seventh edition of the theatre and laughter festival (Fest'rire) opens in the central Senegalese town of Kaolack on Thursday, a stat e ment from the Comic Actors' Association of the Senegalese Theatre (ARCOTS), orga n izers of the event, said. Full text...

  • Animated film festival opens in Chad
    27 april 2009 19:02:00
    N'Djamena- Chad (PANA) -- Baba Moussa House of Culture (MCBM) of N'Djamena on Mon day began its animated film festival, PANA learnt here. Full text...

  • 180 African masks exhibited in Belgium
    24 april 2009 09:55:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- At least 180 African masks and other contemporary works of African artists will be exhibited 24 April 2009 to 3 Jan. Full text...

  • Senegalese, Guinea-Bissau artists to participate in Europ'art09 exhibition
    18 april 2009 11:16:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegalese and Guinea-Bissau artists will participate in Europ'art09, Geneva's International Art Exhibition, due to open on 22 April, ac c ording to a press release received by PANA on Friday. Full text...

  • Bamako to host international peace festival
    16 april 2009 17:15:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Mali's capital, Bamako, will host from 20 to 22 April, an international peace festival on the initiative of the Universal Peace Federation (FPU), government sources told PANA. Full text...

  • Israeli conductor Daniel Barenboim plays in Cairo
    16 april 2009 16:54:00
    Cairo- Egypt (PANA) -- In a controversial visit to Egypt, Israeli-Argentinean mus ician Daniel Barenboim conducted his second concert on Thursday at the Cairo Ope r a House. Full text...

  • Exhibition on Timbuktu manuscripts launched in Bamako
    15 april 2009 19:25:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Malian Minister of Culture Mohamed El Moctar on Wednesday at the National Museum of Mali, launched a month-long exhibition on the manuscri p ts of Timbuktu, a city in the northern part of Mali, over 900 km from the capita l , Bamako, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Association formed to defend African history
    09 april 2009 12:54:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- An association for the defence of Africa's history, tagged "Association Memoire Afrique", has been established here at the initiative of M a li's former First Lady and historian, Adama Ba Konare, the Association said in a statement made available to PANA here Thursday. Full text...

  • Israeli musical conductor's visit to Cairo stirs controversy
    08 april 2009 18:37:00
    Cairo- Egypt (PANA) – Israeli musical conductor, D-aniel Barenboim, has confirmed his participation in a show fixed for 16 April in Egypt despite opposition from a number of intellectuals and activists to Israelis performing in Egypt. Full text...

  • Senegal prepares for FESMAN III
    08 april 2009 00:09:00
    Dakar- Sénégal (PANA) --Senegal will from next week enter the practical stage in the preparation for the Third World Festival for Negro Arts (FESMAN III) expecte d to take place from 1-14 December in the Senegalese capital, Dakar, Abdoulaye Ra c ine Senghor, permanent secretary to the festival's national commission, said on T uesday. Full text...

  • Int'l conference on culture, development ends in Brussels
    04 april 2009 09:30:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- Representatives from Africa, the Caribbean and the Pa cific (ACP) as well as Europe rose from their two-day international conference o n culture and development in Brussels, the capital of Belgium, on Friday with a c a ll on the international community to give Culture a priority place in their nati o nal programmes. Full text...

  • Chadian govt budgets 7b CFA francs for national museum
    04 april 2009 09:08:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- The Chadian government has made available 7 billion C FA francs for the building, in N'Djamena, the Chadian capital, of a national mus e um and a big library, Djibert Younous, the Chadian Culture Minister, told PANA F r iday in Brussels, at the end of an international conference on culture and devel o pment, attended by a strong Chadian delegation. Full text...

  • Jobless artistes disrupt International Theatre show in Senegal
    28 march 2009 08:28:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegalese artistes, frustrated by their joblessness, Fr iday disrupted the opening ceremony of an International Theatre show in Dakar. Full text...

  • Gorée Island to host festival on slave trade
    26 march 2009 07:39:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The third edition of a festival focusing on slavery and the slave trade will take place from 10-17 May in Gorée, an island located about four kilometres off the Senegalese capital, Dakar, Ben Zimet, the promoter and d rama director of the event told PANA on Wednesday. Full text...

  • 9th "Banlieue Rythme" Festival holds April in Dakar
    25 march 2009 09:13:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The 9th edition of the "Banlieue Rythme" festival will take place 22 April to 3 May in Dakar, Senegal, according to Ousmane Faye, artistic director and organizer of the festival. Full text...

  • Cotonou to host “Francophone Africa theatre” in December
    23 march 2009 10:56:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The second edition of the “Grand Prix d'Afrique du theat re francophone” contest, aimed at boosting the arts in French-speaking countries , will take place 10-12 December in Cotonou, organisers said. Full text...

  • Egypt wants Pharaonic-era coffin returned
    23 march 2009 10:40:00
    Cairo- Egypt (PANA) -- Egypt has demanded the return from the United States of a 3,000-year-old Pharaonic era wood coffin that was intercepted by American customs officials, Egypt’s Supreme Council of A ntiquities (SCA) said on Sunday. Full text...

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