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  • Angolan designer "steals" show at Lusaka fashion parade
    11 october 2012 11:57:08
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Exhibiting fabrics made of a mixture of "Samacaca, silk, velvet, Full text...

  • Vancouver hosts UNESCO Conference on Preservation of Digital Heritage
    26 september 2012 15:07:38
    Vancouver, Canada (PANA) - A UNESCO conference on "The Memory of the World in the Digital age: Digitization and Preservation", opened in Vancouver, Canada, Wednesday, bringing together experts and government officials from 110 countries, UNESCO said in a press statement. Full text...

  • China grants Mali FCFA 35b to build 2nd university campus in Bamako
    17 september 2012 15:08:48
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - China will give FCFA 35 billion to Mali to enable the West African nation build a university campus in Kabala, a suburb in south-western Bamako, PANA learnt from official sources. Full text...

  • Burundi to distribute free school items Monday
    15 september 2012 18:45:11
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) – Burundian authorities will Monday distribute school items, worth US$ 2 million, to needy school children across the country as part of the new national policy on education, PANA learnt from an official source here. Full text...

  • Malawi's top musician out of hospital, 'fit as a fiddle'
    12 september 2012 09:04:49
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - Malawi's number one musician Lucius Banda, the self-styled 'soldier of the poor man', is out of hospital in South Africa and he is expected to return home soon, PANA reported. Full text...

  • Group plays down the closure of cinema halls in Africa
    10 september 2012 23:08:08
    Paris, France (PANA) – The president of the African Network of Promoters and Cultural Entrepreneurs (RAPEC), John Dossavi, on Monday played down in Paris the closure of cinema halls in Africa and pleaded for a new policy on cinemas. Full text...

  • City Council of Paris hosts exhibition on Africa's independence
    06 september 2012 22:58:58
    Paris, France (PANA) – An exhibition recounting the history of the independence of 17 former sub-Saharan African Western colonies opens on Friday in the Town Council of the City of Paris, according to a statement from the Council made available to PANA on Thursday. Full text...

  • UNESCO organizes int'l conference on traditional medicine
    06 september 2012 13:40:34
    Paris, France (PANA) - Traditional medicine and its ethical implications, and the principle of non-discrimination and non-stigmatization will be the focus of discussions at the 19th Session of the International Bioethics Committee (IBC) and its Joint Session with the Intergovernmental Bioethics Committee (IGBC), to be held consecutively from 10 to 14 September, at the UNESCO Paris Headquarters in France. Full text...

  • 20-year-old student crowned 2012 Togo Beauty Queen
    02 september 2012 12:03:21
    Lome, Togo (PANA) – A 20-year-old student was on Saturday night crowned "Miss Togo 2012" at the grand finale of the 18th edition held at the Congress Centre in the Togolese capital. Full text...

  • UNESCO calls for immediate halt to destruction of Sufi sites in Libya
    29 august 2012 15:35:43
    Paris, France (PANA) - UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova Tuesday expressed concern over the destruction and desecration of the Sufi shrines and libraries in Zliten, Misrata and Tripoli in Libya, calling on the perpetrators to cease the destruction immediately. Full text...

  • Ivorian singer, A’salfo, to be named UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador
    27 august 2012 16:16:10
    Paris, France (PANA) - A’salfo, the Ivorian lead singer of the group, Magic System, will be named a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador by the UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, at a special nomination ceremony at the Organization’s Paris Headquarters on 6 September. Full text...

  • Literacy programmes from Rwanda, 3 other nations win UNESCO prizes
    22 august 2012 13:23:39
    Paris, France (PANA) - Literacy programmes from Rwanda, Bhutan, Indonesia and Colombia are the winners of UNESCO’s literacy prizes for 2012, the UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, announced here Tuesday. Full text...

  • 23-yr-old student, Fatouma Boubacar Mamane, crowned Miss Benin 2012
    20 august 2012 14:45:00
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) - Twenty-three-year-old student, Fatouma Boubacar Mamane, beat 11 other contestants at the weekend to emerge Miss Benin 2012, PANA reported here. Full text...

  • UNESCO to launch precious coins, medallions on its activities
    06 august 2012 18:17:19
    New York, US (PANA) - UNESCO on Monday announced it will launch a new collection of precious coins and medallions to highlight its activities and achievements. Full text...

  • Angolan wins “Miss Songkran” beauty contest in South Korea
    03 august 2012 14:29:44
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) - Angolan model Tatiana Santos, was Thursday crowned “Miss Songkran Expo 2012” at a beauty contest conducted at the current Yeosu International Fair in South Korea, PANA reported, quoting the Angolan News Agency (ANGOP). Full text...

  • Senegalese philosopher decries destruction of religious shrines in Mali
    20 july 2012 13:12:38
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Senegalese philosopher Souleymane Bachir Diagne has described as a crime the destruction of several religious shrines in the ancient Malian city of Timbuktu by Islamists linked to al-Qaeda. Full text...

  • Senegalese newspaper editor Madior Fall dies
    16 july 2012 20:21:30
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Senegalese journalist Madior Fall, editor of "Sud Quotidien", died in Dakar on Sunday, the private radio Sud FM has announced. Full text...

  • 2 Africans, 1 Mexican win UNESCO-Equatorial Guinea Int'l Prize
    13 july 2012 14:35:40
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Two Africans and a Mexican have won the UNESCO-Equatorial Guinea International Prize for Research in the Life Sciences, says a press statement frm the UN agency which was received here Friday by PANA. Full text...

  • Nigerian city, Port Harcourt, named “World Book Capital 2014”
    11 july 2012 14:58:32
    Paris, France (PANA) - The Nigerian city of Port Harcourt, the capital of the South South Rivers State, was named the World Book Capital for the year 2014 after UNESCO's Selection Committee, composed of representatives from three leading international publishing associations and UNESCO, met on 5 July at the Organization’s Headquarters in Paris, France. Full text...

  • Tripoli hosts Libya’s maiden book fair
    10 july 2012 12:59:34
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Libya's first-ever book fair opened on Monday night in the capital, Tripoli, under the auspices of the Libyan Publishers Association. Full text...

  • UNESCO to designate new biosphere reserves
    06 july 2012 15:32:16
    Paris, France (PANA) – New biosphere reserves will be added to the Man and the Biosphere (MAB) World Network during a UNESCO meeting in Paris, France, next week, the UN body said in a press statement here Friday. Full text...

  • Abidjan to host 1st International contemporary dance and scenography festival
    03 july 2012 22:13:41
    Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) - The first edition of the international contemporary dance and scenography festival dubbed "Afrik Urbanarts" will take place from 5 to 8 July in Abidjan, organizers told PANA on Tuesday. Full text...

  • AU condemns destruction of UNESCO-registered tombs in Mali
    02 july 2012 12:13:50
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) Monday condemned the ongoing destruction of UNESCO-registered World Heritage tombs by radical Islamists in Mali’s ancient city of Timbuktu. Full text...

  • UNESCO DG says destruction of cultural heritage site in Timbuktu must stop
    01 july 2012 08:56:59
    Paris, France (PANA) - UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova, Saturday expressed distress and dismay over the destruction of three sacred tombs that are part of a World Heritage site in Timbuktu, Mali, saying the belligerents must cease the destruction immediately. Full text...

  • Heritage sites in northern Mali placed on UNESCO list of World Heritage in danger
    28 june 2012 13:53:49
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The World Heritage Committee on Thursday accepted the request from the Malian government to place Timbuktu and the Tomb of Askia on UNESCO’s List of World Heritage in Danger, saying that the decision was aimed at raising cooperation and support for the sites threatened by the armed conflict in the region. Full text...

  • French, Mali, Burkinabe, Senegalese comedians for "Just Laugh" festival in Senegal
    27 june 2012 16:19:16
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Comedians from France, Mali and Burkina Faso will showcase their skills at the second edition of the "Just Laugh" festival, scheduled for 5-7 July in St Louis, Northern Senegal, organizers told PANA here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Out-of-school children rising, especially in Africa, says New UNESCO study
    15 june 2012 14:59:41
    Paris, France (PANA) - Progress towards providing access to education for all has stalled, according to new data from UNESCO’s Institute for Statistics (UIS) which shows that 61 million primary-age children were out of school in 2010, the same figure for the year 2008. Full text...

  • Libya to repay 6 million euros debt to Institute of the Arab World
    14 june 2012 21:45:45
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The Libyan government has accepted to pay 6 million euros debt it owes the Institute of the Arab World (IAW) in France, an official source announced on Thursday in Tripoli. Full text...

  • South African painting fetches US$2m
    12 june 2012 09:05:42
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - The magnificent portrait “Arab” by celebrated South African artist Irma Stern sold for R17 million rand (US$2 million) at an auction in Johannesburg on Monday night. Full text...

  • South African movie wins more awards
    29 may 2012 10:39:24
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - The acclaimed South African movie “Man on Ground”, which deals with the xenophobia crisis, has won the Best Ensemble Cast at the Monaco Charity Film Festival. Full text...

  • Bamako, UNESCO move to protect Timbuktu, other heritage sites in northern Mali
    24 may 2012 16:50:00
    Paris, France (PANA) - The Malian Government and UNESCO have defined measures to safeguard World Heritage Properties in the north of Mali, including the fabled city of Timbuktu, following reports of willful damage to mausoleums in the World Heritage site. Full text...

  • UNESCO DG worried about attacks on World Heritage site in Libya
    23 may 2012 15:16:37
    Paris, France (PANA) - The UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, Wednesday called for the protection of Libya’s Old City of Ghadamès, which was inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 1986. Full text...

  • UNESCO monitors damage to heritage in northern Italy following powerful earthquake
    22 may 2012 15:05:30
    Paris, France (PANA) - The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, Tuesday extended her condolences to Italians following the loss of human lives caused by the earthquake that shook northern Italy on Sunday, 20 May. Full text...

  • Angola's cultural performances "illuminate" South Korean trade fair
    14 may 2012 20:33:13
    Yeosu, South Korea (PANA) - A galaxy of attractive cultural performances, carefully packaged by the Angolan delegation, are attracting both local and international participants on a daily basis to the Angolan pavilion at the international trade fair currently ongoing in Yeoso, South Korea. Full text...

  • UNESCO says world's working-age population to increase by 600 million in 2016
    09 may 2012 15:03:11
    Paris, France (PANA) - Over the next decade, the world’s working-age population will increase by an estimated 600 million by 2016, UNESCO said in a press statement here Wednesday, predicting that "Most of the increases will be in the Least Developed Countries." Full text...

  • CPLP member countries celebrate Portuguese Day
    08 may 2012 12:04:17
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Ambassadors of CPLP Countries in Zimbabwe on Monday in Harare celebrated the Day of Portuguese Language and Lusophone Culture. Full text...

  • UNESCO alarmed at growing threats to cultural heritage in Mali
    06 may 2012 18:51:43
    Paris, France (PANA) - UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova has expressed concern following the desecration of the graves of Sidi Mahmoud in Mali by the Ansar Dine group on 4 May, 2012, the UN agency said, quoting local Malian reports. Full text...

  • Study recommended on culture contribution to economy of ECOWAS region
    02 may 2012 09:26:02
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Ad-hoc Committee monitoring the implementation of ECOWAS Regional Culture Development and Integration Programme has recommended that a study on the contributions of culture to the economy of Member States and the region be conducted in the first quarter of 2013. Full text...

  • UNESCO headquarters to host Jazz Day
    26 april 2012 22:11:58
    Paris, France (PANA) - The stage is set at UNESCO's Paris Headquarters for the start on Friday of celebrations for the first International Jazz Day, on 30 April. Full text...

  • Education entrepreneur Sunny Varkey named UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador
    24 april 2012 17:29:15
    Paris, France (PANA) - The UNESCO Director-General, Ms Irina Bokova, will name philanthropist, educator and entrepreneur Sunny Varkey as the world body's Goodwill Ambassador for Education Partnerships on Thursday, 26 April, UNESCO said in a press release issued here Tuesday. Full text...

  • South African movie in line for Africa's top award
    20 april 2012 10:27:05
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - The South African film “Otelo Burning”, which tells the story of three young township boys who escape their lives by discovering the joys of surfing, is one of the nominations for this weekend’s 2012 Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA). Full text...

  • American musicians in Tanzania for Annual Dar Jazz Event
    20 april 2012 10:18:16
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Promoting cultural exchanges among nations is essential to strengthening partnerships, American jazz musician Bobby Rickets said here Friday as he and his group began a four-day Annual Dar Jazz event that includes workshops for local artistes and performances. Full text...

  • Researchers fail to find remains of last Burundi king
    11 april 2012 21:37:11
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) – Belgian genetic scientists on Tuesday left Burundi without locating the grave of the last king of Burundi, Ntare V Charles Ndizeye, who was killed in mysterious circumstances in April 1972 and buried hurriedly at an unknown site, official sources told PANA in Bujumbura. Full text...

  • US dance group to tour 3 African nations
    11 april 2012 09:37:48
    New York, US (PANA) - US dance company Jazz Tap Ensemble is to undertake a tour of three African countries 9 April to 5 May, the State Department said in a press release obtained by PANA here Wednesday. Full text...

  • UNESCO to protect Titanic wreckage
    05 april 2012 14:23:22
    Paris, France (PANA) - On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic, UNESCO says the ship wreckage has now come under its control, a press statement issued here Thursday by the UN agency indicated. Full text...

  • Cape Verde to finance 4,000 cultural projects over 10 years
    28 march 2012 18:48:58
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The Cape Verdean government intends to raise 15 billion escudos (US$ 1 = 83 Cape Verdean Escudos) with which to finance about 4,000 cultural projects in the country over 10 years. Full text...

  • UNESCO, WB, UNICEF to assist students affected by Brazzaville blast
    14 march 2012 12:22:10
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - UNESCO, the World Bank and UNICEF have pledged to assist students affected by the 4 March munitions depot blast that killed at least 200 in Brazzaville, the Congolese capital. Full text...

  • Francophonie Summit delegation expected in Kinshasa
    12 march 2012 22:36:15
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - The Officer in charge of the Francophonie summit, Ousmane Paye, is expected on 20 March in Kinshasa, DR Congo, at the head of a delegation of the International Francophonie Organization to assess preparations for the XIV Francophonie summit, official sources in the DR Congolese capital said Monday. Full text...

  • Togo begins process to select Miss Togo 2012
    11 march 2012 13:12:59
    Lome, Togo (PANA) - The West African state of Togo on Saturday began the process to select Miss Togo 2012, a major event on the cultural calendar of the country since 1995. Full text...

  • UNESCO honours Lebanese, Brazilian for raising Arab Culture awareness
    21 february 2012 14:50:27
    Paris, France (PANA) - In recognition of their efforts in raising awareness of the Arab culture around the world, UNESCO is to honour Lebanese author, Elias Khoury, and Brazilian publisher, João Baptista de Medeiros Vargens, at a ceremony on 27 February at its headquarters in Paris, France. Full text...

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