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  • 8th Pan African Festival of Dance opens Saturday in Kigali
    22 february 2013 12:49:40
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The 8th Pan African Festival of Dance (FESPAD) will open Saturday in Kigali, the Rwandan capital, with the participation of artists from 11 African countries, the festival coordinator said Friday. Full text...

  • International book, film Festival opens in Brazzaville
    15 february 2013 12:24:12
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The International book and film festival was launched Thursday in Brazzaville, Congo's capital, with the participation of nearly 100 guests from 23 countries. Full text...

  • Mali cancels festival on the Niger over security concerns
    13 february 2013 14:47:03
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The 2013 edition of the Festival on the Niger, scheduled for 12-17 in Segou, Central Mali, has been cancelled following the war in Mali, organizers announced here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Luanda, EU sign agreement to "recover" Angola's national park
    08 february 2013 16:29:18
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) - Angola and the European Union (EU) Thursday signed a Financing agreement for the conservation of the biodiversity of the Iona Park, Angola's biggest national trans-border natural reserve site. Full text...

  • "Kinshasa Kids" to be screened in Belgium
    04 february 2013 22:43:54
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - "Kinshasa Kids", a feature film produced by Belgian director, Marc Henri Wajnberg, will be screened in Belgian cinema halls from Wednesday. Full text...

  • 23-year-old Nigerian crowned Miss ECOWAS Peace Ambassador
    04 february 2013 14:32:21
    Port Harcourt, Nigeria (PANA) - Miss Hyeladzirra “Zirra” Banu of Nigeria has been crowned Miss ECOWAS Peace Ambassador 2012, after beating 26 other contestants at the pageant held recently in Port Harcourt, capital of the South South Rivers State. Full text...

  • West African actors star in the film, "Miss Diamant", in Togo
    04 february 2013 13:56:07
    Lome, Togo (PANA) - Actors from West Africa are meeting in Togo where they will take part in a series of 150 cinema episodes, entitled "Miss Diamant", PANA learnt from sources close to organizers. Full text...

  • Jill Scott, Cheikh Lo confirmed for South African Int'l Jazz Festival
    30 january 2013 09:56:07
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Grammy award-winning American singer Jill Scott has been confirmed as the headline act at this year's Cape Town International Jazz Festival. Full text...

  • Libya, Egypt sign cultural agreement
    29 january 2013 20:33:58
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Libya and Egypt have signed a draft agreement on cultural cooperation aimed at developing cultural, technical and scientific relations between them. Full text...

  • Comorian singer, Mohamed Hassane, dies
    28 january 2013 15:29:09
    Moroni, Comoros (PANA) – Comorian singer and instrumentalist Mohamed Hassane Mchangama, died here Monday at the age of 81, PANA reports Full text...

  • 'Congo will not take part in 23rd FESPACO in Ouagadougou'
    18 january 2013 12:19:40
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - Congolese films will not be screened at the 23rd edition of the Pan-African Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou (FESPACO), to be held from 23 February to 2 March in the Burkinabe capital, Culture department officials told PANA here but did not give reasons. Full text...

  • UNESCO calls for protection of cultural items in Mali
    15 january 2013 21:41:14
    Paris, France (PANA) – The Director-General of the UN Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), Irina Bokova, has called on Malian and French authorities to avoid exposing to "destruction or deterioration" Malian cultural items as France steps up its air campaign against rebel Islamists occupying several cities in northern Mali. Full text...

  • UNESCO to reopen National Office in Côte d'Ivoire
    10 january 2013 20:53:12
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is to reopen its Office in Côte d'Ivoire and a new agreement signed by the two parties, according to an Ivorian government communiqué. Full text...

  • Festival of Mauritania's ancient cities to be held from 24 to 30 January
    09 january 2013 22:28:26
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – The third edition of the festival of Mauritania’s ancient cities will take place from 24 to 30 January, sources close to the organization told PANA on Wednesday in Nouakchott. Full text...

  • Special peace and security prize to be established at FESPACO
    02 january 2013 22:36:10
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) – The African Union Commission and Burkina Faso have signed a protocol to establish "a Special Peace and Security Prize" at the Pan-African Ouagadougou cinema and television festival (FESPACO), a press release from the Burkina Faso government said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Centenary of writer/politician Aimé Césaire to be celebrated in Dakar
    14 december 2012 11:14:29
    Paris, France (PANA) - Several events are to be held in Dakar, the Senegalese capital, 19-21 March 2013, to mark the centenary of French writer/politician from Martinique Aimé Césaire, PANA learnt from the organisers in Paris, France, Friday. Full text...

  • 3 African elements included on UNESCO's list of intangible Cultural Heritage
    08 december 2012 17:15:26
    Paris, France (PANA) - Three African elements were included in UNESCO's list of Intangible Cultural Heritage, at the end of the Protection Committee’s meeting held 3-7 December, in Paris, France, PANA learnt from here. Full text...

  • Bob Marley's wife, Rita, to be honoured in Malawi
    15 november 2012 17:56:20
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - Legendary Jamaican reggae heroine, Rita Marley, wife of the legend himself, Bob Marley, will be in Malawi from Saturday to receive an African Diaspora honour, PANA exclusively reported. Full text...

  • Angolan film festival to feature 35 films
    14 november 2012 15:58:35
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) - About 35 films, 12 of them produced by Angolans, will be screened at the fifth edition of the Luanda Film Festival, scheduled to take place from 16 to 22 November, the director of the Angolan Institute of Audiovisual Cinema and Multimedia (IACAM), Pedro Ramalhoso, disclosed here Wednesday Full text...

  • Renowned African designers attend BIMOD 228 gala night in Lomé
    11 november 2012 16:39:15
    Lome, Togo (PANA) - A dozen fashion designers and about 40 models from several African countries attended the African beauty and creativity gala night held on Saturday by Fashion Biennale (BIMOD 228) in Lomé, the capital of Togo. Full text...

  • Rwandan female novelist awarded Renaudot Prize
    08 november 2012 21:05:11
    Paris, France (PANA) – Rwandan novelist Scholastique Mukasonga on Wednesday won the prestigious Renaudot Prize for Literature for her novel entitled "Notre-Dame du Nil". Full text...

  • Paris to host exhibition on Nigeria's Benue Valley peoples Nov.
    04 november 2012 16:11:13
    Paris, France (PANA) - An exhibition of the arts of different peoples of the Benue Valley in Nigeria is due to begin 13 Nov. at Quai Branly Museum in Paris, France, PANA learnt Saturday from the organisers. Full text...

  • SADC countries dialogue on culture, heritage
    30 october 2012 16:29:52
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Ten Southern Africa Development Committee (SADC) countries will next week converge in Botswana, to exchange ideas on strengthening cooperation between cultural and heritage institutions, as well as law enforcement agencies. Full text...

  • Kinshasa agog as African musicians usher in Francophonie Summit
    11 october 2012 12:37:40
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - Kinshasa, the DR Congo capital, "vibrated" Wednesday evening to the beat of more than 100 musicians from french-speaking African countries as leaders from the 75-nation Francophonie gather here for their biennial summit on Friday, PANA reports. Full text...

  • 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...

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