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  • Benin school drama festival opens
    19 february 2004 09:27:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin schools' four-day drama festival opened Wednesday night in Parakou, the country's third city located 450 km from Cotonou. Full text...

  • Matsuura urges safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage
    18 february 2004 20:10:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- UNESCO director general Koitchira Matsuura, currently visiting Mauritius, has stressed the need for countries around the world to safeguard intangible cultural heritage. Full text...

  • DR Congo Pygmies to get German donation
    16 february 2004 14:20:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- A German agency, Miserior, has financed educational materials to cater for 7,000 young pygmies at the Wamba Catholic diocese in Ituri, in north-eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, a priest revealed here at the weekend. Full text...

  • Mozambican art exhibition in Bujumbura
    16 february 2004 12:56:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Mozambican artist Fiel Dos Santos, is in Bujumbura for a two-week exhibition of various useful objects made from weapons used during the civil war in Angola. Full text...

  • Kenya's Cultural Policy denounces piracy
    16 february 2004 10:17:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Kenyan government has formulated a Cultural Policy meant to preserve, protect and help to nurture culture and arts in the country. Full text...

  • First nomad music festival ends in Nouakchott
    13 february 2004 20:49:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Several thousands of people witnessed the official closing of the first international nomad music festival Thursday night in Nouakchott's Ksar Stadium. Full text...

  • Bamako to host major African literature event
    12 february 2004 23:22:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- At least 70 writers and 23 publishers will attend a major meeting devoted to African literature from 26 February to 1 March in Bamako, Mali, one of the invited participants told PANA here Thursday. Full text...

  • Burkinabe troupe stages in Libreville
    12 february 2004 13:54:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Comedians Siriki and Soule of the Burkinabe drama troupe, Bobodioufs, would be on stage here on 14 February, organisers confirmed in the Gabonese capital. Full text...

  • Early 20th century painting for Addis Ababa University
    12 february 2004 10:55:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The Institute of Ethiopian Studies at Addis Ababa University Thursday added to its treasure of historical artefacts an early 20th century painting by a traditional Oromo artist. Full text...

  • Senegalese writer plans sojourn to Timbuktu
    10 february 2004 20:34:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Senegalese writer, Khadi Hane, who published "Le collier de paille" in 2002 at Ndzé publishers in Paris, will settle from 23 February to 1 March in the ancient Malian learning centre of Timbuktu. Full text...

  • Belgian expert rates Nomadic Music Festival a success
    10 february 2004 19:25:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- The director of the International Festival "Women's Voice" has highly rated the Nomadic International Music Festival currently being held in Nouakchott. Full text...

  • Bush signs bill on Afro-American museum
    10 february 2004 16:13:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- US President George Bush has signed a bill creating a National Museum of Afro-American History and Culture and proclaiming February 2004 as the month of African- American history, the US embassy near here said Tuesday. Full text...

  • WFP congratulates Cape Verde's Cesaria Avoria
    09 february 2004 18:15:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- World Food Programme has congratulated Cesaria Evora of Cape Verde for winning the prestigious Grammy Award for her 2003 album "Voz D'Amor", under the category of Best Contemporary World Music Album. Full text...

  • Nouakchott Nomad Music Festival kicks off
    09 february 2004 09:00:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- The five-day international nomad music festival of Nouakchott was officially launched Sunday evening at the Ksar Stadium. Full text...

  • African women activists sue for an end to FGM
    06 february 2004 14:50:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Describing female circumcision as a traditionally condoned form of violence in Africa, Berhane Ras- Work expresses exasperation at the slow pace being taken to achieve gender equality on the continent. Full text...

  • Konare pushes for reform of negative cultures in Africa
    06 february 2004 11:22:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Societies deeply rooted in negative cultures and traditions should be transformed into societies that respect the dignity of all their members irrespective of gender, African Union (AU) Commission Chairperson Alpha Omar Konare stated here Friday. Full text...

  • Chissano calls for popularisation of Mozambican history
    03 february 2004 18:12:00
    Marracuene- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambican President Joaquim Chissano has called on research institutions to seek and collect more data on the country's history and culture for publication. Full text...

  • Tribute to late Ivorian writer Kourouma in Paris
    02 february 2004 20:22:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Politicians, writers and scholars at the weekend paid glowing tributes in Paris to Ivorian writer Ahmadou Kourouma, who died 11 December 2003 in Lyon, South-eastern France. Full text...

  • Cape Town plans North Sea Jazz Festival for April
    29 january 2004 20:44:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Cape Town is preparing to celebrate the 5th anniversary of the North Sea Jazz Festival in 2004 with its biggest party, coinciding with the launch of South Africa's "Ten Years into Democracy" anniversary celebrations. Full text...

  • 300.000 Euros collected for Mauritanian music festival
    27 january 2004 20:48:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- A budget of 300,000 Euros has been aside to finance the international nomadic music festival to be held in Nouakchott, Mauritania from 8-12 February, the director of the organising committee Lemrabott Ould Mohamed El Hacen told journalists here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Mali to host African poetry festival
    26 january 2004 16:23:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The 7th edition of African Poetry Festival, FIPIA, has been slated for 2-8 February in Sevare, central Mali, the organisers said Monday. Full text...

  • Famous personalities perform at Mandela's metro council opening
    23 january 2004 11:01:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Singer Miriam Makeba, together with Actors John Kani and Winston Ntshona, are expected to perform at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Municipality's Opening of Council and 10 Years of Freedom Celebrations Launch in Port Elizabeth on Friday. Full text...

  • US supergroup to tour South Africa in April
    23 january 2004 10:49:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- US rockgroup Limp Bizkit will kick off its South African tour in Cape Town on 2 April before heading to Durban on 4 April and Johannesburg on 6 April. Full text...

  • Cesaria Evora wins Golden Record award in France
    21 january 2004 20:45:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Celebrated Cape Verde singer Cesaria Evora has landed the Golden Record in France for her latest CD, "Voz de Amor," of which more than a hundred thousand copies have been sold. Full text...

  • Africa sues for cultural diversity
    21 january 2004 19:58:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- African Union (AU) Commission chairman Alpha Oumar Konare pledged here Tuesday that Africa would be present at all fronts in the advocacy for cultural diversity worldwide. Full text...

  • Stranded Sierra Leonean pilgrims off to Hajj
    20 january 2004 09:51:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- More than half of the 475 Sierra Leonean Muslims that were stranded at the Lungi international airport, north of the capital Freetown, left Monday for this year's pilgrimage in Mecca. Full text...

  • Equatorial Guinean traditional healer dies in action
    17 january 2004 11:26:00
    Malabo- Equatorial Guinea (PANA) -- A tradition healer died suddenly Wednesday in front of his patients at Luba, south of Bioko Island, within which lies Malabo, Equatorial Guinea's capital, police sources revealed here Friday. Full text...

  • American rock group returns to South Africa
    16 january 2004 08:36:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- American rock group the Counting Crows, will perform in four South African cities in March, the tour organisers said. Full text...

  • US rock band Counting Crows for South Africa again
    15 january 2004 20:23:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Popular American rock band the Counting Crows will perform in four South African cities kicking off their tour in Cape Town 17 March. Full text...

  • UNESCO boss due in Cameroon
    15 january 2004 11:19:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- UNESCO Director General Koichiro Matsuura is expected in Yaounde Thursday on a three-day visit to Cameroon, part of his African tour. Full text...

  • Mauritania to host nomads' music festival
    14 january 2004 21:47:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Mauritania will host an international nomads' international music festival in Nouakchott from 8-12 February, the event's director Lemrabott Ould Mohamed El Hacen announced here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Africans take part in Canadian forum on culture
    13 january 2004 08:27:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- About 40 African arts and culture professionals and hundreds more from Europe and Canada are taking part in a forum on business and culture jointly organised here by the Canadian Heritage ministry, the Canadian Foreign ministry and Canadian embassy in France. Full text...

  • UNESCO boss to attend CEMAC education forum in Cameroon
    12 january 2004 14:17:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Director-General Koichiro Matsuura of the UN Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organisation (UNESCO) is expected to attend the first conference of education ministers of the Central African Economic and Monetary Community (CEMAC) Thursday in Cameroon. Full text...

  • Cape ballet company in Guinness Book of Records
    12 january 2004 13:19:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A Cape Town ballet company has earned a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records after 530 ballerinas danced to make the world's largest ballet class. Full text...

  • Matsuura puts slavery among darkest pages of history
    11 january 2004 10:25:00
    Cape Coast- Ghana (PANA) -- Rich Ghanaian traditional culture and an enactment of the slave trade by a cultural group marked the launch of the international year to commemorate the struggle against slavery and its abolition at the Ghanaian coastal town of Cape Coast on Saturday. Full text...

  • UNESCO urges Ghana to ratify Education, Cultural Conventions
    09 january 2004 20:57:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) Friday urged Ghana to ratify the Conventions on Illicit Drugs and the Dope Test among the youth, and the Intangible Cultural Heritage. Full text...

  • Ethiopia gets Japanese cultural grant
    09 january 2004 15:48:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ethiopian Radio and Television Agency will soon start broadcasting Japanese educational and information programmes under a 3. Full text...

  • Francophone researchers to honour late Ivorian author
    08 january 2004 17:20:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The Francophone Literature Researchers Association (ACLF) has planned a ceremony to pay tribute to the late Ivorian writer, Ahmadou Kourouma, who died on 11 December in Lyon, ACLF vice-president Frederic Giguet announced here Thursday. Full text...

  • Eighth century Indonesian ship replica in Cape Town
    06 january 2004 14:14:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A replica of an eighth century Indonesian ship docked at Cape Town Tuesday as part of an expedition reviving the archipelago's heritage and tracing the ancient trade route to Africa. Full text...

  • US Episcopal Church not invited for consecration in Uganda
    05 january 2004 11:29:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Vehemently opposed to acquiescence to homosexuality in the Anglican Communion, the Church of Uganda (COU) has blocked clergymen from the Episcopal Church of America from attending the consecration of new Archbishop Henry Orombi in Kampala, 24 January 2004. Full text...

  • African music group in Bangui for concert
    31 december 2003 18:23:00
    Bangui- Central African Republic (PANA) -- A Paris-based African music group "Canon Stars," comprising 11 musicians and three dancers, has arrived in Bangui for a concert beginning Wednesday at the Barthelemy Boganda stadium in the Central African Republic (CAR) capital. Full text...

  • Nouakchott hosts Arab conference on archaeology and heritage
    25 december 2003 16:30:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- The 17th conference on Archaeology and Arab Civilisation is underway here under the aegis of the Arab Organisation for Education, Science and Culture (ALESCO). Full text...

  • Cape Verdean singer honoured for winning Kora Awards
    25 december 2003 13:12:00
    Praia- Cape Verde(PANA) -- For winning the Best African and West African Artist Kora Awards for 2003, Cape Verdean young singer Suzana Lubrano has been granted a diplomatic passport by her country. Full text...

  • Unpublished work by late Ivorian writer Kourouma out soon
    25 december 2003 13:02:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- A book authored by Ivorian writer Ahmadou Kourouma, who died 11 December in Lyons, south-east of France, is to be published soon by Seuil Publishers in Paris, according to Moriféré Bamba, a close associate of the late writer. Full text...

  • Mauritania takes major step to safeguard ancient manuscripts
    25 december 2003 10:30:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Mauritania took a major step in 2003 to safeguard its ancient manuscripts under a cultural heritage project. Full text...

  • Tourists flock to Swaziland for Incwala ceremony
    24 december 2003 09:40:00
    Lobamba- Swaziland (PANA) -- Droves of tourists have already begun descending on Swaziland as the kingdom marks the beginning of the Incwala Ceremony, an annual sacred Swazi cultural event when King Mswati III 'tastes the first fruits'. Full text...

  • Swazi octogenarian weds sexagenarian
    22 december 2003 10:20:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland (PANA) -- Age is nothing but just a number for an elderly Swazi couple who tied the knot over the weekend in a colourful ceremony at the Apostolic Revival Church in Msunduza. Full text...

  • Senegalese remember late Senghor
    21 december 2003 15:59:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegalese marked the second anniversary of the death of the former Senegalese President and poet, Leopold Sedar Senghor, Saturday, with several activities including a symposium organised by the Socialist Party (PS) which he founded. Full text...

  • Ghana remembers Miss Model of the Universe contest
    20 december 2003 16:14:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- After bloody riots in Nigeria last year to protest against the country hosting a world beauty pageant, Ghana hardly heard a cough when it took its turn to host the Miss Model of the Universe contest in Accra. Full text...

  • Kinshasa to host Kuba cultural week
    20 december 2003 00:00:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The first edition of the Kuba weeklong festival (SCK) will be held here from 20-27 December under the theme "degeneration or regeneration?," the organising committee said in a programme issued here. Full text...

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