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  • 2nd African documentary film festival opens Friday
    17 october 2002 09:46:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The second African documentary film and television festival, themed "Slavery, memory of the diaspora," starts in Cotonou Friday. Full text...

  • Women writers keep Africa's literature alive
    08 october 2002 09:40:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A vaccuum in the African literary scene in recent years is now being ably filled by the continent's talented women writers. Full text...

  • Reunion gets civilisations centre
    03 october 2002 22:07:00
    Saint-Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- The regional authority of Reunion has hinted of plans to open, in collaboration with UNESCO, a cultural centre to valorise civilisations that forged the people and unity of Reunion. Full text...

  • Cameroon remembers Mongo Beti
    02 october 2002 23:28:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Activities commemorating the first anniversary of the death of Cameroonian writer Mongo Beti are afoot in Yaounde and would continue through 7 October. Full text...

  • UNESCO boss to visit Mauritania
    01 october 2002 22:26:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- UNESCO Director General Koichiro Matsuura is to visit Mauritania during the first quarter of 2003, an official of the Paris-based UN agency said in Nouakchott. Full text...

  • Conference on the work of Kadhafi held in Tripoli
    30 september 2002 23:46:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Several writers, men of letters, historians, journalists and academicians from Arab and African countries are holding a four-day conference on the literary work of Libyan leader, Colonel Moammar Kadhafi. Full text...

  • Senegal's Mamadou Dia among 2002 Kadhafi Award winners
    30 september 2002 17:22:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Several intellectuals, literally men and writers based in Libya and abroad, including Mamadou Dia, the head of Senegal's first cabinet after independence was on Sunday among recipients of this year's 250,000 US dollar Kadhafi Human Rights Award. Full text...

  • UNESCO studies Sudan's Cultural Heritage Sites
    24 september 2002 17:52:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- UNESCO is assessing Sudan's cultural heritage sites to be included on the World Heritage List, according to the Sudanese National Antiquities Corporation. Full text...

  • Japanese producer wins Golden Star at Marrakech festival
    23 september 2002 19:20:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- The second Marrakech International Film Festival has ended with "Go", a film by Japanese director Isao Yukisida, winning the Golden Star prize The film, which opened the official competition for the feature- length films, depicts the story of a young Korean man who was born in Japan but attends a school for immigrants in Korea, his parents' native country. Full text...

  • 2,000 artists expected in Burkina Faso during SIAO 2002
    19 september 2002 20:50:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Some 2,000 artists from 30 countries are expected at the 8th Ouagadougou International Arts Exhibition (SIAO), opening 25 October in the Burkinabe capital, Jean-Claude Bouda, Director General of SIAO, announced in Paris. Full text...

  • Morocco's Marrakesh film festival opens Wednesday
    17 september 2002 23:40:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Morocco's second International Film Festival will be open in Marrakesh Wednesday with nine feature films in official competition. Full text...

  • Nairobi Set to Host African Cinema Week
    17 september 2002 09:37:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Preparations are mounting for Nairobi's 2002 African Cine-Week, beginning 30 September and hosted by the French Cultural Centre Maison Francaise, the Kenya National Film Association and the newly formed Kenya Film and Television Professional Association. Full text...

  • King Mensah builds musical bridge between Benin and Togo
    15 september 2002 16:21:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Singer King Mensah, the 2000 Kora Music Award winner in the category of traditional music, said he gets his inspiration from Togolese and Beninese cultures to produce songs which are appreciated by both peoples. Full text...

  • Eritrea, Egypt, Uganda win UNESCO literacy prizes
    12 september 2002 07:47:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Egypt, Eritrea and Uganda are among the winning countries of UNESCO's international literacy prizes, a release from the UN agency indicated Wednesday. Full text...

  • Culture Ministers to meet in Istanbul
    10 september 2002 19:31:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- About 80 ministers of culture from around the world will meet 16-17 September in Istanbul, Turkey, to discuss the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage. Full text...

  • Malagasy National Academy celebrates its centenary
    06 september 2002 16:26:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- The Malagasy National Academy is hosting an international symposium under the theme: "Cultural Pluralism and Development" as part of events to mark its centenary. Full text...

  • OAPI sets up fund to promote African inventions
    04 september 2002 20:33:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- The African Intellectual Property Organisation (OAPI) has set up a fund designed to promote inventions and innovations, and to help promoters of innovative projects on the continent. Full text...

  • Diouf's bid to head Francophonie gets nod in Kinshasa
    04 september 2002 18:03:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Congolese intellectuals have expressed support for the bid by former Senegalese President Abdou Diouf to become secretary general of the International Organisation of the Francophonie (OIF). Full text...

  • Third Pan-African Dance Festival underway in Kigali
    02 september 2002 16:52:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Dance troupes from several African countries an Belgium are participating in the third Pan-African Dance Festival, which entered its second day in Kigali Monday. Full text...

  • Art highlighted at World Summit for Sustainable Development
    30 august 2002 10:53:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- As part of activities animating the World Summit for Sustainable Development, the South African Office on the Status of Disabled Persons in the Presidency (OSDP) has opened an exhibition dubbed 'Beyond Barriers' at the Johannesburg Art Gallery. Full text...

  • Kenyan Islamic scholar appeals for return of artefacts
    28 august 2002 16:55:00
    Lamu- Kenya (PANA) -- A top Islamic scholar has launched an appeal to US and German governments over valuable art objects which he said were taken out of Kenya to those countries decades ago. Full text...

  • Remembering the slave trade is a sacred duty - UNESCO official
    27 august 2002 10:05:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Remembering the slave trade and its abolition, which is annually celebrated on 23 August world-wide, was described as "one of the most sacred duties" citizens could ever undertake, the Director of UNESCO's Regional Office for Education in Africa (BREDA), Armoogum Parsuramen, said. Full text...

  • FESTEF 2002 festival underway in Togo
    26 august 2002 07:20:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- The seventh edition of the Fraternity Theatre Festival (FESTEF 2002) is underway in the town of Assahoun in Ave, 50 km north-west of Lome the capital. Full text...

  • Second Black Heritage Festival Opens In Lagos
    25 august 2002 15:28:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The second Black Heritage Festival opened in the historic town of Badagry, near Lagos, at the weekend amid pomp and pageantry. Full text...

  • Africa gets special place at Canada's 26th World film festival
    23 august 2002 23:50:00
    Montreal- Canada (PANA) -- Sixteen feature films devoted to Africa are taking part in the Montreal 2002 world film festival which opened Thursday in the Canadian city. Full text...

  • Benin to host festival on African integration
    22 august 2002 20:09:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The first edition of the African Integration Stars festival (SICA) will hold on Saturday in Cotonou, the organisers indicated on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Demise of copyrights outfit leaves Cameroonian artists jittery
    19 august 2002 20:43:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- The dissolution of the National Civil Copyrights Company (SOCINADA) on 6 June has left a void in Cameroon that is prejudicial to authors and artists, Culture minister Leopold Ferdinand Oyono conceded last week in Yaounde. Full text...

  • New Senegalese designers graduate
    19 august 2002 19:04:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegalese design has welcomed six new professionals who graduated last week from the Leydi workshops of fashion designer Oumou Sy in Dakar. Full text...

  • Senegalese cultural week underway in Cape Verde
    18 august 2002 19:06:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- A Senegalese cultural week kicked off Saturday in Praia with a music and dance at the national auditorium. Full text...

  • Two African filmmakers contribute to a film on 11 September
    18 august 2002 13:59:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Two African filmmakers, Youssef Chahine from Egypt and Burkina Faso's Idrissa Ouedraogo, have been commissioned to make a contribution to a collection of film portraits on their reaction to the violent attacks of 11 September 2001 in the USA, sources said in Paris. Full text...

  • 30 Sub-Saharan students visiting Moroccan cities
    18 august 2002 11:15:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Thirty sub-Saharan students studying in Morocco have left Rabat for a weeklong tour of several Moroccan cities, well-informed sources said. Full text...

  • Cotonou to host international festival on aesthetics
    16 august 2002 22:11:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Cotonou will host the first edition of the international festival on hairdressing and aesthetics (Canaya seduction 2002) 28 August to 1 September, organisers announced. Full text...

  • Cotonou to host international festival on aesthetics
    16 august 2002 22:11:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Cotonou will host the first edition of the international festival on hairdressing and aesthetics (Canaya seduction 2002) 28 August to 1 September, organisers announced. Full text...

  • Cameroonian Journalist Claude Ondobo dies in Paris
    16 august 2002 22:03:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- UNESCO's assistant director of Communication and head of the International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC), Claude Ondobo of Cameroon passed away Thursday in Paris following an illness, newspapers reported Friday in Yaounde. Full text...

  • Algeria to attend Montreal Film Festival
    13 august 2002 15:39:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Algeria will for the first time take part in the Montreal Film Festival in Canada, scheduled for 22 August to 2 September, sources indicated in Algiers Tuesday. Full text...

  • Ouagadougou hosts training course on rights of African natives
    13 august 2002 13:18:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- A training course on the rights of French-speaking African autochthons is underway in Ouagadougou with a view to promoting the integration of marginalised minorities into mainstream society. Full text...

  • Algeria takes part in World Film Festival
    12 august 2002 19:31:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Algeria will take part in the World Film Festival which, for the first time this year, has opened doors to the African film industry. Full text...

  • Togo's Fraternity Theatre Festival holds this month
    12 august 2002 18:04:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Togo's Fraternity Theatre Festival (FESTHEF) will hold 23-30 August in the town of Assahoun, 50 km south-west of Lome, according to the organisers. Full text...

  • Benin to hold beauty contest for midgets
    12 august 2002 11:41:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin's Cotonou arts and leisure hall will on 31 August host the men's and women's finals of the first beauty contest for midgets in the country, organisers told PANA on Sunday. Full text...

  • Nigeria warns pageant participants against Sharia
    11 august 2002 14:13:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria has warned participants in this year's Miss World beauty pageant to stay away from states using the Islamic legal code Sharia in their own interest. Full text...

  • Angolan television launches new entertainment programme
    09 august 2002 20:51:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Angolan Public Television (TPA) Friday evening began presenting a new entertainment programme called 'Kandando,' directed mainly at nationals and other Africans living abroad. Full text...

  • Benin's Agbo'Nkoko group to attend theatre festival in Togo
    09 august 2002 20:30:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin's Agbo'Nkoko Theatre Company will represent the country at the Fraternity Festival (FESTHEF) to be held from 23 to 30 August in Assahoun, 52 km north of the Togolese capital of Lome, sources at the French Cultural Centre in Cotonou said Friday. Full text...

  • Guinea's Tabanka Djaz band in Luanda
    08 august 2002 12:14:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Guinea's Tabanka Djaz musical group arrived Wednesday in Luanda to stage various shows as part of the celebrations marking the 60th anniversary of Angolan President José Eduardo dos Santos on 28 August. Full text...

  • Benin's open air art festival set for Saturday
    07 august 2002 23:17:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Some 20 artists from Benin and Togo are to participate in the 3rd edition of the plastic arts festival, "Open Air Art," to be held in Cotonou from 10 to 12 August, sources close to the organisers said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Creole makes immense progress in Mauritius
    07 august 2002 21:33:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- A Mauritian non-governmental organisation, Ledikasyon Pu Travayer (LPT), said Wednesday that the Creole language has registered immense progress which no other language has realised in Mauritius in the past decade. Full text...

  • South African women with disabilities speak out
    07 august 2002 13:52:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Three documentaries on the lives of South African women with disabilities are being screened at film festivals throughout the country this month. Full text...

  • South Africa to help preserve Timbuktu manuscripts
    06 august 2002 11:10:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's Minister in the Presidency Essop Pahad arrived in Bamako, Mali Tuesday to sign an agreement on a project to preserve some of the Timbuktu manuscripts. Full text...

  • Angola all set for Festisumbe music festival
    05 august 2002 21:53:00
    Sumbe- Angola (PANA) -- Some 250,000 US dollars has been set aside to help finance an international music festival known as Festisumbe which will take place from 16 to 17 August in Sumbe, Angola's coastal city in the central Kwanza Sul Province. Full text...

  • Kenyans in search of their roots in Seychelles
    15 june 2002 18:09:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- Some 96 Kenyans are in Seychelles in search of their ancestral roots, according to sources at the Foreign Ministry in Seychelles The sources said the Kenyans, who arrived Thursday would be spending two weeks on the fact-finding mission. Full text...

  • Daughter publishes speeches of late Liberian president
    14 june 2002 10:39:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Christine-Tolbert Norman, eldest daughter of the late Liberian President, William R. Full text...

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