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  • South Africa's Miriam Makeba and Russian composer share award
    05 march 2002 21:57:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Celebrated South African singer Miriam Makeba and Russian composer Sofia Gubaidulina have been named this year's winners of the two-million kronor (190,000- dollar) Polar Music Prize. Full text...

  • Council hails France over Nigeria's rights to sculptures
    05 march 2002 21:10:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The International Council of Museums (ICOM), Tuesday praised the French authorities for acknowledging Nigeria's ownership of three Nok and Sokoto sculptures acquired by France in 1999. Full text...

  • Angola inspires German plastic artist
    04 march 2002 23:13:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Visiting plastic artist Horst Poppe of Germany conceded Sunday in Luanda that the symbols and force of Angolan culture inspired his research into the significance of the country's cultural features. Full text...

  • Will Smith plans to buy property in South Africa
    04 march 2002 14:09:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (Cape Town) -- Actor Will Smith who has been nominated for an Oscar for his portrayal of Muhammed Ali in the new blockbuster movie, says he is planning to buy property in South Africa. Full text...

  • All-star African fashion show set for Ethiopia
    03 march 2002 11:19:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Niger fashion designer Alpha Diye will lead a host of eight internationally renown African designers in a fashion show organised as an event to support in "defining priorities for regional integration," which is a theme for the African Development Forum's (ADF III) to being held in Addis Ababa from 3-8 March. Full text...

  • Goree Memorial in Dakar will be a place for meditation
    27 february 2002 19:40:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Goree Memorial to be established in Dakar will be a centre for meditation, communication, artistic and aesthetic activities as well as for scientific and technological awakening, the project's co-ordinator Amadou Lamine Sall said in Dakar Tuesday. Full text...

  • Hatier's Black World collection resumes operations
    27 february 2002 15:40:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Hatier's Black World Collection ("Hatier monde noir poche"), specialised in the publication of pocket size books on Africa, will resume its activities in the next few weeks, the publisher disclosed in Paris Tuesday. Full text...

  • Muslims slam Bishops over Uganda's OIC membership
    24 february 2002 17:11:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Ugandan Muslim leaders have expressed outrage at recent remarks made by Ugandan House of Bishops over Kampala's membership in the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC). Full text...

  • Cape Town children to star in film based on Oliver Twist
    22 february 2002 15:07:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Acclaimed Cape Town film maker Tim Greene has embarked on his first feature film - the story of a Cape Town street child, based on Charles Dickens classic novel, Oliver Twist. Full text...

  • South African film breaks box office records
    21 february 2002 14:56:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's blockbuster film 'Mr Bones' has now grossed more than R30 million (about 2. Full text...

  • South Africa in gear for gigantic dance festival
    21 february 2002 12:35:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- More than 500 South African and overseas dancers will gather at Sun City's Superbowl for three days beginning 26 April to participate in the famous Battle of the Giants All Styles Dance Festival. Full text...

  • Angolan writers launch website
    20 february 2002 22:50:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- The Angolan Writers Union (UEA) Wednesday in Luanda launched a website meant to promote its members throughout the world. Full text...

  • Nigeria, others among countries with endangered languages
    20 february 2002 22:21:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- UNESCO has warned that about half of some 6,000 languages spoken in the world are under threat, among them local languages in Nigeria and some East African countries. Full text...

  • UNESCO says 3,000 languages in danger
    19 february 2002 17:29:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- About half of the 6,000 or so languages spoken in the world are under threat of disappearing, UNESCO has cautioned. Full text...

  • South Africa hosts Bravo China extravaganza
    18 february 2002 22:11:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Bravo China-South Africa, a celebration of music and dance, premiered on the Nelson Mandela stage at the Civic Theatre in Johannesburg on Sunday night. Full text...

  • Sorbonne gives Mongo Beti posthumous homage Saturday
    15 february 2002 19:23:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The University of Sorbonne in Paris said it will on Saturday posthumously honour renowned Cameroonian writer, Mongo Beti. Full text...

  • Provincial government promotes South Africa's cultural diversity
    15 february 2002 09:52:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Guateng Province will on Saturday organise a Traditional Fair to highlight and promote "unity in diversity" in South Africa. Full text...

  • France, Nigeria strike agreement on terracotta statues
    13 february 2002 22:11:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The three terracotta statues illegally taken by France from Nigeria will remain at the Quai Branly museum in Paris for the next 25 years, an official source said here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Some 350 Ethiopian manuscripts looted from Maqdala
    08 february 2002 12:35:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Around 350 manuscripts and ten holy slabs (Tabots) stolen from the Ethiopian Orthodox Church are currently found in British museums and libraries, according to the Association for the return of Maqdala Ethiopian Treasures (AFROMET). Full text...

  • Benin to host stage reading festival
    07 february 2002 22:48:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The first stage reading festival will hold in Cotonou, Benin from 13 to 15 March, ahead of the international festival of Benin Drama (FITHEB), sources in Cotonou announced Wednesday. Full text...

  • Holy slab returns to Addis Ababa after 133 years in UK
    28 january 2002 08:47:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) A holy slab known as -"Tabot" belonging to the Ethiopian Orthodox Church is to be returned soon to the rightful owners 133 years after its capture by the British army which stormed Makdala, Emperor Tewodros' last stronghold. Full text...

  • Dance and music festival underway in Bangui
    24 january 2002 23:53:00
    Bangui- Central African Republic (PANA) -- The traditional dance festival in Central African Republic was currently being held in Bangui. Full text...

  • Budget for Benin festival set at 240 million FCFA
    21 january 2002 19:36:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Organisers of the International Theatre Festival in Benin (FITHEB) on Monday began a pre-fund raising campaign for the 240-million-franc CFA budget to stage its sixth edition scheduled 16-27 March in Cotonou. Full text...

  • Niger plans to restore Agadez sultan's mosque
    14 january 2002 20:14:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- France would help finance the rebuilding of the Agadez Sultan's famous mosque and palace, the Niger News Agency (ANP) reported in Niamey. Full text...

  • French television slowly opens up to minority groups
    09 january 2002 23:40:00
    Paris- France (PANA) – Gone are the days when Fren-ch Television programmes were done by only white personalities. Full text...

  • Benin to host an international music festival next week
    09 january 2002 23:09:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- An international music festival is scheduled 17-27 January in Benin's main cities, said officials of the French Cultural Centre in Cotonou. Full text...

  • Namibian study advocates integration of San community
    08 january 2002 23:00:00
    Windhoek- Namibia, PANA - A few months ago, one of- Namibia's paramount chiefs urged other influential tribal groups to forge integration of the San, a nomadic fruit-gathering community, into the mainstream economy and political life. ) Full text...

  • Morocco to renovate historic Taza mosque
    08 january 2002 21:09:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- The authorities in Morocco have hinted of plans to renovate the Al Masjid al Aâdam, the great mosque in Taza 660 km north-east of Rabat, which dates back to the Almohades era between 1147 and 1269. Full text...

  • Bamako to host travel writers' festival
    08 january 2002 09:35:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Writers and publishers of travel stories from different parts of the world will gather in Bamako from 21 to 25 February for an international festival of "Surprising travellers" (Etonnants voyageurs). Full text...

  • Festival on Peul arts and culture afoot in Mali
    06 january 2002 17:22:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Opened last Friday by Malian First Lady Adam Ba Konare, the 3rd international festival on Peul arts and culture is underway in Bamako. Full text...

  • Mongo Beti's death ends a legacy in Cameroon
    05 january 2002 10:01:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- The death of Cameroonian writer Mongo Beti on 7 October 2001 in Douala following a brief illness definitely left a cultural imprint in the country in past year, analysts agreed. Full text...

  • Ethnic Peul celebrate culture in Mali
    04 january 2002 21:45:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The Association of Friends of Peul Culture Friday began a five-day celebration in Bamako marking the third international festival of arts and Peul culture. Full text...

  • Malian singer sued for failing to honour contract
    04 january 2002 15:33:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Music promoters in Abidjan have lodged a complaint against Malian singer Salif Keita for "failure to honour a contract" to perform in the Ivorian capital in December. Full text...

  • Gabon to host African international fashion festival
    03 january 2002 23:44:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Gabon will host the third International African Fashion Festival (FIMA) from 7-12 August 2002, the event's founder and organiser, Alphadi of Niger, has said. Full text...

  • Writers in DR Congo pay tribute to Senghor
    03 january 2002 23:21:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The proponent of Negritude, Leopold Sedar Senghor is "a model of an intellectual and committed writer whose works are ranked among the classics," Mathias Buabua wa Kayembe, chairman of DR Congo's writers Union (UECO) said in Kinshasa. Full text...

  • Angolan film producer shoots in Ouagadougou
    03 january 2002 21:26:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Fearing to step on landmines scattered in his own country, an Angolan film producer has taken the war between government forces and UNITA rebels to Ouagadougou. Full text...

  • International arts festival kicks off in Benin Friday
    03 january 2002 10:49:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- An international African arts and culture festival will open Friday in the city of Ouidah, a former slave trading post situated 40 km from Cotonou, organisers of the event said Thursday. Full text...

  • Cape minstrels celebration brings city to a standstill
    03 january 2002 09:48:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The South African city of Cape Town came to a virtual standstill Wednesday when thousands of people lined along the streets to witness the Cape Minstrels "Tweede Nuwejaar" (second New Year) celebration. Full text...

  • South Africa's Sun City plays host to African cultural events
    02 january 2002 15:32:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Sun City, the glittering casino resort in South Africa's North West Province once hated for attracting internationally acclaimed artists during the apartheid era, this year hosted a number of events promoting African culture. Full text...

  • Tanzania tackling societal bias against the disabled
    02 january 2002 15:09:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- The slaying in May of a six-year-old handicapped boy in northern Arusha by a distraught father acting to "cleanse a curse and rid his family of a burden" caused cultural trauma in Tanzania last year. Full text...

  • Namibia's war against homosexuals heated up in 2001
    02 january 2002 14:17:00
    Windhoek- Namibia, (PANA) -- A number of African leaders and their people have condemned the act as against the norms, values and culture of the African people. Full text...

  • First West African hunters festival held in Mali in 2001
    02 january 2002 13:52:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The West African festival of hunters which took place from 4 January to 26 February 2001, was unquestionably a big cultural event in Mali in 2001. Full text...

  • Kenya celebrates railway centenary
    02 january 2002 12:04:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The steam-powered train that snaked its way 1,000 km from Mombasa on the Indian Ocean coast to Port Florence was the only transport linking Uganda with the rest of the world, and took five years, from 1896 to 1901, to reach its destination. Full text...

  • Music dominated Cape Verde culture in 2001
    01 january 2002 18:46:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Music dominated Cape Verde's cultural landscape in 2001, particularly with the celebrated Cesaria Evora and musicians like Ildo Lobo. Full text...

  • Nawal, a shining Comoran star in 2001
    01 january 2002 16:24:00
    Moroni- Comoros (PANA) -- The release in France of "Kweli", the first solo album of Nawal Mlanano, was unanimously praised by critics in the Comoros as a high-impact cultural event. Full text...

  • Mauritania moves to boost scientific research
    01 january 2002 16:06:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Mauritania last year launched an award dubbed the Chinguitty Awards for Arts, Sciences and Culture, with the first winners announced 31 October. Full text...

  • Angolan writer to launch book of proverbs in Portugal
    28 december 2001 23:10:00
    Lisbon- Angola (PANA) -- Angolan writer Carvalho Neto (Yanguene) will launch his first book of proverbs in January 2002 in Lisbon (Portugal). Full text...

  • Benin organises tribute for late President Senghor
    28 december 2001 21:33:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin's French cultural centre in Cotonou has organised a two-week exhibition of works and press cuttings to pay tribute to the late former president of Senegal, Leopold Sedar Senghor, who died 20 December in France at the age of 95. Full text...

  • Benin organises tribute for late President Senghor
    28 december 2001 21:32:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin's French cultural centre in Cotonou has organised a two-week exhibition of works and press cuttings to pay tribute to the late former president of Senegal, Leopold Sedar Senghor, who died 20 December in France at the age of 95. Full text...

  • Artists pay tribute to arts patron Leopold Sedar Senghor
    28 december 2001 19:26:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Artists from Senegal's Daniel Sorano Theatre Thursday evening paid their respects to late former President Leopold Sedar Senghor who died 20 December in France at the age of 95. Full text...

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