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  • Journalist opposes return of Black Americans
    02 october 2001 20:37:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Benin journalist Paul Martial Tévoedjrè has published a booklet arguing against a project to return 6 000 Black Americans to Benin. Full text...

  • Matsuura urges understanding among cultures
    02 october 2001 20:17:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- In the wake of the 11 September terrorist attacks in the US, UNESCO Director General Koichiro Matsuura Tuesday called for better understanding of true civilisations and the need to eschew prejudice. Full text...

  • 4th African photographers meeting to convene in Bamako
    02 october 2001 13:24:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- About 30 African photographers would take part in the month-long fourth meeting of African photography beginning 15 October in Bamako, the ministry of culture said in a statement. Full text...

  • Malagasy flutist Rakoto Frah dies
    01 october 2001 21:30:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- the great flutist, Rakoto Frah, died Saturday in Ravoahangy Andrianavalona Hospital in Antananarivo at the age of 76 following heart problems, the regional press agency MATERA said Monday. Full text...

  • Annual Carthage concert opens Monday
    30 september 2001 17:20:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- The annual concert in Carthage opens on 1 October with the 'Musiques Vivantes en Méditerranée' symphony orchestra featuring music by Edward Elgar, Ouanes Khligene, Antonio Vivaldi and Solhi Al Wadi. Full text...

  • Benin to host fourth "Roots" drama festival
    28 september 2001 21:15:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Seven countries are expected to participate in the fourth sub-regional "Roots" drama festival in Benin from 4-29 October, the organisers disclosed Friday in Cotonou. Full text...

  • Former official publishes book on Thomas Sankara
    27 september 2001 22:25:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- A book tracing the life of Burkina Faso's former President Thomas Sankara, who was assassinated in October 1987, has just been published by a former official in his office, Alfred Sawadogo. Full text...

  • CBS sued over Survivor III TV programme
    25 september 2001 14:55:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Local communities living in and around Kenya's world-famous Shaba Game Reserve in the northern area of Isiolo, have gone to court seeking 100 million shillings in compensation (1. Full text...

  • Film to recapture Ethiopian famine
    24 september 2001 10:30:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- A US entertainment company, Lions Gate Entertainment, will soon produce part of a feature film, "Beyond Borders," in Ethiopia. Full text...

  • Benin artist performs at Francopholies festival
    22 september 2001 18:57:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin comedian and manager of the Wassangari theatre group, Marcel Orou Fico, is representing the country at the 18th Francopholies Festival in Limoges, France, sources at the French Cultural Centre in Cotonou hinted Saturday. Full text...

  • Fundraising drive for film on Nujoma's life launched
    22 september 2001 12:44:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- A fundraising drive to turn President Sam Nujoma life story into a movie was launched Friday in the Windhoek, the Namibian capital. Full text...

  • Book revisits sufferings of coloureds in South Africa, Namibia
    21 september 2001 23:20:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- A book providing insight into the pain and sufferings endured by Coloureds in Namibia and South Africa during the colonial era was launched Friday in Windhoek. Full text...

  • EU supporting film industry in ACP countries
    21 september 2001 21:48:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The European Union (EU) is to contribute six million euro over the next three years to the development of the film industry in the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries. Full text...

  • DR Congo, China sign accord on cultural co-operation
    20 september 2001 23:50:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- DR Congo and China have signed a three-year agreement on cultural co-operation, Congolese Culture and Arts Minister, Marthe Ngalula said in Kinshasa. Full text...

  • Organisers bill 8th FITD for next February
    19 september 2001 22:17:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- The 8th edition of the International Festival of Theatre for Development (FITD) has been slated for 18-28 February 2002 in Ouagadougou. Full text...

  • International jazz festival opens in Tangier
    14 september 2001 15:29:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- The second international jazz festival of Tangier will start on Friday and be held until 21 September in this seaport city on the Straits of Gibraltar. Full text...

  • Benin hosts African museum specialists' meeting
    14 september 2001 13:25:00
    Porto Novo- Benin (PANA) -- Museum specialists from 10 African countries are meeting in Porto Novo, Benin to establish a working methodology that could be used by the School of African Patrimony to implement the UNESCO/World Tourism Organisation's "Road To Slavery" project. Full text...

  • Tangiers hosts international jazz festival
    13 september 2001 23:31:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- The second Tangiers international jazz festival opens Friday and continues until 21 September in the port city on the strait of Gibraltar. Full text...

  • Konare inaugurates African languages academy
    11 september 2001 21:50:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Malian President Alpha Oumar Konare on Tuesday highlighted the importance of African languages in the continent's development efforts. Full text...

  • African historians meet in Bamako
    10 september 2001 20:24:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Malian President Alpha Oumar Konare has denounced the isolation of African historians due to the inactivity of their association. Full text...

  • Play focuses on racism and reconciliation
    04 september 2001 23:17:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- Personal stories of Apartheid brutality, injustice and the complex issues of truth and reconciliation are being staged on the sidelines of the World Conference against Racism holding in Durban. Full text...

  • Conservationist proposes African Museum
    04 september 2001 17:20:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A senior conservationist and former Kenya Wildlife Service director, Dr Richard Leakey, has proposed the creation of an African museum to help change the face of the continent in the world. Full text...

  • Liberia undertakes "slave trade route" study
    04 september 2001 15:40:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Liberia's education ministry has commissioned a nation-wide feasibility study to identify and locate sites, places and objects linked to the "Transatlantic Slave Route," an official said in Monrovia Tuesday. Full text...

  • Folk groups entertain banquet guests at Kadhafi's residence
    02 september 2001 11:52:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Folk groups from Egypt, Senegal, Algeria, Eritrea and Sudan have performed at a banquet hosted by Colonel Kadhaffi in honour of leaders from Benin, Sudan, Chad and Zimbabwe. Full text...

  • 1,400 African artists perform at Libyan anniversary
    01 september 2001 16:19:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Some 1,400) folk dance artists from 43 African countries performed Friday in Tripoli as part of festivities marking celebrations 32nd anniversary of the Libyan revolution. Full text...

  • Windhoek plans Cultural Festival
    30 august 2001 16:10:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- In a bid to promote Namibia's culture, Windhoek the capital city, plans an annual arts and culture Festival. Full text...

  • Michel Houellebecq's book sparks off controversy
    29 august 2001 19:54:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Several anti- sexual and racial discrimination organisations have reacted angrily against Michel Houellebecq's book, "Plate-forme" published by Flammarion in Paris, on the eve of the world conference against racism (WCAR). Full text...

  • Congolese musician stranded in Nairobi over visa fees
    23 august 2001 13:26:00
    NaAIROBI- Kenya (PANA) -- Congolese musician Werra Son and his Wenge Musica troupe are stranded in Nairobi owing to non-payment of 92,000 Kenyan shillings (about 1,180 US dollars) in visa fees. Full text...

  • Namibia gets draft Policy on culture
    22 august 2001 19:32:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- The Namibian Cabinet has approved a draft Policy on Arts and Culture for the country. Full text...

  • DR Congo wants to ban TV broadcasting of Nigerian movies
    21 august 2001 23:13:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The DR Congo government is about to ban Nigerian movies for portraying only "occult forces, sorcerers, wizards and the holders of evil powers. Full text...

  • Foreign students tour Morocco
    20 august 2001 11:07:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Some 100 pupils and students of 36 nationalities Sunday began a four-day caravan to discover Morocco. Full text...

  • Sudan plans folklore museum
    18 august 2001 18:45:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- The Sudanese ministry of culture and tourism has decided to establish a museum for folk music instruments, dances and attires. Full text...

  • Conference to spotlight Afro-Brazilian links
    17 august 2001 17:28:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Ahead of an Afro-Brazilian conference slated for November in Cotonou, Benin's permanent Ambassador to UNESCO Alabiyi Babal ola Yai has underscored the importance of studying cultural spin-offs in the return to West Africa of slave descendants from across the Atlantic. Full text...

  • Vera Duarte wins African poetry award
    17 august 2001 11:06:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Cape Verdian writer Vera Duarte has become the first woman to grab the "Tchicaya U Tam SI" African poetry prize. Full text...

  • West African cultural festival opens in Mali
    15 august 2001 15:13:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The 7th Cultural Festival of West African University Clubs of UNESCO (FESCUAO) rolled off Wednesday in Bamako, Mali and would continue through 25 August. Full text...

  • Moroccan delegation balks off youth festival
    11 august 2001 18:05:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Morocco's delegation has stormed off the 15th World Youth Festival in Algiers, protesting what it alleged were physical attacks from the Western Sahara delegation. Full text...

  • Africans from the Diaspora arrive in Cotonou
    10 august 2001 13:04:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- A group of Africans from the Diaspora arrived Friday morning in Cotonou, Benin's business capital, where they were received by His Majesty Onikoyi, king of Africans in the Diaspora and local political leaders. Full text...

  • UNESCO urges solidarity fund for African artists
    08 august 2001 20:32:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has urged African countries to set up and enforce mechanisms for protecting royalties due the continent's artists. Full text...

  • Asilah Festival opens Friday
    02 august 2001 23:39:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Intellectuals, researchers and creators from some ten African countries confirmed their participation at the 23rd edition of the International Cultural Festival of Asilah in northern Morocco, starting Friday. Full text...

  • US donation to restore Liberian museum
    02 august 2001 21:30:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- The US government Thursday donated 15,000 dollars towards the restoration of the national museum in Monrovia devastated by the Liberian civil war. Full text...

  • International cultural festival opens Friday in Morocco
    02 august 2001 15:39:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- A month-long international cultural festival involving over 350 artists, intellectuals, scientists and designers from 30 countries including nine from Africa, opens Friday in Asilah, northern Morocco. Full text...

  • Congolese drama group to attend Afro-Caribbean festival
    01 august 2001 08:43:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- DR Congo's "Palmier" drama group will take part in the second Afro-Caribbean festival slated for 16-31 August in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Full text...

  • South African dancers win international awards
    01 august 2001 08:09:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Thirty-three dancers from the Northern Province Traditional Dancers (NPTD) are back in South Africa after winning several awards in two Folklore Dance competitions in Turkey. Full text...

  • Congo rehabilitating cultural sites with 8 million dollars
    31 july 2001 08:30:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Five world heritage sites in DR Congo are being rehabilitated with about 8 million US dollars from donors, according to Foreign Affairs, Environment and Tourism Minister, Banumuhere Baliene. Full text...

  • Ivorian reggae star performs for compatriots
    28 july 2001 16:32:00
    Abidjan- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian reggae star Ismael Isaac, who sold more than 225,000 copies of his latest album "Black System," goes on stage Saturday for the first time at Abidjan's Hotel Ivoire. Full text...

  • Benin to host conference on Afro-Brazilian heritage
    27 july 2001 20:38:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- A five-day conference on 'Afro- Brazilian' heritage would hold next November in Benin, at the behest of the Benin-based African Heritage School, UNESCO and the Benin Institute of Research Studies on the African Diaspora. Full text...

  • Afro-Brazilian heritage conference set for Benin
    27 july 2001 19:42:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- A five-day conference expected to give an overview of the dimensions of Afro-Brazilian heritage in the Gulf of Benin will be held in Benin starting on 26 November. Full text...

  • Libya recalls 14th Century resistance
    25 july 2001 21:02:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libyans Wednesday dug deep into history to commemorate the country's resistance against a Spanish invasion dating back to 25 July 1510. Full text...

  • Italy expresses commitment to return Axum Obelisk
    25 july 2001 17:09:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Italy and Ethiopia would continue to consolidate efforts toward the repatriation of the Axum Obelisk to Addis Ababa, Radio Ethiopia reported Wednesday, quoting the foreign ministry. Full text...

  • Delay to return Axum Obelisk saddens Ethiopia
    21 july 2001 12:21:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ethiopia has expressed "surprise and sadness" over a statement by Italy's deputy minister of culture, saying Italy would not return the Axum Obelisk to Addis Ababa, Radio Ethiopia reported Saturday quoting the foreign ministry. Full text...

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