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  • Twenty countries to attend music festival in the Congos
    19 july 2001 14:13:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- About 20 countries from Africa and the Diaspora would take part in the 3rd Pan-African Music Festival (FESPAM) 4-11 August in Brazzaville and Kinshasa, the organisers said early this week. Full text...

  • Windhoek hosts two-week sculptures exhibition
    18 july 2001 19:50:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Visitors to a two-week exhibition of sculptures by Marie-Claire Yung Hing and well known Namibian sculptor Erick Schnack have the option of having their portraits sketched by the latter. Full text...

  • Chad wants deputy director post in Afro-Arab Institute
    13 july 2001 15:46:00
    N'djamena- Chad (PANA) -- The Chadian delegation to the just- ended OAU Summit in Lusaka proposed compatriot Abakar Abdelhamid as deputy director general of the Afro-Arab cultural Institute, to be based in Bamako, Mali. Full text...

  • International lute festival next week in Tetouan
    12 july 2001 23:36:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Morocco's third International Lute Festival will be held from 18 to 21 July in the northern Moroccan town of Tetouan. Full text...

  • Local musicians reach milestone
    12 july 2001 21:11:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Local musicians on Thursday reached a milestone when their newly-launched Namibia Music Industry Union (NAMIU) became the 10th affiliate of the National Union of Namibian Workers (NUNW). Full text...

  • UNESCO proposes protection of underwater relics
    11 july 2001 08:02:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The famous lighthouse of Alexandria in Egypt and other historical underwater relics might soon benefit from international legal protection, experts have suggested at the end of a UNESCO-sponsored meeting in Paris. Full text...

  • African-American advises Gambia on US support
    10 july 2001 23:03:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Manuel Pierson, President of the US-based "Fund for African-American Cultural and Educational Solidarity (FACES), says Gambian authorities should step up publicity campaign to win more American support. Full text...

  • Morocco hosts conference on dialogue among cultures
    09 july 2001 21:59:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- An international conference rolls off Tuesday in Rabat, Morocco on dialogue among cultures in a changing world. Full text...

  • Africans take stand at underwater heritage conference
    05 july 2001 22:31:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- African delegates at the on-going UNESCO conference on underwater cultural heritage have issued a paper saying they expect a final convention that protects underwater cultural heritage. Full text...

  • Sudan Mourns Popular Singer
    02 july 2001 23:53:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Sudan on Monday mourned one of its most popular singers, Sayyid Khalifa, who died in a heart hospital in Amma, Jordan at age 73. Full text...

  • Experts discuss underwater cultural heritage
    02 july 2001 21:39:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Experts of UNESCO's member countries, who on Monday resumed discussions in Paris on the Convention for Protection of Underwater Cultural Heritage, said they expect to reach a consensus on the issue by the end of deliberations 7 July. Full text...

  • Girl kills brother to stop FGM attempt
    29 june 2001 15:35:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A 25-year-old Kenyan paid with his life Thursday for his crude attempt to have his teenaged sister circumcised by force, the East African Standard reported Friday. Full text...

  • Benin, Togolese officials discuss archive management
    28 june 2001 23:49:00
    Porto Novo- Benin (PANA) -- A meeting of Togolese and Benin archivists is underway in Porto-Novo, on the management of private archives in a liberalised economy. Full text...

  • Douala (Cameroon) gets Islamic cultural centre
    26 june 2001 23:15:00
    Douala- Cameroon (PANA) -- An Islamic cultural centre has been inaugurated in Cameroon's coastal city of Douala. Full text...

  • Ethiopian film, two others to set the pace at Zanzibar festival
    25 june 2001 20:59:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Three films including Ethiopia's "The Father" have been selected to officially open the Zanzibar international film festival (ZIFF) scheduled to begin 29 July. Full text...

  • Deputy PM sues for revival of Namibian culture
    24 june 2001 17:28:00
    Berseba- Namibia (PANA) -- Deputy Prime Minister Hendrik Witbooi has enjoined Nama-speaking Namibians to revive, practise and preserve their culture for future generations. Full text...

  • Zanzibar sways to the rhythm of the dhow
    24 june 2001 16:36:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Musicians and film makers from different nations of the Indian Ocean will rub shoulders at the Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF), beginning 29 June, at an annual event that offers audiences and impresarios a direct taste of exciting new talents and styles. Full text...

  • Chadian groups to attend DR Congo drama festival
    24 june 2001 14:28:00
    N'djamena- Chad (PANA) -- Two drama groups from Chad are taking part in the sixth edition of the International Actors' Festival (FIA) being held from 23 June to 3 July in Kinshasa, the Democratic Republic of Congo. Full text...

  • Zanzibar ready to embrace film festival
    24 june 2001 11:57:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Musicians and filmmakers from different nations will rub shoulders at the two-week Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF) starting on Friday. Full text...

  • Solar eclipse worries witchdoctors in Zimbabwe
    20 june 2001 12:18:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- While professional and amateur astronomers from around the world are flocking to Zimbabwe to see the solar eclipse due there Thursday, the country's traditional medicine men said Wednesday they were deeply worried by the spectacle, warning it was a bad omen. Full text...

  • Showcasing British, South African fashion
    19 june 2001 07:25:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Reflecting the culture and heritage of two countries, Fashion Iziko, a celebration of fashion and creative styles of the UK and South Africa, began in Cape Town on Monday. Full text...

  • Culture ministerial conference opens in Cotonou
    15 june 2001 19:37:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The third conference of French- speaking ministers of culture is underway in Cotonou with participants from some 55 countries discussing cultural diversity within the Francophonie. Full text...

  • Experts' meeting opens in Cotonou
    13 june 2001 22:53:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Experts from Francophonie member countries Wednesday in Cotonou began preparations for the organisation's third conference of Culture ministers expected to discuss cultural diversity 14-15 June in the Benin capital. Full text...

  • UNESCO honours long-serving Ghanaian official
    13 june 2001 21:28:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- UNESCO Wednesday honoured the Secretary General of Ghana's National Commission for UNESCO, John Kusi Achampong, for his commitment and devotion to the service of the UN agency. Full text...

  • Sudan stages first fashion show
    12 june 2001 22:07:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- The big crowd that packed the hall of the Holiday Villa Hotel Monday was amazed to see Sudanese girls grace their presence on the traditional catwalk in the country's first fashion show. Full text...

  • Francophone village opens in Cotonou
    12 june 2001 15:21:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- A francophone village, set up as part of preparations for this week's ministerial conference on culture for French-speaking countries, was inaugurated Monday in Cotonou. Full text...

  • Acclaimed artist holds major exhibition
    12 june 2001 13:00:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- An internationally renowned South African artist, Joe Maseko, has just completed a collection of 11 works which are on sale at the Absa Gallery in Johannesburg this week. Full text...

  • Swiss Afro-singer drops hint of new album
    12 june 2001 08:25:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Famara works on another album for Gambia Thomi Nikles, the Swiss reggae sensation who took Gambia as his African music roots, is set to present the Smiling Coast with a second album. Full text...

  • Grant to encourage excellence in South African Arts
    12 june 2001 07:40:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's Arts, Culture, Science and Technology Minister Ben Ngubane announced Tuesday that R10 million would be made to the National Arts Council (NAC) for special arts companies. Full text...

  • Djibril Tamsir Niane elected head of UCAO
    11 june 2001 15:35:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Guinean historian and writer Djibril Tamsir Niane was on Sunday elected to head the West Africa Researchers' Union. Full text...

  • Senegalese University hosts symposium on African Languages
    10 june 2001 15:54:00
    Saint-Louis- Senegal (PANA) -- A symposium on cohabitation strategies for languages and literature in Francophone Africa would hold next Wednesday in Senegal's Gaston Berger University in St Louis. Full text...

  • Conference speaker blames Ivorian campus violence on mascot
    07 june 2001 13:59:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- A guest speaker at a conference on the crisis bedevilling the Ivorian education system has indicted the emblem of Abidjan University - a mask - as the mystical force behind a recent spate of violence on campus. Full text...

  • Seventh sacred music festival ends Saturday
    06 june 2001 15:29:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- The seventh edition of the World Festival of Sacred Music, which opened last Saturday in Fes, will end on June. Full text...

  • Acclaimed South African artist exhibits in New York
    06 june 2001 08:21:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The first American retrospective of internationally acclaimed South African artist William Kentridge, has opened at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York and will remain on view until mid-September. Full text...

  • Morocco to host popular arts festival in June
    05 june 2001 15:02:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- The 37th edition of the National Popular Arts Festival (FNAP) will be held from 6 to 15 June in the southern Moroccan city of Marrakech on the theme: "Les Chants de l'Atlas" (Atlas Songs). Full text...

  • Benin's Afrik'Uny performs in Libreville, Gabon
    04 june 2001 12:53:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin's music group Afrik'Uny is in Libreville, Gabon taking part in the festival of cultures that rolled off at the weekend, sources close to the band said. Full text...

  • Academy of African Languages for Mali
    30 may 2001 21:49:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- African linguists from the Gambia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, America and Europe, have agreed to create an Academy of African Languages in Mali. Full text...

  • Francophonie agency props film industry in the South
    30 may 2001 19:22:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The Intergovernmental Agency of the Francophonie has announced the disbursement of 5,620,000 French Francs to support the production of 25 new films and other audio- visual productions in developing member countries. Full text...

  • Showcase of Cape Verde culture in Rotterdam
    29 may 2001 23:32:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Cape Verdian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Co-operation, Manuel Inocencio Sousa, flies to Rotterdam, in the Netherlands Friday for the official opening of a special cultural programme for Cape Verdians in the Dutch city. Full text...

  • Africa to miss Bebey's unique touch
    29 may 2001 22:08:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Several French papers Tuesday paid homage to Cameroonian composer and writer Francis Bebey, who died Monday morning in Paris at the age of 72, sending shock waves among his admirers and the world of African music. Full text...

  • African cartoonists to hold convention in Douala
    29 may 2001 21:36:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Cartoonists from notably Gabon, Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya and host country Cameroon will 4-8 June meet in the coastal city of Douala in their second convention. Full text...

  • UNESCO Board begins crucial meeting
    28 may 2001 19:55:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- UNESCO's Executive Board began its 161st session Monday focusing on the UN agency's draft programmes and budget for 2002-2003. Full text...

  • Minister calls for African cultural policy to enhance unity
    27 may 2001 14:22:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The Burkina Faso culture and arts minister Mohamoudou Ouedraogo Saturday challenged African countries to develop an African cultural policy to promote a deeper understanding and tolerance among fellow Africans. Full text...

  • Bald-headed Senegalese beauty wins prestigious award
    27 may 2001 10:31:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Senegal's Ramatoulaye Diallo won the prestigious 2001 M-Net Face of Africa competition at a glittering ceremony at Sun City Saturday night. Full text...

  • Diplomats Organise African Crafts Exhibition
    21 may 2001 22:01:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Togolese Prime Minister Agbeyomi Kodjo said Monday that this year's Africa Day should be observed with genuine determination to promote democracy and respect for human rights on the continent. Full text...

  • African communities get UNESCO masterpiece acclaim
    18 may 2001 22:13:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The oral and musical heritages of three African communities are among 19 cultural spaces and forms of expression to which UNESCO Friday gave the title of "masterpieces of the oral and intangible heritage of humanity. Full text...

  • UNESCO proclaims masterpieces of oral, intangible heritage
    18 may 2001 21:55:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- UNESCO director general Koichiro Matsuura Friday proclaimed 19 cultural spaces from various regions of the world as masterpieces of oral and intangible heritage of humanity at a ceremony attended by Malian President Alpha Konare. Full text...

  • South Africa puts national archives on the Internet
    16 may 2001 19:13:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A system enabling Internet users to retrieve information from the National Archives of South Africa has been launched by Arts, Culture, Science and Technology minister Ben Ngubane. Full text...

  • Mali publishes new tourist guide
    14 may 2001 19:29:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- "A Mali of Talents" is the title of a new tourist guide on Mali published by "Editions Cauris. Full text...

  • Benin's school drama festival opens Thursday
    14 may 2001 14:26:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The sixth edition of Benin's school drama festival takes place from 17 to 19 May in Cotonou, the organisers said Monday. Full text...

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