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  • Nigerian business agency, film industry sign MOU (Corrected)
    14 june 2011 10:14:09
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) has pledged its support for the development of the film industry in Nigeria, through the National Economic Reconstruction Fund (NERFUND), according to the agency's Director-General, Muhammad Nadada Umar. Full text...

  • Forty-three African dancers end training in Senegal
    11 june 2011 12:57:55
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Forty-three dancers from 20 African countries on Friday evening put on a one-hour show as they crowned their two-month training at Ecole des Sables at Toubab Dialaw, about 50 km south of Dakar Full text...

  • Malian filmmaker to head MDG's film festival jury
    10 june 2011 18:14:45
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - Internationally-renowned filmmaker and Mali's former minister of Culture, Cheick Oumar Sissoko, has been named chairman of the jury which will award prizes Full text...

  • Two Senegalese musicians to perform at Stade de France
    08 june 2011 21:49:54
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Senegalese musicians Baaba Maal and Coumba Gawlo Seck will on Saturday attend the humanitarian concert dubbed "La nuit Africaine" (The African evening) at Stade de France in Paris, a statement made available to PANA said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • WIPO to help West African musicians
    08 june 2011 20:05:19
    New York, US (PANA) - The Director-General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Francis Gurry, on Wednesday announced a project to help musical artists in 11 West African countries to get paid for their work through a single, standardised registration system. Full text...

  • Revolution slashes number of students for 2011 baccalaureate exam in Tunisia
    08 june 2011 09:29:37
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - The number of students due to sit for the baccalaureate examination in Tunisia has reduced from 138,464 in 2010 to 126,767 this year, PANA reported. Full text...

  • Belgium grants Burundi 4.5m euros for higher education
    07 june 2011 12:05:08
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - The State University of Burundi and the Belgian Flemish Universities were due to launch later Tuesday a cooperation programme worth US$4.5 million over the next ten years, according to a statement from the Belgian Embassy in Bujumbura. Full text...

  • Paris to host night of African music Saturday
    06 june 2011 13:44:15
    Paris, France (PANA) - Several African music stars, including Mali’s Mory Kante, Senegal's Baaba Maal, and Ivorian Alpha Blondy, are to feature in an African music night, slated for Saturday at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, near Paris, PANA learnt here Monday from the organizers. Full text...

  • Remains of popular Mauritanian singer flown home from France
    05 june 2011 19:46:33
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – The remains of popular Mauritanian singer, Dimi Mint Sydatt Ould Abba, who died Saturday in Paris, France, were flown home Sunday, official sources revealed. Full text...

  • Egypt to boost cultural ties with Africa
    05 june 2011 08:35:11
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - Egypt's culture minister, Dr. Emad Abu Ghazi, affirmed here on Saturday that Egypt was seeking to enhance and build strong cultural ties with all African countries. Full text...

  • Popular Gabonese film producer/director passes on
    04 june 2011 12:59:00
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The chairman of the Pan-African Federation of Film-Directors (FEPACI), Gabonese producer and director, Charles Mensah died Friday in a private hospital in Libreville, the Gabonese capital, at the age of 63, a press release from the country's video and record Institute (IGIS) made available to PANA said. Full text...

  • Mauritania to create fund to promote culture, sports
    03 june 2011 17:38:24
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - The Mauritanian government is to create a fund to support culture, youth and sports, one per cent of which will come from resources accruing from customs' revenues, the minister of culture, youth and sports, Mrs. Cissé Mint Cheikh El Boidé, announced Thursday. Full text...

  • Teaching of English to be compulsory in Senegal
    03 june 2011 11:30:52
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade plans to make English language a compulsory subject in the country’s primary and secondary schools, as well as in vocational institutes. Full text...

  • Planned movies to boost Tunisia's tourism
    26 may 2011 12:02:06
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - The planned shooting of two movies in Tunisia by world-acclaimed movie star Antonio Banderas is expected to boost the country's image as a tourist and film destination, analysts said. Full text...

  • Chinese opera star Zhang Jun named UNESCO Artist for Peace
    23 may 2011 16:15:26
    Paris, France (PANA) - UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova, will designate Chinese opera performer Zhang Jun as the UNESCO Artist for Peace for a period of two years. Full text...

  • UNESCO to get 3 new goodwill ambassadors
    23 may 2011 16:01:43
    Paris, France (PANA) - Three Brazilians -- businessman Nizan Guanaes, designer Oskar Metsavaht and artist Vik Muniz -- will be named UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors for a period of two years by Director-General Irina Bokova at a ceremony on 27 May at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France. Full text...

  • Film festival highlights rights of Congolese women (Corrected)
    20 may 2011 17:14:21
    Paris, France (PANA) - A film devoted to the fight against discrimination against women in Congo, called the Boulistes, was presented in the Short Film Corner category of the International Film Festival in Cannes, France, PANA learnt Friday from the series producer, David Lawson. Full text...

  • Paris Film festival highlights rights of Congolese women
    20 may 2011 16:11:11
    Paris, France (PANA) - A film devoted to the fight against discrimination against women in Congo, called the Boulistes, was presented in the Short Film Corner category of the International Film Festival in Cannes, France, PANA learnt Friday from the series producer, David Lawson. Full text...

  • Senegal licenses sixth private TV channel
    18 may 2011 11:31:25
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The Citizen Media Group of Senegal has been licensed to operate a television channel, to be called "Africa 7", according to a statement issued by the group here. Full text...

  • Renovate museums to attract tourists, says DRC tourism official
    17 may 2011 17:18:43
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - Museums can become attractive tourist destinations if they are renovated, the Director General of the National Museum of DR Congo, Joseph Ibongo, declared Tuesday in Kinshasa. Full text...

  • UNESCO to consider 80 documentaries for inscription on World Memory register
    16 may 2011 15:54:09
    Paris, France (PANA) - More than 80 remarkable documentary items and collections from all parts of the world will be considered for inscription on the Memory of the World Register during a meeting of experts of the International Advisory Committee (IAC) of UNESCO’S Memory of the World Programme in Manchester, United Kingdom, from 22-25 May. Full text...

  • Tunis hosts 2011 Albert Londres Prize awards
    15 may 2011 18:01:39
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - The Tunis Municipal Theater on Saturday hosted the 2011 Albert Londres awards ceremony in tribute to the 14 JanuaryTunisian revolution that toppled the regime of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. Full text...

  • Malians pay tribute to Amadou Hampaté Bâ
    14 may 2011 16:06:35
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Malians are thuis weekend paying tribute to their celebrated writer and researcher, Amadou Hampaté Bâ, as they mark the 20th anniversary of his passing with a series of activities including an artistes' night, a roundtable and exhibition. Full text...

  • Harmattan publishes two books of Amadou Mokhtar Mbow
    11 may 2011 21:29:32
    Paris, France (PANA) – Two books written by Amadou Mathar MBow, the former Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), have been published by Harmattan, the publishing house announced on Wednesday in Paris. Full text...

  • Chadian film maker to serve as jury member for Cannes cinema festival
    11 may 2011 14:26:32
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The Chadian filmmaker, Mahamat Saleh Haroun is the only African member of the jury of the 64th edition of the Cannes Cinema Festival in France, due to begin Wednesday. Full text...

  • 3,000 people expected at 5th International Festival of Rails in Kayes, Mali
    11 may 2011 14:12:15
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - More than 3,000 participants are expected from 1 to 5 June in Kayes, in western Mali, for the fifth International Festival of Rails (FIRKA), PANA learnt from the organizers. Full text...

  • UNESCO considers 42 sites for inscription on World Heritage List in June
    05 may 2011 17:07:24
    Paris, France (PANA) - Remarkable natural and cultural properties from 40 countries will be considered for inscription on UNESCO’s World Heritage List during the meeting of the World Heritage Committee in Paris, France, between 19 and 29 June, a news release made available to PANA said Thursday. Full text...

  • Dakar hosts int'l symposium in honour of UNESCO's ex-DG
    04 may 2011 19:27:33
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - An international symposium will be held from 10 to 12 May in Dakar, Senegal, as part of the celebrations marking the 90th birthday anniversary of the former Director General of UNESCO, Amadou-Makhtar Mbow of Senegal, the first Vice-Chairman of the Organising Committee, General Muhammadu Mansour Seck, announced here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Lagos stands still for Carnival 2011
    01 may 2011 15:02:40
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Lagos, Nigeria's commercial capital, was agog all day Saturday as Lagosians from all walks of life gathered on the major streets to participate in this year’s carnival, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • History student wins 2nd griot festival in Togo
    29 april 2011 17:37:22
    Lome, Togo (PANA) - Togolese Kanan Maleki, a 25-year-old history student, has won the second annual Griot National Festival held in Pagouda, northern Togo, PANA learned Friday in Lome from cultural sources. Full text...

  • Casamance hosts sub-regional Youth Festival for Peace
    29 april 2011 17:30:09
    Ziguinchor, Senegal (PANA) - A major sub-regional Festival for Peace, bringing together young people from Senegal, Gambia and Guinea-Bissau, kicked off Thursday in the town of Sindian, a village in the Casamance (southern Senegal), on the border with Gambia, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Ivorian reggea star, Alpha Blondy criticizes Ivoirianness
    28 april 2011 18:23:10
    Conakry, Guinea (PANA) - World renowned reggae star, Alpha Blondy of Cote d'Ivoire, on Thursday condemned the concept of "Ivorite" or "Ivonianness", which, according to him, has been the source of all ills in his country for over a decade. Full text...

  • Senegal to unveil national development plan for intellectual property
    26 april 2011 19:13:41
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – A national development plan for intellectual property (PNDPI), covering the period 2011-2015, will soon be unveiled in Senegal, according to an official of the ministry of Mines, Industry, Food-processing and Small and Medium-seized companies, Emmanuel René Moïse. Full text...

  • Senegal's National Theatre will allow revisit of African, world history
    16 april 2011 18:23:56
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade said in Dakar on Friday that the newly-inaugurated National Theatre in his country would allow the revisit of the history of Africa and the world. Full text...

  • Malian President bags Kéba Mbaye Prize in Senegal
    12 april 2011 18:38:20
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The Kéba Mbaye Foundation has awarded the Kéba Mbaye Award for Ethics to the Malian President, Amadou Toumani Touré, for making his country an exemplary democracy, according to a communiqué from the Malian presidency on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Sudanese actor to receive 2010 UNESCO-Sharjah Prize for Arab Culture
    07 april 2011 15:43:57
    Paris, France (PANA) - Sudanese actor and theatre director, Ali Mahdi Nouri, and French professor, Cherif Khaznadar, have been awarded the 2010 UNESCO-Sharjah Prize for Arab Culture, according to a statement from the UN agency in Paris, France. Full text...

  • France, Tunisia sign cultural pact
    03 april 2011 12:51:11
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Tunisia and France on Saturday in Tunis signed an agreement, tagged the “Tunis Declaration”, to strengthen cultural cooperation between the two countries. Full text...

  • Popular Senegalese singer dies
    31 march 2011 17:10:37
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Senegalese singer Marie Ndiaye Ndèye Gawlo died Thursday morning in Dakar after a brief illness, PANA learnt from sources. Full text...

  • Sudanese Minister of Culture arrives in Nouakchott
    30 march 2011 14:03:45
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Sudanese Minister of Culture, Samaouel Khalifalla, arrived Wednesday in Nouakchott for a visit aimed at strengthening the cultural cooperation between the two countries. Full text...

  • 2.3-metre high sculpture donated to Léopold Senghor Museum
    28 march 2011 17:25:52
    Paris, France (PANA) - A 2.3-metre high sculpture of the famous Franco-American artist, Armand-Pierre Fernandez, nicknamed Arman, will be offered to Senegal as part of the Léopold Sédar Senghor Museum, the donor of the work, French historian, Gérard Bosio, told PANA here Monday. Full text...

  • Mali boycotts ongoing Paris Tourism Fair
    24 march 2011 17:12:35
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Mali is not participating in the Paris Tourism Fair which opened Thursday, at the Porte de Versailles, to protest against the decision by France banning its nationals from traveling to some Malian regions considered as "dangerous", PANA learnt here from the Malian Ministry of Crafts and Tourism. Full text...

  • Authors from Cogo Basin feature at Paris book exhibition
    21 march 2011 14:55:34
    Paris, France (PANA) - Authors drawn from countries within the Congo Basin featured prominently at the 2011 edition of the Paris Book Exhibition that ended Monday in the French capital, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • UNESCO DG welcomes suspension of oil prospecting at Virunga National Park in DRC
    18 march 2011 18:36:27
    Paris, France (PANA) - The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, has welcomed the announcement by the Minister for Environment, Nature Conservation and Tourism of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), José Endundo Bononge, that the government had suspended prospecting for oil at the Virunga National Park, inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 1979. Full text...

  • UNESCO mobilizes experts, civil society partners to safeguard heritage in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya
    16 march 2011 18:59:44
    Paris, France (PANA) - UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, has called for the mobilization of all of the Organization’s partners to ensure the safeguarding of cultural heritage in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya. Full text...

  • Egypt says 54 artifacts stolen
    16 march 2011 09:08:40
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - The Egyptian museum has announced the theft of 54 artifacts by looters on the 28 of January, tagged the Friday of Rage, that saw the withdrawal of police forces from the streets of Cairo and the entire country during the country's revolution. Full text...

  • Paris to host conference on illegal trafficking of cultural goods
    14 march 2011 21:47:11
    Paris, France (PANA) – The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) will on Tuesday hold a conference in Paris to celebrate the 40th anniversary marking the convention on illegal trafficking of cultural goods. Full text...

  • Mo Ibrahim presents scholarships to young Africans
    11 march 2011 11:47:58
    Paris, France (PANA) - Sudanese businessman Mo Ibrahim Friday in Paris inaugurated the scholarships programme for distinguished young Africans. Full text...

  • UNESCO to mark 40 years of fighting illicit trafficking in cultural goods
    10 march 2011 15:26:39
    Paris, France (PANA) - UNESCO will organize a seminar in Paris, France, on 15-16 March to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Convention prohibiting and preventing the illicit import, export and transfer of ownership of cultural property, the UN organization said in a press release issued in the French capital Thursday. Full text...

  • Nigerian wins ECOWAS prize for integration at FESPACO
    10 march 2011 14:54:18
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria’s Mac Kusare has won the ECOWAS prize for integration at the just-concluded 22nd Pan African Film and Television Festival (FESPACO) which ended 5 March in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, ECOWAS said in a press release, received by PANA here Thursday. Full text...

  • Sierra Leonean, South African are finalists in Commonwealth writers’ competition
    04 march 2011 09:49:10
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Sierra Leonean and South African writers have reached the finals of the 2011 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize competition, after being adjudged top in the African Regional competition. Full text...

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