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  • Mali to host African photography exhibition in November
    18 july 2011 21:10:09
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – The ninth edition of the African Photography Biennial will take place from 1-7 November in Bamako, the capital of Mali, sources close to the organisers said on Monday. Full text...

  • US film directors expected at Rwanda Hillywood
    15 july 2011 17:01:42
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Nine American film directors are expected at the sixth annual film festival in Rwanda, which starts 23 July with film makers from a dozen countries participating, PANA learnt Friday from the organizers. Full text...

  • Congo's president justifies decision to halt FESPAM
    12 july 2011 10:57:38
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - Congolese President Denis Sassou Nguesso has justified his decision to halt the eighth Pan African Music Festival (FESPAM), after the death of seven people in a stampede Saturday night at the entrance of the Felix Eboue stadium, during the opening of the cultural event. Full text...

  • Congo halts FESPAM after stadium stampede killed 7
    11 july 2011 13:53:00
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The Congolese government has halted the eighth edition of the Panafrican Music Festival (FESPAM) following the death of seven persons Saturday night in a stampede at the entrance of the Felix Eboue stadium in Poto-Poto, central Brazzaville. Full text...

  • Jazz legend Herbie Hancock to be named UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador
    08 july 2011 16:22:38
    Paris, France (PANA) - UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova will designate American jazz musician, Herbie Hancock, as UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador in a ceremony at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France, on 22 July. Full text...

  • Francophone academics meet in Brazzaville
    07 july 2011 12:30:30
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - An international conference of the Francophonie is being held in the Congolese capital, Brazzaville, as part of the activities marking the 50th anniversary of the Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF), PANA reports from here. Full text...

  • Five African sites inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List
    01 july 2011 22:18:08
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Five African sites were inscribed on the World Heritage List of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) during the 35th annual meeting of the World Heritage Committee held on 19-29 June in Paris, according to a statement obtained by PANA on Friday. Full text...

  • Malagasy, 9 others named UNESCO's MAB laureates
    01 july 2011 14:29:47
    Dresden, Germany (PANA) - Heriosa Razakanirina of Madagascar Friday emerged one of the 10 persons named laureates of the Young Scientists Awards by the International Coordinating Council of the Man and the Biosphere Programme of UNESCO (MAB), meeting from 28 June to 1 July in Dresden, Germany. Full text...

  • 250 artistes expected at 3rd int'l festival of Timbuktu
    30 june 2011 19:29:50
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – Over 250 participants from around the world will take part in the third international festival of Timbuktu (TIF), scheduled for 3 to 5 July, organizers told PANA here Thursday. Full text...

  • 18 new Biosphere Reserves added to UNESCO’s MAB programme
    30 june 2011 14:43:45
    Dresden, Germany (PANA) - The International Coordinating Council of UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB), meeting in Dresden (Germany) from 28 June to 1 July, has added 18 new sites to the World Network of Biosphere Reserves (WNBR), which now numbers 580 sites in 14 countries, including Ghana and Togo. Full text...

  • Bangkok designated World Book Capital 2013
    29 june 2011 09:40:13
    Paris, France (PANA) - Bangkok, the capital of Thailand, has been designated the World Book Capital 2013, according to UNESCO which indicated that the city was selected by a committee of representatives from the three main branches of the publishing world and UNESCO. Full text...

  • 25 new properties inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List
    29 june 2011 09:01:19
    Paris, France (PANA) - The World Heritage Committee has inscribed a total of 25 sites, five of them in Africa, on UNESCO’s World Heritage List, including three natural properties, 21 cultural sites and one mixed one, the UN agency said Tuesday in a press statement from its Paris, France, headquarters. Full text...

  • Sites in Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, others inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List
    27 june 2011 15:23:33
    Paris, France (PANA) - The Konso Cultural Landscape in Ethiopia, the Fort Jesus, Mombasa in Kenya, and the Archaeological Sites of the Island of Meroe in Sudan have been added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List. Full text...

  • Senegalese artist, wrestling promoter Mbassou Niang dies
    27 june 2011 11:42:43
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Manager of Senegalese musician Baaba Maal, Oumar Niang, popular known as Mbassou, died Sunday evening in Dakar at the age of 56, PANA reported. Full text...

  • Senegal’s Saloum Delta inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List
    24 june 2011 19:04:27
    Paris, France (PANA) - The World Heritage Committee has inscribed Saloum Delta (in Senegal) and its vestiges of more than two millennia of human occupation on the UNESCO’s World Heritage List, the UN agency announced here Friday. Full text...

  • Kenyan lake inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List
    24 june 2011 14:45:05
    Paris, France (PANA) - The World Heritage Committee has inscribed the Kenya Lake System in the Great Rift Valley and Australia’s Ningaloo Coast on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. Full text...

  • UNESCO joins iTunes U
    22 june 2011 18:43:32
    Paris, France (PANA) - UNESCO has joined "iTunes U" with a wealth of new educational material providing free access to UNESCO’s rich multimedia content, the UN organization announced from its hedquarters in Paris, France. Full text...

  • Arts exhibition opens in Kigali
    21 june 2011 20:53:36
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) – A week-long exhibition by young Rwandan painters and other craftsmen has opened in Kigali to mobilize actors from the sector to work with professionalism and promote the export of their products, local sources told PANA on Tuesday. Full text...

  • UNESCO wants national education system developed in South Sudan
    21 june 2011 13:42:14
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - On the eve of South Sudan’s independence, UNESCO has called on the international community to act with a greater sense of urgency in supporting the development of a national education system, the UN body said in a press statement, released Tuesday in Juba, the capital of South Sudan. Full text...

  • UNESCO scrutinizes World Heritage sites
    20 june 2011 14:45:35
    Paris, France (PANA) - The future of the World Heritage Convention ahead of its 40th anniversary next year and the growing challenges of heritage preservation were the key themes Monday at the opening addresses of the 35th session of the World Heritage Committee at UNESCO in Paris, France. Full text...

  • American film star to be named UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador
    16 june 2011 19:26:08
    Paris, France (PANA) - UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova will designate American actor, director and producer, Forest Whitaker, as UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Peace and Reconciliation, the UN organization said in a press statement from its headquarters in Paris, France, Thursday. Full text...

  • Senegalese President rejects summit against Françafrique in Dakar
    16 june 2011 18:44:52
    Paris, France (PANA) - The President of Senegal, Abdoulaye Wade has turned down requests to hold an international summit in Dakar against Françfriquea, insisting that the subject was too sensitive on the eve of the 2012 presidential election in the country, reliable sources told PANA here Thursday. Full text...

  • Ivorian reggae star holds African week in France
    14 june 2011 18:16:21
    Paris, France (PANA) - The Ivorian reggae star, Tiken Jah Fakoly, is holding an African week in France, marked among others by film screenings, book presentations and concerts. It will run till Saturday. Full text...

  • Nigerian business agency, film industry signs MOU
    14 june 2011 11:12:03
    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...

  • 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...

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