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  • EU launches new programme to support culture in ACP countries
    02 march 2011 15:58:20
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The European Union (EU) has launched a new programme to support the cultural sector of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries, with a budget of 30 million euros, an official source in Brussels told PANA here Wednesday. Full text...

  • 'Sub-Saharan Africa makes significant progress towards EFA'
    02 march 2011 11:48:17
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Sub-Saharan Africa has made significant progress towards Education for All (EFA) over the last 10 years, according to the 2011 EFA Global Monitoring Report, released by UNESCO Tuesday. Full text...

  • DR Congo hosts sensitisation tour March, April
    26 february 2011 16:44:05
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - The National Tourism Office (ONT) of DR Congo will, between March and April, hold a tour, tagged "Eductour", to support the North-American tourism professionals, the director of studies of ONT, Mbo Nangeli announced Saturday in Matadi. Full text...

  • 3 Senegalese among 20 best ‘bloggers’ of RFI Mondoblog competition
    26 february 2011 13:51:07
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - A Senegalese journalist, Basile Niane and his three compatriot students have been selected among the 20 best bloggers of the Mondoblog competition, organized by Radio France International, a press release from RFI, made available to PANA said. Full text...

  • 45 Angolan models for 2011 Luanda fashion show
    24 february 2011 16:53:28
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) - A total of 45 models, including 15 males, will attend the 2011 edition of the “Moda Luanda” fashion show, which will bring together the best models in Angola. Full text...

  • Paris to host conference on Senghor in March
    23 february 2011 21:28:07
    Paris, France (PANA) – A conference on the first Senegalese President, Léopold Sédar Senghor, will be organised on 3 March at the Quai Branly Museum in Paris by his compatriot and the philosopher Souleymane Bachir Diagne. Full text...

  • UNESCO to celebrate Mother Language Day
    17 february 2011 21:01:51
    Paris, France (PANA) – The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation will on 21 February celebrate International Mother Language Day aimed at raising awareness of the importance of cultural and linguistic diversity and multilingual education. Full text...

  • Album by 2 Mali musicians wins US Grammy award
    17 february 2011 13:41:28
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The album "Ali and Toumani" by Malian musicians Ali Farka Toure and Toumani Diabate, won the Grammy award for the best album in traditional music at the 53rd Grammy Awards ceremony held overnight Monday in Los Angeles, US, PANA learned Thursday from Malian musical sources. Full text...

  • UNESCO raises alarm over stolen Egyptian artefacts
    16 february 2011 16:08:06
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on Wednesday alerted national authorities, art dealers and collectors around the world to be on the lookout for some artifacts stolen from the Egyptian Museum in Cairo and other sites across the country. Full text...

  • African film, Notre Etrangere, may be withdrawn from French cinemas
    16 february 2011 13:54:22
    Paris, France (PANA) - The film "Notre Etrangère", directed by Burkinabe film maker Sarah Bouyain, is on the verge of being withdrawn from the movie theatres in Paris, France, for lack of patronage, PANA learnt Wednesday from the Embassy of Burkina Faso in France. Full text...

  • International Soninke cultural festival begins Tuesday in Mali
    14 february 2011 18:29:21
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The first international Soninke festival will begin Tuesday in Kayes in western Mali, PANA learned Monday in Bamako from sources close to the organizers. Full text...

  • Female writers in Africa take centre stage in Commonwealth Writers’ Prize
    11 february 2011 17:22:17
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, internationally recognised for its role in celebrating ground-breaking works from both new and established authors, on Friday said female writers have dominated the Africa regional shortlist for the 2011 Prize. Full text...

  • WAEMU to establish virtual library in member states
    10 february 2011 11:43:55
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The West Africa Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) has announced plans to establish virtual library in member states, the union said in a statement. Full text...

  • UNESCO Director-General visits Morocco
    08 february 2011 20:04:48
    Rabat, Morocco (PANA) – The Director-General the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), Mrs Irina Bokova, has arrived in Morocco for an official visit to strengthen cooperation between the two parties, a statement said on Tuesday in Rabat. Full text...

  • 11th World Social Forum opens with huge march
    07 february 2011 12:43:35
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The 11th edition of the World Social Forum (WSF) opened in Dakar Sunday with a huge march in the Senegalese capital. Full text...

  • Artistes from Mali, Benin, South Africa nominated for Grammy Awards 2011
    05 february 2011 13:13:07
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Several artistes from Mali, Benin and South Africa are on the final list of the 53rd edition of the Grammy Awards planned for 13 February in Los Angeles, USA, according to the website of the event that grants the most prestigious awards in the music world. Full text...

  • Eight NGOs work for Education for All in 2015
    04 february 2011 22:46:47
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The regional agencies of eight non-governmental organisations under a platform Inter-Agency for Education on Friday decided to take advantage of the World Social Forum (FSM) to be hosted in Senegal from 6 to 11 February 2011 to join their forces to attain the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in the domain of education. Full text...

  • UNESCO DG expected in Dakar on Sunday
    04 february 2011 21:50:18
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), Bulgarian Irina Bokova, is expected on Sunday in Dakar for a two-day official visit. Full text...

  • International Roots Festival begins in Gambia Saturday
    04 february 2011 17:04:53
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The 2011 International Roots Festival, the 10th in the series of the biannual event, begins Saturday in Banjul, the Gambian capital, with people of African descent and persons committed to the well being and development of the continent in attendance. Full text...

  • 'e-learning, solution to teacher training problems in Africa'
    03 february 2011 11:30:33
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The Rector of the African Virtual University (AVU), Mr. Bakary Diallo, has said distance learning or e-learning could be an alternative response to the challenges facing the teaching profession in the continent. Full text...

  • Malawi's Mutharika's book dreams big for Africa (News Feature)
    01 february 2011 18:25:10
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - On 29 January, 2011, Malawi president Bingu wa Mutharika launched his sixth book, titled "The African Dream: from Poverty to Posterity" at the Sheraton in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. Full text...

  • 'Hors-la-loi' nominated for 2011 Oscars
    29 january 2011 13:37:57
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - A film, "Hors-la-loi” (Out-of law), by French-born Algerian film director, Rachid Bouchareb, has been nominated for the 2011 Oscars in the "Meilleurs films en langue étrangère” (best films in foreign languages) category, a statement from the Algerian Embassy in Dakar, Senegal, said. Full text...

  • 25,000 for 7th Festival on the Niger in Mali
    25 january 2011 18:48:21
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Some world famous artists, including Nigeria's Fémi Kuti, Senegal's Ismaël Lô and Togo's King Mensah, are expected at the seventh edition of the Festival on the Niger that will be held from 1 to 6 February in Ségou (240 km at the east of Bamako, the capital of Niger). Full text...

  • Paris hosts Malians' art, culture exhibition in April
    15 january 2011 15:31:55
    Paris, France (PANA) - Nearly 330 art works will be displayed in April at the Quai Branly Museum in Paris, during an exhibition dedicated to the art and history of the Dogons, a people of the centre of Mali, PANA learnt Saturday in the French capital. Full text...

  • UNESCO D-G visits Brazzaville
    15 january 2011 15:05:28
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The Director General of the UN Organisation for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO), Ms. Irina Bokova, Friday commenced a 48-hour official visit in Brazzaville, on the invitation of Congolese authorities, PANA learnt from an authoritative source here. Full text...

  • Angola's historic sites under threat of collapse
    10 january 2011 17:48:58
    Dondo, Angola (PANA) - Some historical sites in Angola are under threat of collapse due to the advanced state of degradation of the buildings, the director of culture department in the district of Kambambe, northern Kwanza Norte Province, Angola, Luis Francisco Neto, warned Sunday. Full text...

  • International film festival of Ouidah opens Friday
    07 january 2011 14:43:19
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) - The ninth edition of the International Film Festival of Ouidah, starts Friday in this historic city (Ouidah), located about 50 kms away from Cotonou, organizers said. Full text...

  • Gambian 'Kora king' wants FESMAN held every 2 years
    03 january 2011 15:39:52
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Gambia’s famous king of “Kora” (a 21-string-traditional-musical instrument), Jaliba Kuyateh, has called for the holding of the World Festival of Black Arts (FESMAN) every two years rather than wait for decades, PANA reported from here Monday. Full text...

  • R. Kelly in Ethiopia for New Year concert
    31 december 2010 12:42:15
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - In continuation of the tradition by Ethiopia-born Saudi business tycoon Mohammad Hussein Al-Amoudin, Black-American crooner R. Kelly has arrived in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital, to perform at a concert to ring in the Western New Year Friday night. Full text...

  • Wade proposes to host international conference on cultural industries
    29 december 2010 22:23:17
    Senegal proposes to host international conference on cultural industries) Full text...

  • Angolan singer's special disc edition for Nigeria
    23 december 2010 17:05:39
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) - The Angolan singer, Cabo Snoop, winner of the best African artist for Portuguese language of the South African MTV Base television channel prize, will promote in 2011, a special edition of his disc “Bluetooth” for the Nigerian market. Full text...

  • African film directors review performance
    22 december 2010 22:31:25
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – African film directors ended a two-day round-table on Wednesday to review the cinema industry and chart the way forward as part of the 3rd World Festival of Black Arts currently taking place in the Senegalese capital, Dakar. Full text...

  • Miss Angola 2011 pledges to enhance living standards of poor children
    20 december 2010 20:20:13
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) - Miss Angola 2011, Leila Lopes, has pledged to enhance the living standards of poor children across the country and combat HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • Black Divinities Festival ends in Togo
    20 december 2010 18:05:10
    Lome, Togo (PANA) - The four-day, fifth edition of the Black Divinities Festival, closed here Sunday with participants exchanging cultural and religious experiences towards safeguarding the traditional African heritage. Full text...

  • African fashion goes on exhibition at FESMAN
    19 december 2010 19:11:56
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The ongoing third World Festival of Black Arts (FESMAN) taking place in Senegal on Saturday featured African fashion from different parts of the continent, PANA reports from here. Full text...

  • Senegal to become FESMAN's permanent headquarters
    19 december 2010 15:16:58
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The Senegalese Council of Ministers, chaired by President Abdoulaye Wade, has decided to establish a permanent headquarters for the World Festival of Negro Arts (FESMAN) in Senegal. Full text...

  • Experts to debate United States of Africa at FESMAN
    19 december 2010 15:08:36
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Experts will debate the formation of the United States of Africa when the series of roundtables at the Third World Festival of Negro Arts (FESMAN) begin here Sunday. Full text...

  • 11th Festival of the desert scheduled for Timbuktu
    14 december 2010 19:36:10
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The 11th edition of the Festival of the Desert will be held from 6 to 8 January, 2011, in the Malian town of Timbuktu, PANA learnt from the Malian Ministry of Crafts and Tourism. Full text...

  • Senegalese linguist links Africa's development to use of local languages
    13 december 2010 22:37:10
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – A Senegalese linguist said on Monday that communication in national languages is a sine qua non for development pointing out that many of the people do not understand the official language used in the countries' administration. Full text...

  • Khadafi in Dakar to attend FESMAN
    13 december 2010 18:22:46
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Libyan leader, Mouammar Kadhafi, arrived in Dakar, Senegal, Monday on the invitation of Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade, to take part in the third Black World Festival (FESMAN) which began here Friday. Full text...

  • Human right organisations demand arrest of Al-Bashir in Dakar
    09 december 2010 12:07:30
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Some human right organizations have called on the country's courts to arrest Sudanese President Omar Al- Bashir and hand him over to the International Criminal Court (ICC), if he comes to attend the 3rd World Festival of Negro Arts, which holds in Senegal 10-31 December. Full text...

  • 80 Guinean artists for World Festival of Negro Arts in Dakar
    09 december 2010 10:05:14
    Conakry, Guinea (PANA) - Eighty artists will represent Guinea Conakry at the World Festival of Negro Arts (FESMAN), scheduled to hold 10- 31 December in Dakar, the Senegalese capital, Fodéba Isto Keira, Guinean Minister of Arts and Culture, said Wednesday. Full text...

  • US delegation for World Festival of Negro Arts in Senegal
    08 december 2010 12:17:39
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - A U.S. delegation, including 200 African-American leaders, was Wednesday due in Dakar, Senegal, to take part in the 3rd World Festival of Negro Arts 10-31 in the West African nation, organisers said in a statement. Full text...

  • Senegalese musician Baaba Maal highlights need for education in Africa
    06 december 2010 23:00:15
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Senegalese musician, Baaba Maal, has highlighted education as the most important gift that can be offered to the African youth. Full text...

  • Malawi musicians rally round stranded South African songstress
    02 december 2010 14:46:52
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - The Music Association of Malawi (MAM) has appealed to families in Malawi to 'adopt' the stranded and destitute South African gospel songstress Lerato and her 18-man group. Full text...

  • UNESCO to investigate destruction at Pompei’s conservation
    01 december 2010 19:19:36
    Paris, France (PANA) - Experts from UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre and the International Council of Monuments and Sites will arrive in Pompei, Italy, on 2 December to examine the state of conservation of the World Heritage site there. Full text...

  • Malawi promoters arrested for duping South African gospel songstress
    01 december 2010 18:58:49
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - Police in Malawi's commercial capital, Blantyre, Wednesday arrested three officials of a cultural arts group for duping South African gospel songstress, Lerato. Full text...

  • African photographers for Addis Foto Fest
    01 december 2010 14:33:40
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Prominent photographers in Africa and the diaspora will gather in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 7-11 December for the ''Addis Foto Fest 2010'', organisers have announced. The International Photography Festival, under the direction of Aida Muluneg, an Ethiopia photographer based in the US, the international contest will feature dialogue among African photographers at home and in the diaspora, training, exhibition, screening as well as series of industry discussions focused on marketing. Full text...

  • South African cultural group performs in Angola
    13 november 2010 11:36:00
    Luanda- Ango1a (PANA) â" A South African cultural- group, Africa Umoja, on Frid ay thrilled an audience, including the Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos and his wife, Ana Paula, at the Belas Conference Centre in Luanda. Full text...

  • OIF sec-gen, Moroccan Premier discuss cooperation
    10 november 2010 14:29:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- The Secretary-General of the International Organization of the Francophone (OIF), Abdou Diouf, Tuesday in Rabat held cooperation talks w i th Moroccan Prime Minister Abbas El Fassi, the Moroccan National Radio reported W ednesday. Full text...

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