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  • South Africa: Meet Masiphumelele's Budding Violinists

    SOUTH AFRICA, 2017/11/18 In a small classroom learners from Masiphumelele are learning a new skill: playing the violin. The outreach program, that takes place on the campus of non-profit organisation Masiphumelele Corporation, is run by Titia Blake. "I'm trying to teach children to do what I do, and that is to play for weddings and functions," she says. Blake believes that education is the only way to solve the ills of society. "And my specialty is the violin and therefore the violin program."
  • Ethiopia to repair four of nine world heritages

    ETHIOPIA, 2017/10/17 Ethiopia said it is going to repair four of the nine world heritage this year, according to the Authority for Conservation of Cultural Heritage.The Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela, Obelisk of Axum, Fasil Ghibi, and Tiya Prehistoric Sites are the heritages that are going to be renovated staring from this year, Hailu Zeledke, Director of Heritage Conservation at the Authority told journalists on Saturday. These heritages have been vulnerable to some level of damage due to old age and seasonal variation. According to director, the maintenance work for the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, which consist 11 medieval monolithic cave churches; and the Axum obelisk, the ruins of the ancient city of Aksum, will be started this year.
  • $85,000 for each member of Egypt's World Cup qualification team

    EGYPT, 2017/10/15 The Egyptian national team have qualified for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, their initial since 1990. For that feat, the Pharaohs have been handed a presidential bonus of $85,000 each. The team beat Congo Brazzaville by 2 – 1 last Sunday to seal the qualification. They paid a visit to president Abdul Fattah al-Sisi on Monday during which event the bonus was announced.
  • Malawi: Awilo Longomba Headlines Malawi Sand Music Festival

    CONGO BRAZZAVILLE, 2017/09/11 The organizers of the Sand Music Festival- Impact Events- have unveiled Congolese music legend Awilo Longombaas one of this year's festival international headliners. The festival returns this year from 27th to 29th October at Livingstonia Beach in Salima district.
  • Archaeologists find goldsmith's tomb near Egyptian city of Luxor

    EGYPT, 2017/09/10 Egyptian archaeologists have discovered a tomb of a prominent goldsmith who lived additional than 3,000 years ago, unearthing statues, mummies and jewellery in the new major find near the Nile city of Luxor. Egypt’s Minister of Antiquities Khaled Al-Anani said on Saturday the tomb dated back to Egypt’s 18th dynasty New Kingdom era — around 15th century B.C.
  • Roman "underwater ruins" discovered in Tunisia

    TUNISIA, 2017/09/10 Twenty hectares of the remains of Roman ruins under the sea have been discovered in Nabeul, Tunisia by a joint team of experts from the National Heritage Institute of Tunisia and the University of Sassari-Oristano in Italy. “We started working in Tunisia and Italy in 2010. We were searching for a port and a sub-marine that can allow us to find other remains and particularly to have the certainty that the earthquake in Neapolis really occured,” one of the mission experts said.
  • Illicit antiquities trade threatening cultural heritage

    IRAQ, 2017/09/03 Besides the illicit trade of weapons and drugs, smugglers in the Mid­dle East and North Africa have found a lucrative business in trafficking antiquities.Lost treasures. A fragment of an Assyrian-era relief is seen at the ancient site of Nimrud that was destroyed by the Islamic National fighters near Mosul. The smuggling of ancient arte­facts to wealthy clients around the world has spiked in the last decade, with experts warning that the re­gion’s archaeological heritage is in peril.
  • Ibn Battuta International Festival to be held in November

    CASABLANCA, 2017/09/02 The Moroccan Association of Ibn Battuta will organize November on 9-12 the second edition of the Ibn Battuta International Festival in Tangier. Themed "Travelers, the of Ambassadors of Peace", the second edition of the festival, which highlights the legacy of renowned traveler Ibn Battuta, seeks to celebrate Morocco’s cultural heritage and promote travel and meetings between peoples.
  • Casablanca makes spectacular comeback to international festival scene

    CASABLANCA, 2017/09/02 Morocco’s economic capital, Casablanca, has returned to the international festival scene in a spectacular way. Ten arts were honoured throughout Casa Festival, which ran for ten days in July, during which national and international artists performed. Dance, readings, film screenings, children’s shows and street art took place in Casablanca’s 16 boroughs. Festival organisers said the new concept was to make Casa Festival free for the people of Casablanca.
  • Roman ruins discovered underwater off Tunisia

    TUNISIA, 2017/09/02 Vast underwater Roman ruins have been discovered off northeast Tunisia, apparently confirming a theory that the city of Neapolis was half submerged by a tsunami in the 4th century AD.Underwater expedition has found streets, monuments and around 100 tanks used to produce fermented fish-based condiment popular in ancient Rome. "It's a major discovery," Mounir Fantar, the chief of a Tunisian-Italian archaeological mission which made the find off the coast of Nabeul, said. He said an underwater expedition had found streets, monuments and around 100 tanks used to produce garum, a fermented fish-based condiment that was a favourite of ancient Rome.