• Algerian craftsmen struggle to save the Casbah

    The lack of interest from the Algerian state in the Casbah of Algiers, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is highlighted by rampant overcrowding, unsanitary conditions and the collapse of many houses. As RFI reports, the Algerian Minister of Culture Khalida Toumi said last Saturday that the reconstruction on empty plots in the Casbah of Algiers should be … Continued

  • Kigali shines with fashion week

    The African fashion industry is growing. While Lagos and Johannesburg are the main fashion capitals in Africa, Kigali is a rising star that launched its second annual fashion week at the weekend. LDJ Productions, the company that organises New York fashion week, gave technical support and training for Kigali fashion week. As reported by The Guardian,  … Continued

  • Gulu’s sculpture boys

    They only appear in the town centre in the evenings. During the day, they are hard at work moulding all manner of objects using a mixture of clay and cement. In Gulu town, they are simply known as “the boys who sell animals” — teenagers who sell animal sculptures on the streets to make a … Continued

  • Algiers hosts first Maghreb Cultural Film Fest

    The first Maghreb Cultural Film Festival will enjoy its last day Friday. Beginning Sunday, the festival screened 11 Algerian films, 10 Tunisian films, 10 Moroccan films and four Mauritanian films — each competing to win a “Golden Amayyas” award (Amayyas means leopard in the Tamazight language). The festival aim to “introduce recent productions from the … Continued

  • Gaborone welcomes ‘African.i am’

    African network agency, Brand Africa Global, will launch its African.i am inititiative, which is focused on development and promotion of the continent and its culture, during the 200 Business Assembly in Gaborone, a platform for marketing and investing in 15 african countries. The launch event will be held on October 28 and 29. As The … Continued

  • Documenting the ‘spaces’ in Addis

    Faced with rapid growth and urban development in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital, Felix Heisel and Bisrat Kifle set out to document old and new ways of living in the city. “Disappearing Spaces” is a cinematic documentary on the use of space in the informal parts of Ethiopia’s capital. Looking at one typical house for the duration … Continued

  • Intercultural celebration in Banjul

                  A community of Sierra Leoneans in The Gambia hosted the 52ndIndependent carnival celebration in Banjul.  This urban cultural event, reports The Patriotic Vanguard, “has now become a tradition to bring together Sierra Leoneans and non-Sierra Leoneans alike to celebrate in unity regardless nationality, political background, region and ethnicity … Continued

  • City marathon for Abuja

    Plans have been introduced by the Minister of Sports Development, Senator Bala Mohammed, in the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) to launch an annual marathon in Abuja. While details were not forthcoming, it is hoped that the marathon will attract both national and international visitors. It is unclear when the first marathon is planned to … Continued

  • Cape Town is South Africa’s fittest city

    Measured on the basis of personal health indicators, transport, physical activities and facilities, Cape Town has emerged as South Africa’s fittest city. The index assessed the country’s six main metropolitan areas – Johannesburg, Ekurhuleni (East Rand), Tshwane (Pretoria), Cape Town, eThekwini (Durban) and Nelson Mandela Bay (Port Elizabeth). According to health news site, Health-e, the … Continued

  • An uncertain urban future for Tunis?

    Echoes of street poetry resonate in the dusty domes and alleys of the Medina of Tunis. On breezy evenings in April, culturally sensitive youth crowded through the  gate of the ‘Beb Bhar’(Port de France) entrance, thirsty for poetry, music and art of the spectacular ‘‘KlemShera3’’ (street poetry) event. This spectacular show is just one of … Continued