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AFRICA EVENTS CALENDAR:


2003



2003: AROUND THE GLOBE - YEAR OF FRESHWATER
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2003: LIBERIA - ELECTION
Presidential election.
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28 June - 12 July 2003: ZANZIBAR: The Festival of the Dhow Countries
The Festival of the Dhow Countries, East Africa’s largest cultural event, will take place in Zanzibar from 28th June – 12th July 2003, in magnificent, historical venues along the waterfront of Stone Town. The festival celebrates the unique cultural heritage of the "Dhow" countries: the African continent and the Indian Ocean region and their global Diaspora. The Festival of the Dhow Countries now promotes an extensive programme of Films, Music & Performing Arts, Women's events, Children's Panorama, Workshops & Seminars, Exhibitions and Mini-Festivals in villages throughout the Zanzibar islands of Unguja & Pemba. The festival is the inspiration of the Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF).
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28 June - 09 August 2003: GERMANY/BERLIN: exhibition OWUSU-ANKOMAH (Ghana)
Galerie Peter Herrmann: A preview of the paintings in this exhibition are available on the gallery's website. The artist, originally from Ghana and a long-time resident in Germany, was one of the first, and is now one of the most successful, artists of the gallery. Owusu-Ankomah will be present at the Opening.
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07 - 11 July 2003: AFRICA: PRESIDENT BUSH'S 5 DAY VISIT TO AFRICA

Bush's First Visit to Africa

President Bush's first trip to Africa, begins July 7. His five-day journey will begin in Senegal. He also will travel to Uganda, South Africa, Botswana and Nigeria.

"Bush the First" refused to apologize to South Africa for the help that the CIA, under his direction, gave to the South African police fighting Nelson Mandela's ANC. He refused even after Nobel Prize Dr. Mandela asked him nicely... Anxious to know what the "Young Bush" George jr. will do while visiting South Africa!

Peace is a priority for the U.S. president. Speaking last month before the Corporate Council for Africa, Mr. Bush stressed that the United States is determined to help bring peace to war-torn African nations, such as Liberia, Congo and Sudan. Mr. Bush’s trip will also focus on economic development and the importance of trade for Africa’s future. Terrorism will be high on the agenda as well, especially in Uganda. The United States recently announced an aid package for several East African countries, to support their counter-terrorism efforts. The fight against AIDS, which has ravaged parts of the continent, will be another major topic throughout Mr. Bush’s trip. He recently signed into law a plan to spend $15 billion to help combat AIDS in Africa and the Caribbean.

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10 - 20 July 2003 : MONTREAL/CANADA - Festival International Nuits d’ Afrique

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18 July 2003: AFRICA: 85TH BIRTHDAY OF NELSON MANDELA

Congratulations
85th Birthday of Father Africa
Dr Nelson "Madiba" ROLIHLAHLA Mandela.

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23 - 26 July 2003: GHANA: PANAFEST
Panafest is a biennial festival of African dance, music and other performing arts that is held every two years in Ghana. A cultural event dedicated to the enhancement of the ideals of Pan-Africanism and the development of the African continent. It is organized biennially for Africans and people of Africa descent as well as all persons committed to the well being of Africans on continent and in the diaspora. The essential thrust of PANAFEST is to enhance DEVELOPMENT.
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18 July 2003: WASHINGTON DC/USA - VIVE LA WORLD TOUR
Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage in Washington, DC. There are several well known African musicians who will perform for free. All performances start at 6pm.
So Kalmery, Mamani Keita. Electro Bamako features Mamani Keita singing Malian songs mixed with electro jazz, pop and rock. On the same program guitarist So Kalmery's music displays the brakka rhythm traditionally played with mbiras, string instruments and bells. Kalmery's style is infused with both reggae and the vocal harmonies of South Africa.

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20 July 2003: WASHINGTON DC/USA - VIVE LA WORLD TOUR
Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage in Washington, DC. There are several well known African musicians who will perform for free. All performances start at 6pm.
Kusun Ensemble. The Kusun Ensemble, an extraordinary ensemble of West African traditional musicians and dancers from Ghana, offers tropical passion and the riveting power of master drummers with their sensual and vibrant dances.

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24 July 2003: WASHINGTON DC/USA - VIVE LA WORLD TOUR
Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage in Washington, DC. There are several well known African musicians who will perform for free. All performances start at 6pm.
Oliver Mtukudzi. Oliver Mtukudzi creates his distinctive Zimbabwean style with guitar and a blend of traditional South African mbira, mbaqanga, popular jiti and katekwe styles, underscored bythe traditional drumming patterns of his Korekore clan.

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26 July 2003: ENGLAND/LONDON - KING SUNNY ADE CONCERT
SATURDAY 26 JULY 2003. ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL. South Bank Centre, SE1 Start @ 7.30pm. Box Office @ 0207 - 960 4242

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August 2003: KENYA/MURALAL - International Camel Derby & Festival
The Derby takes place at Maralal, Samburu District, centred at Yare Club & Camp, just four kilometres south of Maralal town on the Nyahururu road. . It is also a spectacular festival packed with a variety of events that draws visitors from all over the world. The Derby has been on the go since 1990, with entries from Australia, America, New Zealand, Canada, England, France, Spain, Japan, South Africa and beyond competing against the reigning Kenya champions in both the amateur and professional races. The route runs through semi-desert regions with varying levels of difficulty and camels (with or without handlers) are available to hire for those wishing to compete.
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02 August 2003 : DELFT/THE NETHERLANDS - AFRICA FESTIVAL 2003

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African live music with: Alliance Nord-Sud (Soukous) - Issa Sow & Goree (Senegal) - Berny Beroh (Cameroon) - 'Mahlathini and the Mahotella Queens' (South Africa).
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08 - 10 August 2003: USA/PORTLAND, OR - ZIMBABWEAN MUSIC FESTIVAL
The 12th Annual Zimbabwean Music Festival, August 8-10, 2003, Reed College, Portland, Oregon, USA. This event brings together an international community of teachers, students, performers and lovers of Zimbabwean music and dance for three days packed full of workshops, performances, presentations, community discussions, general visiting and musical jams. For more information and registration guide and forms visit www.zimfest.org
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09 August 2003: AROUND THE GLOBE - INT. DAY OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLE
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10 - 16 August 2003: STOCKHOLM/SWEDEN - WORLD WATER WEEK
The World Water Week has firmly established itself as the main annual global platform for continuing dialogue on tomorrow’s water issues - from interdisciplinary symposia, seminars and side events that examine pressing problems, to festive ceremonies and exciting competitions that honor excellence in the water field. This year, the week also provides an excellent opportunity to discuss the practical implementation of decisions reached and initiatives launched during the World Summit on Sustainable Development and the 3rd World Water Forum. On this home page you will find the First Announcement for the World Water Week, including a a call for papers and posters for the 2003 Stockholm Water Symposium, “Drainage Basin Security - Balancing Production, Trade and Water Use.” Information is also included on the Global Water Partnership’s Annual Meeting, the EU Water Initiative's Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue, as well as seminars by the Global International Waters Assessment, SIWI, Stockholm Water Foundation, and Water Associations Worldwide. Festivities during the week will include the presentation of the Stockholm Water Prize, Stockholm Junior Water Prize, Stockholm Industry Water Award and Swedish Baltic Sea Water Award. Join your colleagues from academia, business, NGOs, international organizations, civil society, government, science, the water profession and elsewhere in Stockholm in August 2003. Welcome!
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16 - 28 August 2003: MOROCCO/CASABLANCA - WORLD CONGRESS OF YOUTH
UNDER THE PATRONAGE OF HIS MAJESTY KING MOHAMMED VI PROMOTING SOLIDARITY, TOLERANCE & YOUTH ACTION FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT.
The Government of Morocco assisted by Peace Child International will hold the Second World Congress of Youth in Casablanca, Morocco in August 2003. During the Congress, each delegate will spend five days working on a development project so that they will not only talk about the core themes but take action on them as well. The final part of the Congress will have an exhibition of projects to review progress on Be the Change! - the Youth-led Action for Sustainable Development programme launched at the first World Congress held in Hawaii in October 1999. In addition, the Congress will analyse, discuss and promote ways to mobilise young people to help achieve the Millennium Development Goals set by the UN Millennium Summit in September 2000.
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21 - 31 August 2003: DURBAN/SOUTH AFRICA - 6th Jomba! Contemporary Dance Experience
Jomba means "jump" in Zulu, and Jomba! will certainly made things jump on the dance scene in South Africa in 2003. Hosted by the University of Natal’s Centre for Creative Arts Jomba! 2003 offers a dynamic presentation of the finest in South African contemporary dance, plus two or three international dance companies. Jomba! will also include workshops, masterclasses, a schools programme, a writing dance history initiative, and the Jomba! Fringe. Thank you to all our participating dance companies, sponsors, the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre, Llianne Loots, Jomba! artistic director and the dance enthusiasts who support this successful festival.
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25 August 2004: GHANA/GONJALAND - DAMBA
Gonjaland, Mamprusi land and Nanumbaland, Upper West Region. Ushers in the new yam. Originally linked with Islam to mark the birth of Mohammed, the two-day festival has gradually taken on a traditional rather than Islamic tone, with pageantry and showmanship.
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28 August 2004: GHANA/SALTPOND - ODAMBEA
Saltpond, Central Region -119km West of Accra. Celebrated by the Chiefs and people of the Saltpond (Nkusukum) Traditional Area. This event commemorates the migration of the Nkusukum people to their present settlement. Odambea means 'fortified link'. A special feature is the re-enactment of the ancient life styles of the people.
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30 August - 06 September 2003 : ABIDJAN/IVORY COAST - MASA 2003

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04 September 2004: GHANA/CAPECOAST - FETU AFAHYE (CARNIVAL)
September (1st Saturday). Cape Coast,144 km West of Accra in the Central Region. A very colourful festival. Like all grand festivals, there is a procession of Chiefs drumming and dancing and firing of musketry but there is a uniqueness in the traditional attire of the various warrior groups and the slaughtering of a cow in public for the 77 gods of Oguaa (Cape Coast).
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05 September 2003: AROUND THE GLOBE - INT. DAY OF PEACE
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15 - 29 September 2003: DURBAN/SOUTH AFRICA - Standard Bank Awesome Africa Festival
Performing artists: Mabulu, Hugh Masekala, Bheki Mseleku, Saintrick, Saintrick & Ray Phiri, Salem Tradition, Salaelo Selota, Tiken Jah Fakoly .
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17 - 21 September 2003: NEW YORK/MANHATTAN- NEW YORK AIDS FILM FESTIVAL
The Festival will take place in Manhattan, in New York, September 17th-21st 2003. Theatres (TBA). The aim of the AFRICAN ACTION ON AIDS/NEW YORK AIDS FILM FESTIVAL is to showcase work that educates and awakens people to the reality of the HIV/AIDS virus. 70% of Festival proceeds will go to African Action on AIDS, an organization which sends AIDS affected ORPHANS to school by providing scholarships and works with existing community organizations.
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23 - 24 September 2003: Dubai WTC - 2003 ANNUAL MEETING IMF
2003 Annual Meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund Dubai World Trade Center, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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24 - 27 September 2003: MEXICO CITY - WORLD TOURISM EXPO 2003
Centro Banamex (in front of the Hipódromo de las Americas) Mexico City. The main objective of The World Tourism Expo is to promote tourism worldwide, to offer the ideal conditions for business contacts and strategic alliances to take place between service providers, vendors, corporations and government entities related to the import and export of tourism activities of Mexico and the world. EMT, Expo Mundial de Turismo will take place in an exhibition area of 16,000 m2, divided in regional pavilions representing the different cultures, gastronomy and traditions of each country: México, the United States, Canada, Central and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia; as well as a pavilion dedicated to services for the tourism sector and international corporations.
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26 - 29 September 2003: HEIDELBERG/SOUTH AFRICA - 2003 WOODSTOCK
South Africa's premier youth music and lifestyle festival - 3 Stages representing the top rock, pop, hip hop, and contemporary acts in South Africa. Complete beat bliss of all genres of dance music, situated 2km from the main stage in a valley of its own. featuring some of SA's top extreme sports entertainers and sporty stunt men.
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01 October 2003 - 30 May 2004: CAMEROON/KUMBO - HERITAGE EXHIBITION
1 October 2003 to 30 May 2004 Tourism Season at Musa Heritage Gallery (Mus'Art Gallery) Kumbo, Cameroon. The Musa Heritage Gallery tourist season spans during this period. The museum focuses on the arts and crafts of Cameroon's Western Grassfields. Groups of tourists can arrange for traditional dance troupes to animate at the gallery premises before or after their visit on a fee (contact musape@yahoo.com for bookings).
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02 - 05 October 2003: LESOTHO - Morija Arts & Cultural Festival
Each year on the first Thursday of October, the Festival is alive and kicking again. The main days of the Festival will be Friday through Sunday. During the four days of the Festival about 40 events will take place at 8 venues in Morija which cater for all tastes in music, dance, drama and film. At the main Arena, Thabeng Football Grounds, are also found arts & crafts displays and sales, as well as information booths and tents marketing a wide range of products, including food and drinks of different traditions. Concerts, Jazz, Famo, Gospel & Kwaito will highlight each day.The friendly & festive atmosphere of this Festival is unique and each visitor is highly welcomed
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04 - 18 October 2003: ABUJA/NIGERIA - 8TH ALL AFRICAN GAMES
Venue: New Abuja Stadium Complex currently being built. A continental multi-sports games involving all independent African countries. - Held every four years. - It is called Africa Olympics. The Eighth All-Africa Games, “Abuja 2003”, the first in the new millennium to be hosted by Nigeria, should set the standard for subsequent games for the rest of the century.
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07 - 17 October 2003: CAIRO/EGYPT: CAIRO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
With its ancient history, and vast motion picture industry, Egypt became the cultural capital of the Arab world. Egypt's cinema's influence on the Arabs is as profound as that of the American cinema on the rest of the world. That why Cairo is known to be "Hollywood" of the Middle East.
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13 - 26 October 2003: DURBAN/SOUTH AFRICA - 24th Durban International Film Festival
Having completed its 23rd year in 2002, this South African international film festival is a unique phenomenon on the local cultural calendar. In a time when the television industry is centred in Gauteng and foreign production houses favour Cape Town as a location, the city of Durban lays claim to producing probably the country's largest and liveliest film festival. Hosted by the University of Natal's Centre for Creative Arts the festival presents a diverse world-class selection of 75-100 films within a two-week festival format, most of them first-time premiere screenings in Durban. Cutting-edge genres and high-art films shared a platform with topical documentaries and selected mainstream blockbusters of tomorrow. Comedies, thrillers, children's films and a touch of the macabre are included. Films from almost 30 countries are represented, and the international nature of the festival is balanced with a highlighted component of the finest of South African and African cinema.
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14 - 15 October 2003: SWEDEN/STOCKHOLM - CONFERENCE WITH FOCUS ON AFRICA
STOCKHOLM INTERNATIONAL TRADE & INVESTMENT CONFERENCE WITH FOCUS ON AFRICA 2003. Stockholm City Conference Center Folkets Hus, Congress Hall C, Barnhusgatan 12-14, Stockholm, Sweden. If you need LETTER OF INVITATION to be able to get a visa to come to Sweden for this conference, then read this! LETTER OF INVITATION, If you need or want to be put in touch with a conference participant who could be your potential partner, that is, who has what you need or needs what you have, then click here: MATCH-MAKING If you support the idea of bringing Africa and the Nordic countries closer together to promote trade and investment between these two regions: Africa and Scandinavia, then help us to invite people by forwarding this invitation /invitation to them
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21 - 26 October 2003: AUSTRALIA/ADELAIDE - 6 DAY ZIMBO'S MEETING
The “Zimbabwe Connection” is a not-for-profit, voluntary, Association duly registered in terms of the Associations Incorporations Act, 1985.Its objectives are to provide assistance to all Zimbabweans who, for whatever reasons, have left or are intending to leave Zimbabwe to make a new home for themselves and their families in Australia. The Association has been formed in the knowledge that the number of people leaving Zimbabwe will increase with the current disastrous economic and political situation. The Main Event : October 2003. A planned get together for Zimbabweans to meet up with family and friends dispersed so widely to every corner of the world.
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24 October 2003: AROUND THE GLOBE - WORLD DEVELOPMENT DAY
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November 2003: MOMBASA/KENYA - MOMBASA CARNIVAL
The Mombasa carnival features parades and floats from every conceivable cultural, national and religious group in Kenya. There are two main parades which converge onto Moi Avenue which feature incredible floats, spectacular costumes and fantastic music.
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November 2003: MAN/IVORY COAST - Fêtes des Masques
One of Côte d'Ivoire's most famous festivals is the Fêtes des Masques (Festival of Masks), which takes place in the region of Man occurs in November. Numerous small villages in the region hold contests to determine the best dancers and to pay homage to forest spirits who are embodied in the elaborate masks.
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Mid November 2003: KUMBO/CAMEROON - NSO CULTURAL WEEK
Horse races trough the streets of Kumbo, a town in western Cameroon, during NSO Cultural Week.
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16 November 2003: AROUND THE GLOBE - ANNUAL DAY OF TOLERANCE
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20 November 2003: AROUND THE GLOBE - AFRICA INDUSTRIALIZATION DAY
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20 November 2003: AROUND THE GLOBE - UNIVERSAL CHILDREN'S DAY
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21 November 2003: AROUND THE GLOBE - WORLD TELEVISION DAY
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December 2003: DIAFARABE/MALI - CROSSING OF THE CATTLE
The Cattle Crossing is the most important Fulani festival in Diafarabe. Every December, herders bring cattle from the grazing lands to the river at Diafarabe. Here everyone crosses the river. On the other side families are reunited for a few days, before they take the cattle to new pastures. The first day is the Promenade des Jeunes, when the unmarried men and women dress up to attract each other. There is also a competition to judge the fattest and best looked-after cattle, with useful prizes.
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December 2003: GHANA/SANDEMA - FIOK
December. Sandema; 838km north of Accra in the Upper East Region. The annual Fiok festival is celebrated by the Builsas of Sandema. This is a War festival, which re-enacts the ancient heroic exploits of the Builsas. Amid drumming and dancing, the gods are invoked for protection and a bountiful harvest.
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01 December 2003: AROUND THE GLOBE - WORLD AIDS DAY
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20 - 22 December 2003: BAFUT/CAMEROON- ANNUAL CULTURAL FESTIVAL
On 20 December there is a huge feast and festival with many masks and costumes in Bafut, north of Bamenda and in Bali (west of Bamenda) 20 to 22 December.
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26 December 2003 - 01 January 2004: AROUND THE GLOBE - KWANZAA
KWANZAA is derived from the Kiswahili phrase "matunda ya kwanza", which means "first fruits of the harvest" which is a depiction of the celebration of harvesting the first crops in traditional Africa.
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27 December 2003: AROUND THE GLOBE - AFRICA MEDIA DAY
3rd Celebration of AFRICA DAY and presentation of the "MOTHER AFRICA AWARD".
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28 December 2003 - 13 January 2004: SENEGAL : PARIS-DAKAR 2004
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2004


01 January 2004: AROUND THE GLOBE - ONE DAY
One Day of Peace, and Sharing, every January 1st, for Everyone on Earth. OneDay is a holiday designed to decrease violence, hunger and hate through the establishment of a shared annual tradition for the entire human family. It belongs to no government or religion, and knows no national boundaries.
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01 January 2004: GHANA/ELMINA - EDINA BURONYA
1st Thursday of the New Year. Elmina, Central Region 157 km West of Accra. This is the native version of Christmas, which is exclusively celebrated by the People of Elmina (Edina). The Festival was influenced by the Portuguese settlers who celebrated a similar event every January. For the people of Edina, it is a period of purification, sacrifices to the gods, remembrance of the dead and the welcoming of a New Year. Families pour libation and invite friends to participate in dining and merry-making throughout the town.
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January 2004: ADIS ABEBA/ETHIOPIA: TIMKET/EPIPHANY
Timket, or the Feast of the Epiphany, is celebrated in the January, 2004. The 3-day event commemorates the baptism of Christ and is one of the most colourful Ethiopian festivals. The night before the Timket, priests take the Tabot (which symbolises the Ark of the Covenant, containing the Ten Commandments) from each church to a tent at a consecrated pool or stream. There is frenetic activity, including the ringing of bells, blowing of trumpets and the burning of incense. In Addis Ababa, tents are pitched at Jan Meda, to the northeast of the city centre. At 02h00, mass is celebrated, attended by crowds of people carrying lighted oil lamps. At dawn, the priest uses a ceremonial cross to extinguish a candle burning on a pole in a nearby river. Inevitably, some of the congregation leap into the river. The Tabots are then taken back to the churches in procession, accompanied by horsemen, while the festivities continue.
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06 January - 05 April 2004: TANZANIA - SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK: TRACK OF THE WILDEBEEST
Follow the awesome Wildebeest migration through the Serengeti and you'll never feel the same again. Serengeti means 'endless plains' and at 14,763 square kilometres in size this National Park has certainly been given a suitable name. It has the fortune of being touched by the annual wildebeest migration - which is one of the world's rare undisturbed migrations and hugely important to the area's fragile ecosystem - including the preservation of the region's food chain.
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15 January: BIRTHDAY MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.

February 2004: NIGERIA - DUNBAR FESTIVAL
The Durbar festival is celebrated at the culmination of the two great Muslim festivals Id el Fitri and Id el Kabir. The festival gives a good idea of the past glories of the emirate before the influence of western culture. On the big day, in Katsina and Kano, in the north of Nigeria, the day is marked with a gaudy parade of ornately dressed horsemen, Emirs dressed in ceremonial robes, muscle-bound wrestlers and lute players in headdresses.
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17 - 19 February 2004: JOBURG/SOUTH AFRICA - SATCOM AFRICA 2004
Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa. Africa's premier satellite communications summit. About 80% of Africa’s population lives in rural areas. Little wonder, therefore that nearly all of Africa’s international bandwidth is provided by satellite. Satellite presents the best means for carrying international traffic other than terrestrial or microwave links that may only exist between bordering countries. It is the only conference in Africa which addresses all the strategic issues of connecting businesses and profiting via satellite. Satcom Africa 2004 is where senior management from Africa’s major corporations meet to evaluate and learn best practice. It is a great place to position your world-class solutions to a very select group of senior managers.
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07 March 2004: DURBAN/SOUTH AFRICA - Standard Bank Awesome Africa Festival
On the above date, a standard 42.2 km marathon and a 21.1 km half marathon will be run from the town of Moshi, Tanzania. Please note that the half marathon route is still to be finalised. This race has been set up to promote the sport in Tanzania, and has the official backing of the Tanzania Tourist Board, the Tanzania Amateur Athletics Association, the IAAF, and is registered with AIMS.
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22 March 2004: AROUND THE GLOBE - WORLD DAY FOR WATER
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Last week March towards April 2004: BOUAKE/IVORY COAST - BOAKE CARNIVAL
A week long carnival in Bouaké each March, a festivity attracting thousands of visitors.
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April 2004: ACCRA/GHANA - AFRICA4AFRICA FESTIVAL
In collaboration with well respected charitable organizations, the African/African -American Music Entertainment and Cait Entertainment would be organizing a festival. This project consists of a music festival to be held in Accra, Ghana, during a 4 day event in May 2004. Artists and guest artists from the entire African continent and from around the world will perform during these four (4) days of tribute to the children victims of AIDS and HIV on the continent and throughout the world.
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April 2004: GOMON/IVORY COAST - BOAKE CARNIVAL
Held in Gomon, near Abidjan, this festival starts around midnight, when women and children sneak out of their huts and, naked, carry out nocturnal rites to exorcise the village of evil spells. Before sunrise the chief appears, drums pound and villagers go into trances. The frenzy continues until late afternoon of the next day.
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April 2004: MALI - Fête des Masques
The Dogons are famous for their masks and during the five-day event many of them are used in ritual ceremonies that go back more than 1000 years . At each Sigui festival, a new ceremonial mask is carved especially for the occasion, then placed in the Tellem caves. Remnants of these masks going back hundreds of years have been found in the caves.
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23 April - 24 September 2004: BARCELONA/SPAIN - UNIVERSAL FORUM OF CULTURES
The First Universal Forum of Cultures will be held in Barcelona in the year 2004. It is to be a new type of world event, of spirit and scale similar to the Olympic Games and International Expositions, but based on the cultures of the world.
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01 May 2004: GHANA/KROBO ODUMASE - DIPO
1st Saturday of May. Krobo Odumase, Eastern Region. 80 km. east of Accra. A Puberty Festival by the Krobos (of Somanya, Odumase) when girls at adolescent age are initiated into womanhood with a parade. The attire of the girls is close to nudity.
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03 May 2004: AROUND THE GLOBE - WORLD PRESS FREEDOM DAY
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26 May 2004: AFRICA - AFRICAN UNION DAY
Third Celebration of the African Union, legally came into effect on 26 May 2001.
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June 2004: SANDTON/SOUTH AFRICA - CNN AFRICAN JOURNALIST AWARDS
The CNN African Journalist of the Year competition, now in its nineth year, has a simple mission to reinforce the importance of the role of journalism throughout the continent and to recognise and nuture journalistic talent.
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June 2004 : SWITZERLAND/MONTANA - CRANS MONTANA FORUM
The Crans Montana Forum aims to gather Government Officials and International Organisations with Presidents and C.E.O. of financial, banking, trade and industrial companies. It aims to facilitate in the most informal ways, private encounters between Official and Private Sector's Representatives, in depth discussions about global topics, reciprocal understanding facilitating the closing of deals and the investment process.
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June/July 2004: ZANZIBAR: The Festival of the Dhow Countries
The Festival of the Dhow Countries, East Africa’s largest cultural event, will take place in Zanzibar in magnificent, historical venues along the waterfront of Stone Town. The festival celebrates the unique cultural heritage of the "Dhow" countries: the African continent and the Indian Ocean region and their global Diaspora. The Festival of the Dhow Countries now promotes an extensive programme of Films, Music & Performing Arts, Women's events, Children's Panorama, Workshops & Seminars, Exhibitions and Mini-Festivals in villages throughout the Zanzibar islands of Unguja & Pemba. The festival is the inspiration of the Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF).
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04 - 12 June 2004: MOROCCO/FEZ - World Festival of Sacred Music
A joyful celebration of the divine, B'ismillah, in the name of God, brings together Pakistani qawwali chants, Egyptian madhi odes, flamenco-style Christian saeta, ancient gwalior chants from northern India, Sufi music of the whirling dervishes and more, performed by internationally renowned artists from the US, France, Spain, South Africa, Turkey, Iran, Armenia, Egypt, Morocco, Israel, Senegal, Poland, Greece and India.
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01 July 2004: GHANA/ELMINA - BAKATUE REGATTA
1st Thursday of July. Elmina, 157 km West of Accra, in the Central Region. It is celebrated by the people Elmina, traditional area, this colourful festival attracts tourists from far and near. There is a Royal procession of Chiefs and Queenmothers, most of them riding in well-decorated palanquins through the principal streets to a sacred shrine where the Chief's Linguist pours libation and sprinkles sacred food. There is Regatta on the Benya Lagoon.
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18 July 2004: AFRICA: BIRTHDAY OF NELSON MANDELA
Birthday of Father Africa, dr Nelson "MadiBa" Mandela.
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29 July - 02 August 2004: GHANA/ADA - ASAFOTUFIAM
Last Thursday in July to the first weekend of August. Ada. Greater Accra Region. -71km east of Accra. Asafotufiam is an annual festival celebrated by the people of Ada to commemorates the victories of their warriors in battle and mourn those who lost their lives. The historic events are re-enacted. There are also purification ceremonies and a durbar of Chiefs.
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August 2004: KENYA/MURALAL - International Camel Derby & Festival
The Derby takes place at Maralal, Samburu District, centred at Yare Club & Camp, just four kilometres south of Maralal town on the Nyahururu road. . It is also a spectacular festival packed with a variety of events that draws visitors from all over the world. The Derby has been on the go since 1990, with entries from Australia, America, New Zealand, Canada, England, France, Spain, Japan, South Africa and beyond competing against the reigning Kenya champions in both the amateur and professional races. The route runs through semi-desert regions with varying levels of difficulty and camels (with or without handlers) are available to hire for those wishing to compete.
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09 August 2004: AROUND THE GLOBE - INT. DAY OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLE
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21 - 31 August 2004: DURBAN/SOUTH AFRICA - 7th Jomba! Contemporary Dance Experience
Jomba means "jump" in Zulu, and Jomba! will certainly made things jump on the dance scene in South Africa in 2004. Hosted by the University of Natal’s Centre for Creative Arts Jomba! 2003 offers a dynamic presentation of the finest in South African contemporary dance, plus two or three international dance companies. Jomba! will also include workshops, masterclasses, a schools programme, a writing dance history initiative, and the Jomba! Fringe. Thank you to all our participating dance companies, sponsors, the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre, Llianne Loots, Jomba! artistic director and the dance enthusiasts who support this successful festival.
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05 September 2004: AROUND THE GLOBE - INT. DAY OF PEACE
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September 2004 : ABIDJAN/IVORY COAST - MASA 2004

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September 2004: HEIDELBERG/SOUTH AFRICA - 2004 WOODSTOCK
South Africa's premier youth music and lifestyle festival - 3 Stages representing the top rock, pop, hip hop, and contemporary acts in South Africa. Complete beat bliss of all genres of dance music, situated 2km from the main stage in a valley of its own. featuring some of SA's top extreme sports entertainers and sporty stunt men.
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end of September 2004: DURBAN/SOUTH AFRICA - Standard Bank Awesome Africa Festival
Performing artists:
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October 2004: DURBAN/SOUTH AFRICA - 25th Durban International Film Festival
Having completed its 25th year in 2004, this South African international film festival is a unique phenomenon on the local cultural calendar. In a time when the television industry is centred in Gauteng and foreign production houses favour Cape Town as a location, the city of Durban lays claim to producing probably the country's largest and liveliest film festival. Hosted by the University of Natal's Centre for Creative Arts the festival presents a diverse world-class selection of 75-100 films within a two-week festival format, most of them first-time premiere screenings in Durban. Cutting-edge genres and high-art films shared a platform with topical documentaries and selected mainstream blockbusters of tomorrow. Comedies, thrillers, children's films and a touch of the macabre are included. Films from almost 30 countries are represented, and the international nature of the festival is balanced with a highlighted component of the finest of South African and African cinema.
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October 2004: CAIRO/EGYPT: CAIRO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
With its ancient history, and vast motion picture industry, Egypt became the cultural capital of the Arab world. Egypt's cinema's influence on the Arabs is as profound as that of the American cinema on the rest of the world. That why Cairo is known to be "Hollywood" of the Middle East.
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07 - 10 October 2004: LESOTHO - Morija Arts & Cultural Festival
Each year on the first Thursday of October, the Festival is alive and kicking again. The main days of the Festival will be Friday through Sunday. During the four days of the Festival about 40 events will take place at 8 venues in Morija which cater for all tastes in music, dance, drama and film. At the main Arena, Thabeng Football Grounds, are also found arts & crafts displays and sales, as well as information booths and tents marketing a wide range of products, including food and drinks of different traditions. Concerts, Jazz, Famo, Gospel & Kwaito will highlight each day.The friendly & festive atmosphere of this Festival is unique and each visitor is highly welcomed
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19 - 21 October 2004: SOUTH AFRICA - One World Beat Festival
Held on Tswhane - on the first weekend of spring 2003, musicians and bands of all styles and levels will perform around the world in the first One World Beat music festival. One World Beat is an opportunity for local musicians, bands, venues and non-profit organizations to participate in a global project - for a good cause.
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24 October 2004: AROUND THE GLOBE - WORLD DEVELOPMENT DAY
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November 2004: MOMBASA/KENYA - MOMBASA CARNIVAL
The Mombasa carnival features parades and floats from every conceivable cultural, national and religious group in Kenya. There are two main parades which converge onto Moi Avenue which feature incredible floats, spectacular costumes and fantastic music.
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Mid November 2004: KUMBO/CAMEROON - NSO CULTURAL WEEK
Horse races trough the streets of Kumbo, a town in western Cameroon, during NSO Cultural Week.
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16 November 2004: AROUND THE GLOBE - ANNUAL DAY OF TOLERANCE
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20 November 2004: AROUND THE GLOBE - AFRICA INDUSTRIALIZATION DAY
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20 November 2004: AROUND THE GLOBE - UNIVERSAL CHILDREN'S DAY
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21 November 2004: AROUND THE GLOBE - WORLD TELEVISION DAY
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December 2004: DIAFARABE/MALI - CROSSING OF THE CATTLE
The Cattle Crossing is the most important Fulani festival in Diafarabe. Every December, herders bring cattle from the grazing lands to the river at Diafarabe. Here everyone crosses the river. On the other side families are reunited for a few days, before they take the cattle to new pastures. The first day is the Promenade des Jeunes, when the unmarried men and women dress up to attract each other. There is also a competition to judge the fattest and best looked-after cattle, with useful prizes.
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December 2004: GHANA/SANDEMA - FIOK
December. Sandema; 838km north of Accra in the Upper East Region. The annual Fiok festival is celebrated by the Builsas of Sandema. This is a War festival, which re-enacts the ancient heroic exploits of the Builsas. Amid drumming and dancing, the gods are invoked for protection and a bountiful harvest.
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03 - 05 December 2003 : MONACO - MONACO WORLD SUMMIT 16th Session in Monte-Carlo
A yearly International Meeting in an exclusive frame offering numerous opportunities for Governments and the Private Sector.
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20 - 22 December 2004: BAFUT/CAMEROON- ANNUAL CULTURAL FESTIVAL
On 20 December there is a huge feast and festival with many masks and costumes in Bafut, north of Bamenda and in Bali (west of Bamenda) 20 to 22 December.
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26 December 2004 - 01 January 2005: AROUND THE GLOBE - KWANZAA
KWANZAA is derived from the Kiswahili phrase "matunda ya kwanza", which means "first fruits of the harvest" which is a depiction of the celebration of harvesting the first crops in traditional Africa.
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27 December 2004: AROUND THE GLOBE - AFRICA MEDIA DAY
3rd Celebration of AFRICA DAY and presentation of the "MOTHER AFRICA AWARD".
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28 December 2004 - 13 January 2005: SENEGAL : PARIS-DAKAR 2005
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2005


01 January 2005: AROUND THE GLOBE - ONE DAY
One Day of Peace, and Sharing, every January 1st, for Everyone on Earth. OneDay is a holiday designed to decrease violence, hunger and hate through the establishment of a shared annual tradition for the entire human family. It belongs to no government or religion, and knows no national boundaries.
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06 January 2005: GHANA/ELMINA - EDINA BURONYA
1st Thursday of the New Year. Elmina, Central Region 157 km West of Accra. This is the native version of Christmas, which is exclusively celebrated by the People of Elmina (Edina). The Festival was influenced by the Portuguese settlers who celebrated a similar event every January. For the people of Edina, it is a period of purification, sacrifices to the gods, remembrance of the dead and the welcoming of a New Year. Families pour libation and invite friends to participate in dining and merry-making throughout the town.
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January 2005: ADIS ABEBA/ETHIOPIA: TIMKET/EPIPHANY
Timket, or the Feast of the Epiphany, is celebrated in the January, 2004. The 3-day event commemorates the baptism of Christ and is one of the most colourful Ethiopian festivals. The night before the Timket, priests take the Tabot (which symbolises the Ark of the Covenant, containing the Ten Commandments) from each church to a tent at a consecrated pool or stream. There is frenetic activity, including the ringing of bells, blowing of trumpets and the burning of incense. In Addis Ababa, tents are pitched at Jan Meda, to the northeast of the city centre. At 02h00, mass is celebrated, attended by crowds of people carrying lighted oil lamps. At dawn, the priest uses a ceremonial cross to extinguish a candle burning on a pole in a nearby river. Inevitably, some of the congregation leap into the river. The Tabots are then taken back to the churches in procession, accompanied by horsemen, while the festivities continue.
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06 January - 05 April 2005: TANZANIA - SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK: TRACK OF THE WILDEBEEST
Follow the awesome Wildebeest migration through the Serengeti and you'll never feel the same again. Serengeti means 'endless plains' and at 14,763 square kilometres in size this National Park has certainly been given a suitable name. It has the fortune of being touched by the annual wildebeest migration - which is one of the world's rare undisturbed migrations and hugely important to the area's fragile ecosystem - including the preservation of the region's food chain.
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15 January 2005: BIRTHDAY MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.

February 2005: NIGERIA - DUNBAR FESTIVAL
The Durbar festival is celebrated at the culmination of the two great Muslim festivals Id el Fitri and Id el Kabir. The festival gives a good idea of the past glories of the emirate before the influence of western culture. On the big day, in Katsina and Kano, in the north of Nigeria, the day is marked with a gaudy parade of ornately dressed horsemen, Emirs dressed in ceremonial robes, muscle-bound wrestlers and lute players in headdresses.
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02 - 04 February 2005 : MONACO - EARTH SUMMIT 2005
The Monaco World Summit, under the High Patronage of HSH Prince Rainier III, Sovereign Prince of Monaco, in association with UNESCO, convenes an Earth Summit and invites the World's Decision makers (Heads of State and Government, Ministers, International Organisations, Private sector, Culture, University, Religion) to Monaco on February 2 to 4, 2005 to address key issues linked to the new century.
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March 2005: DURBAN/SOUTH AFRICA - Standard Bank Awesome Africa Festival
On the above date, a standard 42.2 km marathon and a 21.1 km half marathon will be run from the town of Moshi, Tanzania. Please note that the half marathon route is still to be finalised. This race has been set up to promote the sport in Tanzania, and has the official backing of the Tanzania Tourist Board, the Tanzania Amateur Athletics Association, the IAAF, and is registered with AIMS.
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22 March 2005: AROUND THE GLOBE - WORLD DAY FOR WATER
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Last week March towards April 2005: BOUAKE/IVORY COAST - BOAKE CARNIVAL
A week long carnival in Bouaké each March, a festivity attracting thousands of visitors.
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April 2005: ACCRA/GHANA - AFRICA4AFRICA FESTIVAL
In collaboration with well respected charitable organizations, the African/African -American Music Entertainment and Cait Entertainment would be organizing a festival. This project consists of a music festival to be held in Accra, Ghana, during a 4 day event in May 2004. Artists and guest artists from the entire African continent and from around the world will perform during these four (4) days of tribute to the children victims of AIDS and HIV on the continent and throughout the world.
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April 2005: GOMON/IVORY COAST - BOAKE CARNIVAL
Held in Gomon, near Abidjan, this festival starts around midnight, when women and children sneak out of their huts and, naked, carry out nocturnal rites to exorcise the village of evil spells. Before sunrise the chief appears, drums pound and villagers go into trances. The frenzy continues until late afternoon of the next day.
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April 2005: MALI - Fête des Masques
The Dogons are famous for their masks and during the five-day event many of them are used in ritual ceremonies that go back more than 1000 years . At each Sigui festival, a new ceremonial mask is carved especially for the occasion, then placed in the Tellem caves. Remnants of these masks going back hundreds of years have been found in the caves.
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May 2005: GHANA/KROBO ODUMASE - DIPO
1st Saturday of May. Krobo Odumase, Eastern Region. 80 km. east of Accra. A Puberty Festival by the Krobos (of Somanya, Odumase) when girls at adolescent age are initiated into womanhood with a parade. The attire of the girls is close to nudity.
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03 May 2005: AROUND THE GLOBE - WORLD PRESS FREEDOM DAY
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26 May 2005: AFRICA - AFRICAN UNION DAY
Third Celebration of the African Union, legally came into effect on 26 May 2001.
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May/June 2005: SENEGAL/DAKAR- KAAY FECC
The Kaay Fecc festival: an international festival featuring all dancing styles and traditions. The Festival is hosted in Dakar every 2 years.
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June 2005 : WASHINGTON DC/USA - US-AFRICA Business Summit 2005

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Once every two years, the Corporate Council on Africa (CCA) convenes the premier gathering in the United States of business and government leaders who are united by their shared commitment to promoting trade and investment between the U.S. and Africa. The fifth U.S.-Africa Business Summit’s goal is to facilitate export/import trading, identify agents, representatives and distributors, explore joint venture partnerships and strategic alliances, and to promote foreign direct investment in Africa
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June 2005 : SWITZERLAND/MONTANA - CRANS MONTANA FORUM
The Crans Montana Forum aims to gather Government Officials and International Organisations with Presidents and C.E.O. of financial, banking, trade and industrial companies. It aims to facilitate in the most informal ways, private encounters between Official and Private Sector's Representatives, in depth discussions about global topics, reciprocal understanding facilitating the closing of deals and the investment process.
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Early June 2005: MOROCCO/FEZ - World Festival of Sacred Music
A joyful celebration of the divine, B'ismillah, in the name of God, brings together Pakistani qawwali chants, Egyptian madhi odes, flamenco-style Christian saeta, ancient gwalior chants from northern India, Sufi music of the whirling dervishes and more, performed by internationally renowned artists from the US, France, Spain, South Africa, Turkey, Iran, Armenia, Egypt, Morocco, Israel, Senegal, Poland, Greece and India.
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01 July 2005: GHANA/ELMINA - BAKATUE REGATTA
1st Thursday of July. Elmina, 157 km West of Accra, in the Central Region. It is celebrated by the people Elmina, traditional area, this colourful festival attracts tourists from far and near. There is a Royal procession of Chiefs and Queenmothers, most of them riding in well-decorated palanquins through the principal streets to a sacred shrine where the Chief's Linguist pours libation and sprinkles sacred food. There is Regatta on the Benya Lagoon.
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July 2005: GHANA: PANAFEST 2005
Panafest is a biennial festival of African dance, music and other performing arts that is held every two years in Ghana. A cultural event dedicated to the enhancement of the ideals of Pan-Africanism and the development of the African continent. It is organized biennially for Africans and people of Africa descent as well as all persons committed to the well being of Africans on continent and in the diaspora. The essential thrust of PANAFEST is to enhance DEVELOPMENT.
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End of July - Beginning of August 2005: GHANA/ADA - ASAFOTUFIAM
Last Thursday in July to the first weekend of August. Ada. Greater Accra Region. -71km east of Accra. Asafotufiam is an annual festival celebrated by the people of Ada to commemorates the victories of their warriors in battle and mourn those who lost their lives. The historic events are re-enacted. There are also purification ceremonies and a durbar of Chiefs.
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18 July 2005: AFRICA: BIRTHDAY OF NELSON MANDELA
Birthday of Father Africa, dr Nelson "Madiba" Mandela.
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August 2005: KENYA/MURALAL - International Camel Derby & Festival
The Derby takes place at Maralal, Samburu District, centred at Yare Club & Camp, just four kilometres south of Maralal town on the Nyahururu road. . It is also a spectacular festival packed with a variety of events that draws visitors from all over the world. The Derby has been on the go since 1990, with entries from Australia, America, New Zealand, Canada, England, France, Spain, Japan, South Africa and beyond competing against the reigning Kenya champions in both the amateur and professional races. The route runs through semi-desert regions with varying levels of difficulty and camels (with or without handlers) are available to hire for those wishing to compete.
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August 2005: DURBAN/SOUTH AFRICA - 7th Jomba! Contemporary Dance Experience
Jomba means "jump" in Zulu, and Jomba! will certainly made things jump on the dance scene in South Africa in 2005. Hosted by the University of Natal’s Centre for Creative Arts Jomba! 2005 offers a dynamic presentation of the finest in South African contemporary dance, plus two or three international dance companies. Jomba! will also include workshops, masterclasses, a schools programme, a writing dance history initiative, and the Jomba! Fringe. Thank you to all our participating dance companies, sponsors, the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre, Llianne Loots, Jomba! artistic director and the dance enthusiasts who support this successful festival.
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09 August 2005: AROUND THE GLOBE - INT. DAY OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLE
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25 August 2005: GHANA/GONJALAND - DAMBA
Gonjaland, Mamprusi land and Nanumbaland, Upper West Region. Ushers in the new yam. Originally linked with Islam to mark the birth of Mohammed, the two-day festival has gradually taken on a traditional rather than Islamic tone, with pageantry and showmanship.
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End of August 2005: GHANA/SALTPOND - ODAMBEA
Last Saturday of August. Saltpond, Central Region -119km West of Accra. Celebrated by the Chiefs and people of the Saltpond (Nkusukum) Traditional Area. This event commemorates the migration of the Nkusukum people to their present settlement. Odambea means 'fortified link'. A special feature is the re-enactment of the ancient life styles of the people.
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04 September 2005: GHANA/CAPECOAST - FETU AFAHYE (CARNIVAL)
September (1st Saturday). Cape Coast,144 km West of Accra in the Central Region. A very colourful festival. Like all grand festivals, there is a procession of Chiefs drumming and dancing and firing of musketry but there is a uniqueness in the traditional attire of the various warrior groups and the slaughtering of a cow in public for the 77 gods of Oguaa (Cape Coast).
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05 September 2005: AROUND THE GLOBE - INT. DAY OF PEACE
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September 2005: ABIDJAN/IVORY COAST - MASA 2005

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September 2005: HEIDELBERG/SOUTH AFRICA - 2005 WOODSTOCK
South Africa's premier youth music and lifestyle festival - 3 Stages representing the top rock, pop, hip hop, and contemporary acts in South Africa. Complete beat bliss of all genres of dance music, situated 2km from the main stage in a valley of its own. featuring some of SA's top extreme sports entertainers and sporty stunt men.
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end of September 2005: DURBAN/SOUTH AFRICA - Standard Bank Awesome Africa Festival
Performing artists:
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October 2005: LESOTHO - Morija Arts & Cultural Festival
Each year on the first Thursday of October, the Festival is alive and kicking again. The main days of the Festival will be Friday through Sunday. During the four days of the Festival about 40 events will take place at 8 venues in Morija which cater for all tastes in music, dance, drama and film. At the main Arena, Thabeng Football Grounds, are also found arts & crafts displays and sales, as well as information booths and tents marketing a wide range of products, including food and drinks of different traditions. Concerts, Jazz, Famo, Gospel & Kwaito will highlight each day.The friendly & festive atmosphere of this Festival is unique and each visitor is highly welcomed
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October 2005: DURBAN/SOUTH AFRICA - 26th Durban International Film Festival
Having completed its 26th year in 2005, this South African international film festival is a unique phenomenon on the local cultural calendar. In a time when the television industry is centred in Gauteng and foreign production houses favour Cape Town as a location, the city of Durban lays claim to producing probably the country's largest and liveliest film festival. Hosted by the University of Natal's Centre for Creative Arts the festival presents a diverse world-class selection of 75-100 films within a two-week festival format, most of them first-time premiere screenings in Durban. Cutting-edge genres and high-art films shared a platform with topical documentaries and selected mainstream blockbusters of tomorrow. Comedies, thrillers, children's films and a touch of the macabre are included. Films from almost 30 countries are represented, and the international nature of the festival is balanced with a highlighted component of the finest of South African and African cinema.
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October 2005: CAIRO/EGYPT: CAIRO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
With its ancient history, and vast motion picture industry, Egypt became the cultural capital of the Arab world. Egypt's cinema's influence on the Arabs is as profound as that of the American cinema on the rest of the world. That why Cairo is known to be "Hollywood" of the Middle East.
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24 October 2005: AROUND THE GLOBE - WORLD DEVELOPMENT DAY
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November 2005: MOMBASA/KENYA - MOMBASA CARNIVAL
The Mombasa carnival features parades and floats from every conceivable cultural, national and religious group in Kenya. There are two main parades which converge onto Moi Avenue which feature incredible floats, spectacular costumes and fantastic music.
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November 2005: MAN/IVORY COAST - Fêtes des Masques
One of Côte d'Ivoire's most famous festivals is the Fêtes des Masques (Festival of Masks), which takes place in the region of Man occurs in November. Numerous small villages in the region hold contests to determine the best dancers and to pay homage to forest spirits who are embodied in the elaborate masks.
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16 November 2005: AROUND THE GLOBE - ANNUAL DAY OF TOLERANCE
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20 November 2005: AROUND THE GLOBE - AFRICA INDUSTRIALIZATION DAY
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20 November 2005: AROUND THE GLOBE - UNIVERSAL CHILDREN'S DAY
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21 November 2005: AROUND THE GLOBE - WORLD TELEVISION DAY
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December 2005: DIAFARABE/MALI - CROSSING OF THE CATTLE
The Cattle Crossing is the most important Fulani festival in Diafarabe. Every December, herders bring cattle from the grazing lands to the river at Diafarabe. Here everyone crosses the river. On the other side families are reunited for a few days, before they take the cattle to new pastures. The first day is the Promenade des Jeunes, when the unmarried men and women dress up to attract each other. There is also a competition to judge the fattest and best looked-after cattle, with useful prizes.
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01 December 2005: AROUND THE GLOBE - WORLD AIDS DAY
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December 2005: GHANA/SANDEMA - FIOK
December. Sandema; 838km north of Accra in the Upper East Region. The annual Fiok festival is celebrated by the Builsas of Sandema. This is a War festival, which re-enacts the ancient heroic exploits of the Builsas. Amid drumming and dancing, the gods are invoked for protection and a bountiful harvest.
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December 2005: BAFUT/CAMEROON- ANNUAL CULTURAL FESTIVAL
On 20 December there is a huge feast and festival with many masks and costumes in Bafut, north of Bamenda and in Bali (west of Bamenda) 20 to 22 December.
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26 December 2005 - 01 January 2006: AROUND THE GLOBE - KWANZAA
KWANZAA is derived from the Kiswahili phrase "matunda ya kwanza", which means "first fruits of the harvest" which is a depiction of the celebration of harvesting the first crops in traditional Africa.
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27 December 2005: AROUND THE GLOBE - AFRICA MEDIA DAY
3rd Celebration of AFRICA DAY and presentation of the "MOTHER AFRICA AWARD".
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28 December 2005 - 13 January 2006: SENEGAL : PARIS-DAKAR 2006
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