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African traditional dance members perform during a parade on the eve of the second Pan-African Cultural Festival (PANAF), on July 4, 2009. in Algiers. Algeria is hosting the second PANAF at the request of the African Union, 40 years after the north African country staged the first such event, when several nations were still struggling for independence. More than 8,000 artists and writers from all over Africa, as well as Brazil and the United States, are descending on Algeria for a huge cultural festival that kicks off this weekend until July 20. AFP PHOTO/FAYEZ NURELDINE (Photo credit should read FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP/Getty Images)