As part of efforts at promoting tourism through culture and creative arts, the Ministry has rolled out a number of programmes, one of which is the Ghana Carnival which is scheduled for the 10th and 11th of December, 2015 at the National Theatre and Independence Square respectively.
The first took place in Accra in 2013, after a teaser had been organised by the Ministry and its agencies in 2012.
The theme for this year’s is “Promoting the Ghanaian Identity and Culture through Carnival” and it is aimed at promoting the Ghanaian culture and identity for national development whilst giving the citizenry the opportunity to experience the benefits of carnivals.
It is also an avenue to create an enabling environment for domestic tourism to thrive by bringing people together to enjoy the rich Ghanaian culture and tourism, unearthing of the creative potential of Ghanaians as well as synergising regional values for social cohesion, wealth creation and business development and promotion
According to the Minister for Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, Hon. Elizabeth Ofosu-Adjare, the Ghana Carnival will be used to portray Ghana’s culture thus the representation of cultural groups from all the ten regions to perform and showcase their regional values and identity.
Aside the cultural troupes, masqueraders, keep fit clubs, professional associations, tourism clubs, asafo groups and regional representatives, invitations have also been extended to other countries in Africa, Europe and Americas to add an international appeal to the carnival.
The Ministry’s long term intention is to make the carnival a sustainable annual event in Ghana which will be promoted and marketed overseas.
OUTLINED ACTIVITIES FOR THE CARNIVAL
The carnival begins on Thursday, 10th December, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. with a float from Danquah Circle through the Osu Oxford Street to the Forecourt of the National Theatre for the official opening ceremony and costume showcase.
Friday, 11th December 2015, will be the grand Street Carnival/Float through two major Routes; Obra Spot – Independence Square and Trade Fair – Independence Square from 9:00 a.m.
Both Routes will terminate at the Independence Square where there will be Exhibitions, food bazaar and cultural performances from Regional groups, up-coming musicians and other well-known Ghanaian musicians.