The Ghana Culture Forum (GCF) in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts and a number of partners will celebrate Ghanaian culture and arts on March 14, a day set aside as Ghana Culture Day at the National Theatre.
According to the Co-Convener of the Ghana Culture Forum Prof Esi Sutherland – Addy, the day is set aside to highlight Ghana’s rich cultural heritage and creative industries. The theme for the day is “Ghana Culture on the Move: The Economic Impact of the Arts and Culture on National Development”.
Programmes lined up for the day include an interactive forum on the Forty Year National Development Plan – The Place of Arts and Culture with the main presenter being Dr. Nii Moi Thompson, Director-General, National Development Planning Commission of Ghana.
There will also be an emporium dubbed a Courtyard of Cultural Interaction and Expressions. This will feature a culinary exhibition, visual arts exhibition, film screening and presentations and an exhibition of musical CDs, Ghanaian music and movie videos. Other features of the emporium include an exhibition on Ghanaian cultural heritage, exhibition on the use of indigenous science and technology.
Members of the Performing Arts domains will also thrill patrons at the Ghana Culture Day celebrations with musical performances, drama, spoken word, readings and storytelling. The day will be climaxed with a Tribute to Fallen Heroes in arts and culture featuring performances by various groups and artistes.
The interaction at the Forum and different artistic programmes are aimed at promoting the appreciation of the necessity of mainstreaming culture in national development. It will also provide the opportunity for sharing ideas on policies and actions in the sector and draw the important linkages and relationship between culture and other sectors of national development as we engage in the consultations for a long term development plan for Ghana.
Participating institutions and groups include the National Commission on Culture, National Theatre of Ghana, National Drama Company, National Dance Company, National Symphony Orchestra, Actors Guild of Ghana, Noyam Institute for Arts, Musicians Union of Ghana, Concert Party Union, Professional Musicians Association of Ghana, Ehalakasa, Ghana Association of Phonographic Industries (GAPI), Ghana Association of Visual Artists, Foundation for Female Photojournalists (FFP), Aid to Artisans Ghana, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Women’s Arts Institute Africa (Ghana), Fashion Forum Ghana (FFG), Ghana Academy of Film and Television Arts, Film Producers Association of Ghana, National Film and Television Institute, Ghana Association of Audio and Audio-Visual Distributors, Audio Visual Rights Society of Ghana, Ghana Association of Writers, Ghana Book Publishers Association, Bureau of Ghana Languages, Migrating Culture, Ghana Museums and Monuments Board, Ghana Dance Association, Women in Performing Arts, Actresses Association of Ghana, Cook Art Ghana among others.
The Ghana Culture Forum is a membership-based civil society consultative and advocacy network of cultural practitioners, activists and organisations. It is united around a common vision of affirming the cultural foundations of development and enhancing the profile, value and impact of the cultural sector. A key aspect of its work is advocacy on the development of the creative industries in Ghana.
It was established in 2012 and this year’s celebration of Ghana Culture Day is the fourth edition of the Culture Day.