Come July, carnival fever will grip Accra with the 3rd Ghana Carnival 2016. The city’s streets will be awash with revellers who will give a new meaning to ecstatic excitement and frenzy in the spirit of jamboree and merrymaking.
With what promises to be a grand celebration of the country’s culture and tourism, the event will provide another opportunity for Ghana to showcase its rich heritage to indenges and visitors amidst a blend of pomp, pageantry and fun.
The three days event which takes place from the 1st to 3rd July, will commence with a float from the Obra Spot at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle through the Ring Road to Osu Oxford Street to the Black Star Square and willl feature street performers from all 10 regions with a mammoth jam at the La Pleasure Beach on the last day. Thousands of people are expected to participate in this colourful and flamboyant display of Ghana’s tourism and cultural offerings.
Speaking at the launch of the Carnival at the plush Coconut Grove Regency Hotel in Accra, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts Mrs. Elizabeth Ofosu-Adjare opined that the continued organization of the Ghana Carnival event was evidence of her ministry’s “untiring efforts at finding innovative ways of spicing up the tourism landscape and promoting, especially domestic tourism.”
Highlighting the objective of the event, Mrs. Ofosu-Adjare cited the promotion of domestic tourism through culture and creative arts. Additionally she said, ” It is also to afford creative arts practitioners the platform to showcase their potential in respect of costume designing, dance choreography, music composition, art etc.”
“…the carnival is to bring together the diverse and unique Ghanaian cuilture and traditions fom the various regional cultural troupes and groupes that would be represented, thereby forging unity in diversity whilst synergising regional values for social cohesion.”
The Minister maintained that the ultimate goal of the Carnival is that it be used as a tool for socio-economic development by encouraging the establishment of business linkages, wealth creation and promotion of business ideas among the huge numbers of people who congregate around it.
Under the theme, ‘My Culture Rocks,’ Ghana Carnival 2016 will also feature music and dance groups, students, associations, corporate bodies and a host of others from across the length and breadth of the country. The event is expected to attract participants from countries such as, Togo, Nigeria, Seychelles, Trinidad and Tobago among others.
Launched in 2012 with the first edition taking place a year later, the Ghana Carnival is an event produced by the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts in collaboration with the Ghana Society, UK and other partners. This year’s is supported by Coconut Grove Hotels, Papaye Fast Foods, GN Bank, Ghana National Fire Service, Promassidor.