Come March 14th this year, the National Theatre will come alive as stakeholders within the Ghanaian culture fraternity and the general public gather to observe the annual Ghana Culture Day.
The 2017 edition of Ghana Culture Day will be held under the central theme: “60thAnniversary of Ghana’s Independence: Cultural Re-orientation for the Emergence of the New Ghanaian,” and is being organised by the Ghana Culture Forum in conjunction with the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, the National Commission on Culture, the National Theatre of Ghana and a number of partners.
Day will be marked with an Interactive Forum on “Optimising the Potential of the Creative Economy for National Development.” It will take place from 9.30am – 12.30pm
Forum will be followed by an Emporium (exhibitions and performances) from 1.00pm – 5.00pm on the same day.
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 opportunity for sharing ideas on policies and actions in the sector and draw the important linkages and relationships between culture and other sectors of national development.
The emporium is a Courtyard of Cultural Interaction and Expressions. This will feature a culinary exhibition, visual arts exhibition, Fashion exposition and dialogue, 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 – local architecture, indigenous health products etc
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.
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, Musicians Union of Ghana, Veterans Musicians Association of Ghana, Concert Party Union, Ehalakasa, Ghana Association of Phonographic Industries (GAPI), Ghana Association of Visual Artists, Aid to Artisans Ghana, Foundation for Contemporary Art, Ghana Academy of Film and Television Arts, Film Producers Association of Ghana, National Film and Television Institute, Film Directors Guild of Ghana, 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, Ghana Museums and Monuments Board, Ghana Heritage Conservation Trust, Department of Archaeology and Heritage Studies, Institute of African Studies, School of Performing Arts (University of Ghana, Legon), Models Union of Ghana, Fashion Forum Ghana, Ghana Fashion Designers Association, Ghana Dance Association, Women in Performing Arts, Actresses Association of Ghana, Noyam Institute for the Arts, Cook Art Ghana, Centre for Plant Medicine Research, Mampong, Vegetarian Association of Ghana, Ghana Institute of Architects, 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 fifth edition of the Culture Day.