PANAFEST is founded on the premise that the arts, particularly theatre, are powerful tools of communication and healing and that people need to create new expressions and commemorations and platforms for dialogue to provide the inspiration for mobilizing energies for moving on to greater heights. To this end, the 2021 edition will honour heroes like Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, Dr. Edward Burghart Du Bois, and other great ancestors who have built on the Pan-African ideals. In addition to the festival vision Re-Uniting the African Family it has the specific theme: “SECURING THE AFRICAN FAMILY: OUR SOUL, OUR HEALTH, OUR WEALTH”. This forms part of activities commemorating the “Beyond The Return” celebrations.
2021 PANAFEST / EMANCIPATION PROGRAMME
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The PANAFEST Festival was inspired by and takes its source from a paper written in 1980 entitled “Proposal for a Historical Drama Festival in Cape Coast” by Dr. Mrs. Efua Sutherland, who was a distinguished Ghanaian Dramatist and Pan-Africanist. In 1991 the idea gained root and took shape in an expanded form as the Pan-African Historical Theater Festival (PANAFEST). In October of that year, PANAFEST was officially launched and in December of the same year, the national phase of the festival was held in Cape Coast, Ghana after a series of activities which included a national playwriting competition, organized seminars and workshops on Pan-Africanism across the country.