PANAFEST - July 24, 2019

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  • PANAFEST is founded on the premises that the arts, particularly theatre,  are powerful tools of communication and healing and that a 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 2019 edition will, as has been done since the institution of Emancipation day, be celebrated as PANAFEST /Emancipation. In addition to the festival vision Re-Uniting the African Family it has the specific theme: “BEYOND 400 YEARS; REACHING ACROSS CONTINENTS INTO THE FUTURE”.  This forms part of activities commemorating the  ‘Year of Return, Ghana 2019‘.

     

    2019 PANAFEST / EMANCIPATION PROGRAMME

    DATE TIME (GMT) EVENT VENUE PERFORMERS
    SAT. JULY 20 PRA RIVER CROSSING & DURBAR

     

    ASSIN PRASO
    SAT. JULY 20 PRE-PANAFEST SLAVE ROUTE PILGRIMAGE AND ATONMENT CEREMONIES SITES ON SLAVE ROUTES (BEGINNING FROM NORTHERN GHANA)
    WED. JULY 24 WREATH LAYING CEREMONY “TRIBUTE TO PAN AFRICAN PIONEERS” W.E.B. DUBOIS CENTRE,

    GEORGE PADMORE LIBRARY, NKRUMAH MAUSOLEUM

    WED. JULY 24 19HRS. GMT FILM: SINS OF THE FATHER SILVER BIRD CINEMA, ACCRA MALL.
    THUR.

    JULY 25

    MORNING TRAVEL DAY TO CENTRAL REGION CAPE COAST
    THUR. JULY 25 MORNING MASQUERADES COMPETITION  WINNEBA & CAPE COAST WINNEBA & CAPE COAST MASQUERADES
    THUR. JULY 25 AFTERNOON VISIT TO KAKUM NATIONAL PARK KAKUM PARK, CENTRAL REGION
    FRI.

    JULY 26

    MORNING

    08:00HRS GMT

    RETURN JOURNEY- SYMBOLIC BOAT RIDE FOR DIASPORA RETURNEES RIDE FROM C/COAST CASTLE DOOR OF NO RETURN TO ELMINA CASTLE DUNGEON CAPE COAST CASTLE/DUNGEON COURTYARD ASAFO CO. #5 BROFOMBA
    FRI. JULY 26 10:00HRS GMT

     

     

     

     

    13:00HRS-16:00HRS

    Traditional African AKWAABA CEREMONY by Edina Traditional Council  at St. George’s Castle, Elmina for the Diaspora family

     

     

    ELMINA CASTLE/DUNGEON FORECOURT

     

     

    JACK ELLIS BEACHSIDE

     

    NGOMA ENSEMBLE, CANADA;

     

     

    CRAAAG OPEN MIC, EDINA TRADITIONAL COUNCIL.

     

    FRI. JULY 26 15:00HRS GMT Official Opening ONE AFRICA WALLS OF REMEMBRANCE MUSEUM ONE AFRICA HEALTH RESORT- ITURE, ELMINA
    FRI. JULY 26 16:00HRS GMT OFFICIAL OPENING OF EXPO/BAZAAR CAPE COAST SPORTS STADIUM
    FRI. JULY 26 16:30HRS GMT PANAFEST STRONG MAN “MUSCLE BUILDING” CONTEST CAPE COAST SPORTS STADIUM CAMA
    FRI. JULY 26 19:00HRS GMT VARIETY PERFORMANCE NIGHT CAPE COAST SPORTS STADIUM LORLORNYO BORBORBOR (GHA),

    PAA KOFI MANNOH (GHA),

    D. Be’ JAYRI (CAN)

    RAS TAKURA (JAM), AFODAT (GHA), , COURTNEY BENNETT (USA)

    SAT. JULY 27 10:00HRS GMT OFFICIAL OPENING & GRAND DURBAR OF CHIEFS

    SPECIAL GUEST OF HONOUR:  H.E. President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo- Addo.

    Royal Procession of Chiefs, Queen Mothers, Asafo, masquerades, Dignitaries .

    Official Speeches, Solidarity Messages, Traditional Rites

    CAPE COAST SPORTS STADIUM  

    NGOMA ENSEMBLE (CAN), NAKEEYAT DRAMANI (2019 TV3 TALENTED KIDS CHAMPION), MESEYA BAND(GHA/USA), CNC FOLKLORIC (GHA), OGUAA AKORTOR (GHA), TWERIAMPON (GHA), AFODAT (GHA),

    SAT. JULY 27 19:00HRS GMT PANAFEST ALL STARS CONCERT CAPE COAST SPORTS STADIUM LADY PREMPEH, BESSA SIMONS,SARKODIE,OKYEAME KWAME,PATAPAA,TEEPHLOW , NAA AMANOA KOFI B, BLESS, PATAPAA,NANA AMANOA, BLESS, JUPITER,

    BEYOND SOUND (CANADA)

    SUN. JULY 28 9:00HRS  GMT INTERFAITH DIALOGUE,

     

     

    CAPE  COAST SPORTS STADIUM

     

     

      GODBOX Experience

    Rabbi Kohain (Hebrew), Rev. Traci Blackmon (Christian), Imam Abudul Aziz (Muslim), Manbo Dowoti Desir (Traditionalist), Ras Ahuma Bosco (Rastafarian)

    Prof. James Smalls (Black Conciousness), Dr. Mercy Oduyoye (Christian Traditonalist), Dr, Boykin Sanders (Christian), Ahmadiel Ben Yehuda (Hebrew), Malaak Shabazz (Muslim/Activist), Brazilian Spiritualist (Traditionalist)

    SUN. JULY 28 9:00HRS GMT OPTIONAL WORSHIPPING AT DIFFERENT CHURCHES ELMINA/CAPE COAST (EP CHURCH, ST FRANCIS de-SALES CATHEDRAL, WESLEY METHODIST CATHEDRAL, ANGLICAN CATHEDRAL
    10:00HRS -16:00HRS GMT COOKING COMPETITION CAPE COAST SPORTS STADIUM GTA
    SUN

    JULY

    13:30HRS GMT Official Opening  of BISA ABERWA MUSEUM (Unique Pan African Museum SEKONDI, WESTERN REGION A KWAW ANSAH INITIATIVE (Ghana’s formemost Pan  Africanist  Film maker)
    SUN. JULY 28 15:00HRS GMT INTERFAITH DIALOGUE CONTINUES CAPE COAST SPORTS STADIUM

    (Conference Room)

    Prof. Opoku Asare (Traditional Scholar), Dr. Umar Johnson (Black Consciousness), Dr. Iva Carruthers (Christian), Dr. Diana Echols (Hebrew), Nana Nketia IV (Traditionalist Scholar)
    SUN. JULY 28 19:00HRS GMT GOSPEL/SPIRITUAL NIGHT CAPE COAST SPORTS STADIUM LADY PREMPEH,REGIMENTAL BAND OF SELECTED SENIOR HIGH SCHOOLS,

    JOYCE MARTEY (GHA),

    MICO UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CHOIR (Jamaica) EP CHURCH CHOIR (GHA), UNITY BAND (GHA), AFODAT (GHA) BEYOND SOUND EMPIJAH (CAN)

     

    MON. JULY 29 8:00 – 9:30HRS GMT REGISTRATION FOR COLOQUIUM ATONKWA CULTURAL TROUPE (GHA)
    MON. JULY 29 10:00HRS GMT OFFICIAL OPENING OF COLLOQUIUM TOPIC-

    & EXHIBITION

    UNIVERSITY OF CAPE COAST (AMMISAH ARTHUR) GUEST SPEAKER –

    MINISTER OF CULTURE, COLOMBIA

    KEYNOTE SPEAKER:

    AMBASSADOR NII KWESI QUARTEY, DEPUTY CHAIR, AFRICAN UNION COMMISSION. (Africa and people of African descent deserve reparation for the devastation caused by the trans-Atlantic slave trade and its consequences).

    MON. JULY 29 12:00HRS GMT 14:00HRS GMT COLLOQUIUM LUNCH BREAK
    MON. JULY 29 14:00HRS GMT COLLOQUIUM CONTINUES UNIVERSITY OF CAPE COAST (AMMISAH ARTHUR) SESSION I: DR. JAMES MILES (AFRICAN DIASPORA DIVERSITY INSTITUTE)

     

    MON.

    JULY 29TH

    14:OOHRS GMT DANCE

    & MUSIC WORKSHOPS

    CENTRE FOR NATIONAL CULTURE, CAPE COAST (CNC) NATIONAL THEATRE OF GHANA
    MON. JULY 29  

    19:00 HRS -21:00HRS

    DOUBLE BILL THEATRE PERFORMANCES CENTRE FOR NATIONAL CULTURE, CAPE COAST (CNC)
    MON. JULY 29  

     

     

    19:00HRS GMT

     

     

     

     

     

     

    A) DRAMATIC READING OF AIME CESAIRE’S RETURN TO MY NATIVE LAND

     

     

    B)  ARAMINTA (THE HARRIET TUBMAN STORY)

     

     

     

    CENTRE FOR NATIONAL CULTURE, CAPE COAST (CNC)

     

    CENTRE FOR NATIONAL CULTURE, CAPE COAST (CNC)

     

     

     

    , JACQUES MARITAL FROM GUADELOUPETHE NATIONAL THEATRE OF GHANA

     

     

    20:00HRS GMT VARIETY PERFORMANCES CAPE COAST SPORTS STADIUM ARKAN (USA)

    WAZUMBIANS (GHA),

    PAA KOFI MANNOH (GHA),

    NII-AYI SOLOMON (GHA), THE HAYMAKER (GHA), JAH LIGHTING (GHA) PAKOTEY (GHA),

    TUE. JULY 30 9:30HRS GMT COLLOQUIUM CONTINUES UNIVERSITY OF CAPE COAST (AMMISAH ARTHUR)
    10:00HRS GMT WOMEN’S DAY : THEME; SISTER, SISTER: TELLING HER-STORY ACROSS CONTINENT INTO THE FUTURE CENTRE FOR NATIONAL CULTURE (CAPE COAST) DIVINE PERFORMERS (ISR), CNC FOLKLORIC (GHA), ESIE MENSAH CREATIONS , FOOD FAIR

    SPECIAL GUEST OF HONOUR: HON CHIEF OF STAFF.

    SPEAKERS DR. MJIBA FREHEWOT/PROF ESI SUTHERLAND-ADDY UNIV OF GHANA

    TUE. JULY 30 12:00 – 13:00HRS GMT COLLOQUIUM BREAK
    13:00 – 16:00HRS GMT COLLOQUIUM CONTINUES UNIVERSITY OF CAPE COAST (AMMISAH ARTHUR)
    TUE.

    JULY 30

    15:00 – 16.30HRS DANCE &MUSIC WORKSHOPS

     

     

    CENTRE FOR NATIONAL CULTURE(CAPE COAST)
    TUE. JULY 30 18:00HRS GMT THEATRE PERFORMANCE

    THE PRINCE AND THE SLAVE BY KOFI AKPABLI (Winner of 1st PANAFEST Play Competition 1991)

    CENTRE FOR NATIONAL CULTURE (CAPE COAST) GHANA ASSOCIATION OF WRITERS (GAW) DRAMA COMPANY
    TUE. JULY 30 19:00HRS GMT VARIETY PERFORMANCES CAPE COAST SPORTS STADIUM BAOBAB CHILDREN’S VILLAGE (GHA), BASH MODELLING (GHA), OGUAMAN CONCERT PARTY (GHA) SAVAGE/MUSIQ (GHA), BACK HOUSE (GHA)
    WED. JULY 31 9:00HRS – 10:30HRS GMT COLLOQUIUM : FINAL

    SESSION AND LAUNCH OF “JAMES TOWN TO JAMES TOWN” BY HON. KOJO YANKAH

    UNIVERSITY OF CAPE COAST (AMMISAH ARTHUR)  

     

    APEWOSIKA CYO CHOIR (GHA),

    10:00 HRS GMT YOUTH DAY/PAN AFRICAN STUDENTS SUMMIT CAPE COAST SPORTS STADIUM PANELS AND OPEN FORUM
    19:00HRS GMT REDEMPTION MARCH: CANDLE LIGHT PROCESSION FROM MFANTSIPIM SCHOOL TO CAPE COAST CASTLE ASAFO COMPANIES, CHOIRS, TOURISTS, PEOPLE OF AFRICAN DESCENT, FRIENDS OF AFRICA,
    21:00HRS GMT REVERENTIAL NIGHT AND DECLARATION OF EMANCIPATION AT MID-NIGHT BY THE HON. MINISTER FOR TOURISM, ARTS AND CULTURE

    (SOLEMN PERFORMANCES AND RITES)

    CAPE COAST CASTLE RAS TAKURA (JAM), ATONKWA CULTURAL TROUPE (GHA), STREETMIC MUSIC (GHA),

    MICO UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CHOIR (JAM), OGUAA YOUTH CHOIR, MDCC (CAPE COAST),  ST FRANCIS DESALES CATHEDRAL CHOIR,

    DIVINE PERFORMERS (ISRAEL), RED CUP VOICES (GHA),

    C-LINKS (USA) ,NGOMA ENSEMBLE, BEYOND SOUND & ESIE MENSAH(CAN)

    THUR. AUG 1  

    08:00HRS  GMT

     

     

     

    11:00HRS GMT

    EMANCIPATION DAY

    (PRE-DURBAR CEREMONIES, HEALING, NAMING, LIBATION. DONKOR NSUO (SLAVE RIVER)

     

     

    EMANCIPATION DAY DURBAR,

    TRADITIONAL ATONEMENT RITES, WREATH LAYING,

     

     

     

     

    ASSIN MANSO

     GTDC   GROUP/RIGHT OF RETURN GROUP

     

     

     

     

     

    AFRICAN FAMILY /LEADERS AND PEOPLE OF ASSIN APIMANIM   TRADITIONAL AREA

    THUR. AUG 1 19:00HRS GMT VARIETY PERFORMANCES CAPE COAST SPORTS STADIUM MUSIGA CENTRAL REGION
    AUG 2 08:30HRS GMT S ELMINA BEACH RESORT GBC
    AUG 2 20:00HRS GMT GHANA WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL DOME ARENA, TRADE FAIR, ACCRA INTERNATIONAL ARTS SOLUTION AGENCY
    AUG 3 20:00HRS GMT GHANA WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL DOME ARENA,TRADE FAIR,  ACCRA INTERNATIONAL ARTS SOLUTION AGENCY
    25TH-31STJULY PANAFEST FRINGE FESTIVAL ACTIVITIES: DEBATES, DRAMA, DANCE, SPOKEN WORD, FILM. TERRA ALTA DZORWULU. ACCRA ACCRA THEATRE WORKSHOP

     

     

     

     

    About PANAFEST

    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.

     

    HIGHLIGHTS of 2019 events

    1) SLAVE ROUTE PILGRIMAGE AND ATONEMENT CEREMONIES

    Leading up to the festival a 3-4day pilgrimage along the slave route mapped under the UNESCO slave route project will be offered as an option.

    2) WREATH LAYING & TRIBUTE TO THE ANCESTORS – 24th July 2019

    A major event for PANAFEST and Emancipation Day will consist of a Wreath laying programme and Tribute to the Pan African Pioneers in Accra beginning at the W.E.B. DuBois Centre for Pan African Culture and continuing to the George Padmore Library and ending up at the Dr. Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum.

    3) RETURN JOURNEY AND AKWAABA CEREMONY -26th July 2019

    The Programme will begin in the early morning with a gathering at the entrance of the Cape Coast Castle (Dungeon). 25 pre-selected Returnees will form a circle to invoke the spirit of the ancestors before proceeding to and through the “Door of No Return” to board canoes to begin the journey to Elmina

    4) THE PANAFEST VILLAGE/BAZAAR/EXPO : 26th July – 2nd August 2019

    The PANAFEST Village /Bazaar and Expo will be a permanent site for exhibition and sale of goods, refreshment services and performances.

    5) THE WORLD OF THE AFRICAN CHILD

    This is conceived as a day camp for children attending the festival. It will be subject to a procurement process to select a partner who will offer children a fascinating experience throughout the festival. It is expected that children will enter into their own world where they will have the opportunity to learn arts, skills and information grounded in the African experience and the joy of playing.

    6) COLLOQUIUM, LECTURES, ASSEMBLIES and DIALOGUES

    Colloquium: 29th – 31st July 2019

    Theme: Beyond 400 Years: Reaching Across Continents into the Future

    Working with the University of Cape Coast, Centre for African and International Studies a 4-day colloquium will be held to allow enough time for a debate on the theme. Publication of selected papers of this and earlier should be hardwired into the planning of the colloquium. At least two internationally renowned speakers should be invited to the colloquium.

    LECTURES- Keynote Speakers and Selected Panelists will be requested to give lectures at other sites in Ghana such as Accra and Kumasi

    6a) INTER-FAITH DIALOGUE- 28th July

    Faith Leaders from around the world convening an ecumenical gathering to dialogue on the role of religion in enslavement, colonialism and redemption and emancipation.

    7) Youth Assembly 2nd August 2019

    The International Hip Hop Pan African Diaspora Family Reunion a Pro Pan African development initiative convening an International Hip Hop/Rap Summit in collaboration with PANAFEST & MUSIGA.

    8) OPENING CEREMONY GRAND DURBAR OF CHIEFS AND QUEEN MOTHERS AND PEOPLES OF AFRICA -27th July 2019

    9) PERFORMANCES – Every evening

    9a)- Film Shows – Daily

    9b)- Artists Workshops – Daily

    10) REVERENTIAL NIGHT – 31st July 2019

    11) EMANCIPATION DAY – 1st August 2019

     

     

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