Event Category: Festival
About Year of Return, Ghana 2019
The “Year of Return, Ghana 2019” is a major landmark marketing campaign targeting the African – American and Diaspora Market to mark 400 years of the first enslaved African arriving in Jamestown Virginia.
Up coming programms
SEPTEMBER Organiser 6th -7th Voyajah Festival The Voyajah Foundation will be launching their inaugural Homecoming Programme in Ghana. Highlights of the programme include a Voyajah Homecoming Festival, panel discussions, networking events, historical group tours, pop ups stores and live music performances by both local and established high profile international artists. The Voyajah Foundation aims to inspire a generation by building bridges and legacies for generations to come. Voyajah 16th-22nd Akuapem Odwira Festival The Odwira festival is celebrated by the chiefs and peoples of Fanteakwa in the Eastern region . The Akuapem Odwira festival was initiated by the 19th Okuapimhene of Akropong, Nana Addo Dankwa 1 20th – 23rd Wormanne African Ware Festival Wormanne (meaning, Our Homeland) seeks to project the Korle Gonno as a community with a rich culture, a place of historic sites, a lineup of hotels and beach resorts. Thus, making it a tourist destination right in the city. The event is poised to popularize the sale and use of African made products/wares and simultaneously fused with entertainment ranging from folksongs and dance to Hi-life and Hip-life. The event is parked with different activities and a colourful display of artworks, crafts, clothing, jewellery, local foods, beverages and a rich traditional and cultural concept Native Tribe Ghana
Nkrumah Memorial Lecture Series The lecture series was named by the aforementioned (Dr. W.E.B. Du Bois, Mr. George Padmore and Dr. Kwame Nkrumah) for their immense contributions and achievement on Pan Africanism. The lecture commemorates the death and celebrate the achievements of political activists across the African Continent. Different topics in relation to Pan Africanism and how it relates to our lives are presented by the keynote speaker during each organized series. W.E.B. Du Bois Center 21st H.E.R Collective Presents Red, Black, and Gold Festival A day full of artist from all over the globe and some of Ghana’s very own local stars. Fun & games for the children such as arts & crafts, dancing competitions, food contest and so much more. There will be games and prizes for adults, raffles, icebreakers social mixer challenges, hidden figures history trivia, battle of the sexes, masquerades, drum circles, folklore tales food and all kinds of fun for the entire family!!!! H.E.R Collective
World Tourism Day
Is celebrated annually to foster awareness among the international community of the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic value. As the official day set aside in the United Nations Calendar the celebration seeks to highlight tourism’s potential to contribute to reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and addressing some of the most pressing challenges of today. Ghana Tourism Authority 28th Corporate Paragliding Ghana Tourism Authority OCTOBER 4th– 6th Remember the Times The exhibition will be divided into sections. The first focuses on showing the global reach that Ghanaian traditions, cultural practices and folk- lore have played outside of the country. Examples include the Kwaku Ananse stories that are popular in the Caribbean; the consumption of dishes such as koose/akara/akaraje in Brazil. In parts of Jamaica, traditional practices known in Ghana are still practiced including rites of pas- sage, ceremonies and libation pouring to the ancestors. The Calabash Hub 25th Madiba Humanitarian Award: Celebrating the Legacy Of Nelson Mandela The South African-based Nelson Mandela Foundation has approved BSMAA’s event as: the Madiba Humanitarian Award: Celebrating the Legacy Of Nelson Mandela. BSMAA’s Selection Awards Committee selects individuals who embody many of the principles that guided his life. The Bedford Stuyvesant Museum of African Art (BSMAA) 25th-26th The Blueprint Conference Ghana 2019 Seeking to unite interior design professionals and enthusiasts around riveting panels, work- shops and discussions on the role of design in the built environment. The Blueprint Conference is hosted by JSAID, an accredited interior design vocational school based in Lagos, Nigeria. However, the Ghanaian edition will be co-hosted with Blueprint Africa, an interior de- sign consultancy based between Abidjan and Accra. Jenniez School of African Interior Design in partnership with Blueprint Africa 25th Back To The Motherland: The Documentary A film screening event to showcase a recent documentary called ‘Back To The Motherland’. The event will include guest speakers, poets and Ghanaian performers who are relevant to the Diaspora. This documentary encourages Ghanaians in the Diaspora to relocate to Ghana and invest in the economy and features prominent Ghanaians such as H.E Papa Owusu-Ankomah, High Commissioner UK & Ireland and Dentaa Amoateng MBE. Sparkle Light Productions 29th Kumasi Carnival It’s the Caribbean type of carnival. There will be seminars, durbar of Chiefs and visit to tourist sites. The ceremony of the wall of return where Diasporians will wash their feet and face to signify their return home. NOVEMBER 2nd Ghana Carnival The Ghana Carnival is an event to showcase
Ghanaian culture through vibrant costumes and dance
MMRS & Ministry of Tourism, Arts & Culture 8th -15th NAFAC The NAFAC is 8th to 15 November in Koforidua. Is has all the 16 regions in Ghana exhibiting their various cultures and traditions, with their Regional minister’s and Paramount chiefs in attendance. 25th-30th Ba Yili! The Bureau of Ghana Languages has adopted an event to encourage the speaking of the indigenous Ghanaian languages among the citizens of Ghana and as well, create an avenue to introduce our returning brothers and sisters to them (indigenous Ghanaian languages). The event is dubbed “Ba Yili!” a coinage from the fusion of two Ghanaian language words Ga and Dagbani translation of “Come Home!” Bureau of Ghana Languages 29th-30th Kids Fun Fair Is an event aimed at introducing our kids to the Tourism Wealth of Mother Ghana. The maiden Edition was on the 19th of December 2017 at the Ghana Atomic Energy Park un- der the chairmanship of His Excellency Thomas Otchere, Hon Consul of Botswana. This event has been held an- nually under the chairmanship of Nii Okwei Kinka Dowu- na, Chief of OSU Traditional area in Accra on the 12 of December at the forecourt of the OSU palace.The 3rd edition was held at the Children’s park on the 8th of De- cember 2018, under the chairmanship of Hon Catherine Afeku, former Minster of Tourism.
The Theme for the Kids Tourism fair is Patriotism through Tourism. During the fair, there is a grand durbar of Chiefs and Queens of all the regions of Ghana by the kids. Also there are regional recitals on the Tourism wealth of each region by the kids.
Kids in Tourism 30th Roots Reggae Festival The Roots Reggae Festival celebrates unity and strength in bridging the Diaspora divide. DECEMBER 5th– 6th Kuenyehia Trust For Contemporary Art Contemporary Art has through the Kuenyehia Prize identified 42 talented Ghanaian artists including internationally acclaimed Bright Ackwerh, Yaw Owusu and Comfort Arthur. Artists will be selected from our shortlists to present artworks responding to the theme ”Diaspora – from local to foreign”, The artworks will be the artists’ interpretation of topical issues of “return”, resilience, identity and multiculturalism on a variety of mediums: paintings, illustrations, installations, sculpture, photography. Kuenyehia Trust For Contemporary Art 6th -7th Gold Coast Experience This event will introduce Ghanaian festivals to African Americans and others. The rich display of culture, the Ghanaian heritage and all the intriguing activities that take place during the festivities will all be glorious sights to be part of. EmergPR 6th-7th Kids in Tourism The Kids in Tourism Festival will enable kids to accept the rich Culture of Ghana, and appreciate unique Tourist attractions and contribute to the development of Ghana Tourism and the economy by participating in various tourism based activities. 6th
Roots Reggae Festival The Roots Reggae Festival celecrates unity and strength in bridging the Diaspora divide. 14th The Creatives Art Show It brings together Ghanaian and foreign artists living in the country. These individuals get to meet art devotees coming from various parts of the world, to interact, network amongst themselves in addition to share desires as artists and art lovers. Artists can market and in due course sell work pieces to possible buyers. The main goal for the event is to Promote Ghana through Creativity, to unify and highlight these great artists. NVA Marketing and Promotions was fortunate to have held its 1st and 2nd art show at the Afrikiko Lei- sure Center in Kanda, the 3rd at the Nubuke Foundation in East Legon and the most recent the 4th at the Ndoleb Event Center in Tesano all of Accra. The 4 past events proved successful with the help of a NVAMP’s marketing efforts, support from Ghana Tourism Authority, The Chinese Embassy, The Embassy of Ethiopian, Embassy of Malaysian, popular media houses and many others. NVA Marketing and Promotions 20th– 5thJan The V for Vanity Show: Neon Light Edition The V for Vanity show is an interactive art experience. Following last year’s floral edition this year’s 2019 edition focuses on the use of lights to illuminate the African progression from continuous subjugation and persecution to emancipation and greatness. Neon lights will be used as the primary vessel to deliver ten interactive art installations, meticulously designed to engage and educate the audience on African culture and history. Vernell Akyeampong 20th Diaspora Drive Diaspora Drive will provide a platform for both inter- national and local employers to network with potential employees. It will ensure those in the diaspora and potential returnees an opportunity to seek sup- port finding financial institutions, providing investment solutions, mortgage advisors, real estate opportunities, transport solutions, recruitment services, immigration advisors and many more service providers who will showcase their services to assist diasporas. In addition, we will showcase panellists of returnee entrepreneurs, employees, CEO’s and ministers who have successfully contributed to the development of Ghana. They will share their success stories as well as challenges they have faced.
A major highlight of the Year of Return Ghana 2019 is the Panafest Emancipation Durbar.
The event has been launched at colourful events both in Ghana and the USA.
Washington universal launch
With the Washington universal launch, Ghana is thus empowered to proceed with its intention to undertake activities throughout the year, 2019, to commemorate the event.
Speaking at the launch, President Akufo-Addo recalled Ghana’s early Pan African leadership role and pledged that “under my leadership, Ghana will continue to ensure that our hard-won Pan African reputation is not lost. Making Ghana the focus of activities to commemorate the landing of the first enslaved Africans in the English colonies in North America is, therefore, a huge opportunity to entrench Ghana’s leadership.”
Did you know there are 32 Slave Forts and Castles dotted along the coast of Ghana?
“In the year 2019, we open our arms even wider to welcome home our brothers and sisters in what will become a birthright journey home for the global African family,” he said.
The President eulogised the role played by the late Otanka Obetsebi-Lamptey, who, as Tourism Minister in the Kufuor administration, launched the ‘Joseph Project’, symbolising an arm of brotherhood inviting back home, descendants of Africans who were enslaved and, therefore, find themselves in North, Central and South America.
Mentioning the late minister’s wish to see the ‘Right of Abode’ immigration programme become law and his (Jake’s) determination to grant easy visas to Africans in the diaspora, the President declared: “I pledge the determination of my government to grant these wishes.”
Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture
The Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mrs Catherine Abelema Afeku, assured all Africans in the Diaspora that her ministry was working tirelessly with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to ensure their smooth passage back to continental Africa.
“Back home in Ghana, as you go through the slave dungeons, you will know that you are the Josephs and Josephines who were sold into slavery and have come back home,” she declared.
The Chief Executive of the Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA), Mr Akwasi Agyemang, situated the ‘Right of Return’ within the context of the Christian Bible in which the people of biblical Israel were promised a return to their rightful land after 400 years in exile.
Other speakers were Ghana’s Ambassador to the US, Dr Adjei Bawuah; Rabbi Kohein, the Executive Director of the Panafest Foundation; Mr Diallo Sumbry, the Director of the Adinkra Group, the brains behind the Right of Return programme; Sheila Jackson Lee, an African American Congresswoman, and Gina Paige, Co-founder and President of AfricanAncestry.com.
Among those present were Mr Akwasi Awua Ababio, the Chair of the Right of Return Planning Committee; Mr Reginald Laryea of Media Majique and Research Systems, who doubles as vice- chair of the planning committee, and Dr James Miles, the President of the Diaspora African Forum.
The Ghana launch was held at the National Theatre on August 26, 2018.
Celebrating resilience and commemorating the arrival of the first enslaved Africans in the United States.
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About Year of Return, Ghana 2019
The “Year of Return, Ghana 2019” is a major landmark marketing campaign targeting the African – American and Diaspora Market to mark 400 years of the first enslaved African arriving in Jamestown Virginia. The Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) under the Auspices of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture is leading the project in collaboration with the Office of Diaspora Affairs at the Office of the President, the Panafest Foundation and the Adinkra Group of USA.
The Year of Return seeks to make Ghana the focus for millions of African descendants reacting to their marginalisation by tracing their ancestry and identity. By this, Ghana becomes the beacon for African people living on the continent and the diaspora.
The United States Congress recently passed an Act H.R. 1242 – 400 Years of African-American which is a historically significant milestone. Ghana’s unique position as the location for 75 per cent of the slave dungeons built on the west coast of Africa and the current President’s policy of making it a national priority to extend a hand of welcome back home to Africans in the diaspora cannot be overemphasised.
There are still numerous imposing European forts and castles harbouring harrowing reminders of an intense and complex history of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade in our land over centuries. This on its own has made Ghana the focus for millions of African descendants reacting to their marginalization by tracing their ancestry and identity.
However, even more, important is the recognition of Ghana as a beacon of hope for African people living on the continent and in the Diaspora. This status was earned not by coincidence but by conscious efforts to validate the struggles, strengths and linkages between African descendants on a Pan-African scale.
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