PANAFEST EMANCIPATION DAY CELEBRATIONS BEGIN JULY 22
By Naa Korkoi Essah
This year’s Pan-African Festival PANAFEST will be celebrated between Friday, July 22 and Monday, August 1.
Activities will include an Akwaaba dinner, Wreath laying, durbar of chiefs, trips to historical sites, a Conference (July 27- July 28) at the University of Cape Coast, theatre performance and a redemption march at Assin Manso.
Side attractions include organized tours to some historical places and centres in Ghana and other West African countries.
PANAFEST is the ‘Pan-African Historical Theatre Festival”, organized every two years in Ghana to promote Pan –Africanism through the arts and the culture.
It is a cultural event dedicated to enhancement of the ideals of Pan- Africanism and the development of the African continent and organized biennially for Africans and the people of African descent, as well as all persons committed to the well-being of Africans on the continent, and in the diaspora.
Its goals are to establish the truth, about the history of Africa and experiences of the African people, through African arts and culture. PANAFEST, by its diverse character, is the most prestigious and indeed the most relevant and cultural event on the African continent.
Since its inception in 1992, PANAFEST’s theme each year has reflected the political, social and economic advancement of African nations and the African Diaspora at large PANAFEST 2011 is the 11th edition.
The essential thrust of PANAFEST is to enhance development. It also serves as a forum through which unity between Africans on the continent and in the diaspora will be promoted, and affirms the contributions of African peoples the world over, to world civilization.
PANAFAEST attracts a diverse assemblage of political leaders, eminent personalities and intellectuals, businessmen, investors and tourists. Central to the celebrations are performances by international performing and visual artists from across Africa and the diaspora.
The Ghanaian Times Page: 31 Monday, July 18, 2011