Between July 26 and August 1, the Pan-African Historical Theatre Festival (PANAFEST) and Emancipation Day event, which aims to promote Ghana as Africa’s gateway, will take place.
The event is themed “Securing the African family: Our health, wealth, and soul,” with the Emancipation topic “Reclaiming our right to weave our own story,” and is being organized by Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) in collaboration with PANAFEST Foundation.
Due to an increase in COVID-19 infections, some of this year’s events will be held virtually to prevent the virus from spreading.
The intake for programs that necessitate in-person participation would not exceed a third of the venue’s overall capacity.
Wreath-laying rituals in Accra to pay honor to the ancestors, a Pan African Arts Market at the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park, and Creative Explosion, African World Artists at the National Theatre are among the events planned for the occasion.
Professor Esi Sutherland-Addy, Chairperson of the PANAFEST Foundation, said during a press conference in Accra that Ghana was the home of Africans all over the world, and that PANAFEST was created to promote and portray that idea.
According to her, PANAFEST was founded because Africans were still being oppressed, suppressed, and pitted against one another, necessitating the need to be self-assured in order to fight their causes.
Professor Sutherland-Addy explained that the theme was chosen because the COVID-19 epidemic had made the previous year difficult and that people of African heritage had made significant contributions to the struggle, necessitating the need to tell the tale.
“We are living in a period of immense uncertainty; we must live differently, and Africans must orient their work and claim ownership of their contributions because we are the future,” she said.
Mr. Akwasi Agyemang, the GTA’s Chief Executive Officer, said the celebrations would have incalculable advantages for the country, as they would assist promote tourism and portray Ghana’s and Africa’s unique identities.
Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, Dr. Edward Burghart Du Bois, Dr. George Padmore, and other great forefathers who built on Pan-African beliefs were honored at this year’s event, according to the CEO.
As a result, he referred to the PANAFEST/Emancipation Day celebrations as a legacy project for Ghana’s claim to be the Pan-African centre.
He did, however, encourage citizens to take part in the celebrations and support the various activities by using internet platforms to participate.