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Ghana: Cultural Diplomacy Projects

Ghana: Cultural Diplomacy Projects

MINISTRY OF CHIEFTAINCY AND CULTURE

Project Details

Organisation Description

Ghana’s Ministry of Chieftaincy and Culture was established under the country’s Civil Service Law (PNDC Law 327) in 1993. This was in response to strong public opinion, and was facilitated by recommendations from the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM). Since its creation, the Ministry has assumed ultimate authority over the National Commission on Culture, with regards to cultural policy formulation and other executive functions in the country.

Project Description

The function of the ministry is primarily to initiate, formulate and ensure the efficient and effective implementation of policies, plans, projects and programmes of the sector. Furthermore it works to preserve, conserve, develop and promote present Ghanaian heritage institutions as well as arts, architecture, cultural sites and values. The aim is to project the unique Ghanaian identity as well as national pride. The ministry also organizes periodic sectorial reviews conferences for all stakeholders in the ministry, to re-examine its direction and focus in line with prevailing government policies to help update sector policies, plans, programmes and projects.

Aims of the Project

–         To preserve, sustain and integrate the legal, traditional and cultural values and practices to accelerate wealth creation and harmony for total national development;

–         To educate chiefs on government policies for good governance and conflict resolutions among the various cultural groupings;

–         To support the various chieftaincies and cultural institutions administratively and financially, as well as to ensure the various chieftaincies are conforming to international best practices in terms of their cultural legal framework;

–         To provide institutional capacity to the departments and agencies under the Ministry for efficient, effective and sustainable service delivery;

–         To formulate and supervise the implementation of national and sectorial policies and programmes, as well as to promote political tolerance and national stability through the mediums of the arts and diplomacy;

–         To promote public and internal relationship within the sectors of chieftaincy and culture and to monitor and evaluate activities of the Chieftaincy and culture sectors.

Relevance as Cultural Diplomacy

This ministry is the most central institution as far as cultural affairs in the country are concerned. The central government therefore uses it as its main vehicle to advancing the country’s cultural

heritage global promotion.

KUMASI INTERNATIONAL BLACKS ART AND CULTURAL FESTIVAL

Project Details

  • Country:        Ghana
  • Telephone:   +233 243 819 466
  • Email:             info@kibacgh.com
  • Website:                           http://www.kibacgh.com
  • Sponsored by:  The Government of Ghana

Organisation Description

The Kumasi International Blacks Art and Cultural Festival (KIBAC) is a comprehensive cultural festival that includes African music, film, theatre and cuisine as well as workshops on cultural heritage. The festival is supported by the Ghanaian Government through the regional ministry of Ashanti, and takes place in the town of Kumasi. It is organised in cooperation with the town of Kumasi, local cultural leaders (Chiefs) and international actors such as the Ghanaian High Commissioner to the U.K., Kwaku Danso-Boafo.

Project Description

The KIBAC can be considered a homecoming, where Ghanaian diaspora from continental African countries, the Caribbean, North America, Europe and Brazil can convene and reconnect to the people and culture of Ghana. As the slogan of the festival proclaims “come home to Kumasi no matter where you find yourself, to re-connect and feel at home.” The festival seeks to bring together different experiences of diasporic life in order to ignite a dialogue about how the cultural heritage of Ghana can be preserved.

Aims of the Project

–          To promote and share the cultural heritage of peoples of African Descent throughout the global community;

–          To provide a forum where diaspora and local communities can meet and exchange views on the development of their common cultural heritage.

Relevance as Cultural Diplomacy

The KIBAC festival is a good example of how cultural diplomacy, through forms of cultural expression such as theatre, music and film, can be used to foster intra-cultural dialogue and preserve cultural heritage. KIBAC can be said to transcend borders as its reaches out in cultural dialogue with diaspora communities all over the world.

CULTURE AND DEVELOPMENT INTERNATIONAL (CDI)

Project Details

  • Country:        Ghana
  • Telephone:   +233 244 640 958
  • +233 245 891 134
  • Email:       info@icacdafrica.org
  • Website:          http://www.icacdafrica.org/
  • Sponsored by: Culture and Development International, Government of Ghana, and local community groups and NGOs

Organisation Description

Culture and Development International works in partnership with the Government of Ghana, local NGOs and community groups to promote expressive art in and across all social, economic and environmental development processes. The CDI organize the International Conference on Africa’s Development, in order to acknowledge distinguished cultural and developmental achievements across Africa. Furthermore, the CDI works with other government agencies, cultural institutions, the press and civil society organisations in implementing its cultural activities and programmes.

Project Description

Culture and Development International (CDI) was founded in 2006 as a not-for-profit, non- governmental organisation (NGO) by a group of culturally sensitive and socially diverse people in Kumasi, the second largest city in Ghana. The prime motivation for the establishment of the organisation was the integration of the culture of respective societies and communities both in the country and on the continent. Culture was also identified as an important contributor towards Africa’s industrialization, since the creative arts have the potential to boost employment levels when properly funded and developed.

The CDI collaborates with the National Commission for Arts and Culture (NCAC) under the Government of Ghana, and functions as one of the government’s main partners in the promotion of arts and culture throughout the country. Since 2008, the International Conference on Africa’s Development has attracted myriad artists and cultural enthusiasts from across the continent and other parts of the world.

Aims of the Project

–          To reach African people and communities, enriching their lives and enhancing their livelihoods through cultural practice;

–          To advocate, educate and coordinate the application of culture, as a fundamental element to all sustainable human development processes;

–          To hold the International Conference on African Culture and Development on an annual basis;

–          To strengthen the capacity of African people and communities, in regard to the production and promotion of their cultural processes and products, through strategic initiatives on a local, national and international basis.

Relevance as Cultural Diplomacy

The International Conference on African Culture and Development is a significant method of engaging the multitude of artists on the African continent. Through its award schemes, an incentivized environment is created to promote cultural interaction and understanding.

NATIONAL COMMISSION ON CULTURE (NCC)

Project Details

Organisation Description

The National Commission on Culture was established in 1990 under Provincial National Defence Council Law 238, with the mandate of administering the country’s cultural policy. The commission seeks to promote the evolution of an integrated national culture; to supervise the implementation of programmes for the preservation, promotion and representation of Ghana’s tradition and values; and to perform such other functions as may be prescribed by government.

Project Description

The NCC works in partnership with the following organizations: Centres of National Culture (Regional & District  Branches); the Ghana Museums and Monuments Board; the National Theatre of Ghana; the Dance Company of Ghana (Ghana Dance Ensemble); the National Theatre Company (Abibigromma); the National Symphony Orchestra; the Ghana Museums and Monuments Board; the Copyright Office; the National Folklore Board; the W.E.B. Du Bois Memorial Centre for Pan African Culture; and Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park.

Aims of the Project

–          To ensure the preservation of Ghana’s cultural heritage;

–          To use this heritage to develop a united, vibrant and prosperous national community, with a distinctive African identity;

–          To contribute to the overall economic development of the nation;

–          To empower existing cultural institutions within the country, with logistical and technical support;

–          To deepen Ghana’s cultural ethos, as a means to reduce western-influenced cultural erosion.

Relevance as Cultural Diplomacy

The commission remains the main institution responsible for the development and promotion of culture in Ghana. Due to its status as a non-political public institution as well as its contribution to Ghanaian cultural diplomacy, its preservation is arguably a matter of national priority.

GHANAIAN CULTURE FUND (GCF)

Project Details

Organisation Description

The Ghanaian Culture Fund (GCF) provides direct support to contemporary artists and performances in Ghana as well as a medium of cultural exchange between the governments of Denmark and Ghana. The aim of the cultural exchange is to introduce the two cultures to each other, and to contribute towards joint inspiration and understanding between artists and the people of the two countries. Through feature performances, Danish artists performing in Ghana involve Ghanaian artists in their works, and vice versa. Such collaborations include repeats of live performances for specific concerts to audiences of both countries.

Project Description

Cultural development projects implemented by Danish and Ghanaian agencies, which take place in either Denmark or Ghana are eligible for support. The maximum project budget is €10,000 for projects in Ghana, and €13,000 for projects in Denmark. The following activities are supported: Training, working and study visits to art institutions in Denmark by Ghanaian artists and students; cultural exchange visits for Ghanaian artists to Denmark with an element of exhibition; artistic co-production and/or joint performances; research, working and training visits to art institutions in Ghana for Danish artists and cultural managers.

Aims of the Project

–          To enhance and inspire Ghanain arts and culture through the development of partnerships between Danish and Ghanaian artists;

–          To stimulate mutual inspiration and exchange of experiences between artists from both countries;

–          To introduce Ghanaian culture to the Danish public for the purposes of inspiration, social enrichment and understanding;

–          To enhance dialogue and tolerance through performance by Ghanaian artists in Denmark, either alone or with Danish participation;

–          To promote pluralism, cultural diversity and the development of arts, either alone or with

Danish participation.

Relevance as Cultural Diplomacy

The fund is a major boost to the promotion of cultural diplomacy between the Ghanaian and Danish governments, through its enablement of mutual cultural recognition.

PAN AFRICAN FESTIVAL (PANAFEST)

Project Details

Organisation Description

Panafest is a biennial festival promoting Pan-Africanism through arts and culture in Ghana. The festival aims to enhance the ideals of Pan-Africanism, as well as the development of the African continent. It is organised for people of African descent both on the continent and diaspora, as well as all persons committed to the well-being of Africans.

Project Description

The central aim of Panafest is to enhance African development, through the provision of a forum where unity between Africans on the continent and diaspora can be fostered. The event affirms the common heritage of African peoples the world over by defining and promoting Africa’s contribution to world civilization. Panafest attracts a diverse assembly of people, ranging from political leaders, eminent personalities and intellectuals to business figures, investors and tourists. Central to the celebration are various international performance and visual artists from across Africa and the diaspora.

Aims of the Project

–          To instil knowledge of the history of Africa and its people through the vehicle of African arts and culture.

–          To provide a forum to promote unity between Africans on the continent and the diaspora.

–          To affirm the common heritage of African peoples the world over, and highlight Africa’s

–          contribution to world civilization.

–          To encourage regular review of Africa’s development objectives, strategies and policies.

–          To mobilize the formulation and implementation of potential alternative options for

development.

Relevance as Cultural Diplomacy

The festival is one of the biggest cultural events in the country and attracts people, groups and governments from all over the world. It remains a major source of revenue generation for the tourism industry and attracts a great deal of central government participation.

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