Stakeholder Forum on Transforming the Culture and Creative Arts Sector in Ghana

The Ghana Culture Forum, as part of marking Ghana Culture Day (14 March) and its first anniversary celebration, will hold a stakeholder forum under the theme “Transforming the Culture and Creative Arts Sector: Policies, Strategies and Initiatives”.

The event, which is being organised in conjunction with the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, will take place on 7 May 2013, from 9.30AM to 12.30PM, at the National Theatre in Accra.

The special guest of honour, Honourable P. V. Obeng (Presidential Advisor and Chair of the National Development Planning Committee), will be joined by members of civil society organisations in culture and creative arts, Ministry of Chieftaincy and Traditional Affairs, Parliament, Ghana National Commission on UNESCO and many others.

According to the Ghana Culture Foundation (GCF), the forum is in “furtherance of the GCF’s determination to place culture squarely on the National Development Agenda”. In addition, the deliberations at the forum is geared towards the creation of “coherence on policies and actions and drawing…synergies between culture and other sectors of national development”.

The Ministry of Tourism has itself undergone a re-designation, adding quite noticeably “Creative Arts” to its name. Often in the past, efforts by government directed at the publicly undefined “creative arts” has benefited film or music, leaving out “writing” in the process.

The forum is expected to be followed by an emporium of exhibitions and performances to contextualise the discussions.

The Ghana Culture Forum is a membership based civil society consultative and advocacy network of cultural practitioners, activists and organisations united around a common vision of affirming the cultural foundations of development and enhancing the cultural sector.

This event is open to public participation. For any further details, please contact Mr Akunu Dake, the Vice Chair/Convenor of the GCF, on the following details.
Phone: 0302-760441/ 770808
Email: akunudake@yahoo.com

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