2015 PANAFEST And Ghana Carnival Jointly Launched

Minister for Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, Elizabeth Ofosu-Adjare, has performed a joint launch of the 2015 Pan-African Festival (PANAFEST) and the second edition of the Ghana Carnival in Accra.

The 15th edition of PANAFEST which takes on board the United Nations declaration of the International Decade for People of African Descent would be held from December 5- December 9, whereas the Ghana Carnival takes place from December 10 – December 12.

Speaking at the launch of the event, Mrs Ofosu-Adjare said the event offers the right platform because it was established to take on precisely the task of raising and debating critical matters affecting the past, present and future of people of African descent.

She added that PANAFEST is a landmark biennial festival which is celebrated in the spirit of ‘reuniting the African family.’

The minister explained that PANAFEST was usually held between July and August; however, as a result of the global impact of the Ebola epidemic on visitation to the West African sub-region, it was decided among the partners to shift this year’s celebration to December.

Mrs Ofosu-Adjare said among events outlined for the PANAFETS 2015, Legacy and Legacy with its Springboard platform would lead a frank debate about the possibilities offered by the UN decade on people of African descent.

On the Ghana Carnival, she said the reason for instituting it in 2013 was simply to use that kind of event to boost tourism, culture and creative arts in the country.

According to her, it aims at promoting the Ghanaian culture and identity for national development, creating the enabling environment for domestic tourism to thrive.

She said all the 10 regions would be presenting cultural groups to perform and showcase the values and identities at the two events.

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