Panafest Foundation launches Panafest 2021

by Business Zone

The Panafest Foundation has officially launched the 2021 Pan African Historical Theatre Festival (Panafest) through a virtual Zoom platform in Accra.

Commemorations will begin late July to August, 2021.

The 2021 launch, which was done at the Head Office of the Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA), will be observed under the theme, “Securing the African Family: Our Health, Our Wealth”.

The preeminent festival brings African diaspora from overseas to Ghana to celebrate the resilience of the black race in the time of the Transatlantic Slave Trade and Colonialism.

Chairperson of the Panafest Foundation, Prof. Esi Sutherland said after due reflection on PANAFEST 2019, PANAFEST 2021 would bring the African family together, to review the dynamics of ‘The Return or the Sankofa Principle’ and explore it as an impetus for the future. 

The idea, she added was to generate a review of the true value of “collectively reviewing the past with an agenda for creating a visions of the future we would all like to see.” 

Prof. Sutherland stated that in view of the unfolding situation and its very specific repercussions for the African family, Panafest 2021 is designed as a stimulating, creative space for recollecting and sharing the multiple facets of the African experience of the pandemic and of racist Western hegemony.

Launching the upcoming festival, Minister of Tourism Arts and Culture, Barbara Oteng-Gyasi said she finds the theme for  Panafest 2021 appropriate and timely, as “Africa and the world confronts the COVID-19 pandemic which is ravaging the entire globe.”

She said that despite conscious efforts of governments, political and social groups to ameliorate the scars of this inhuman trade, the dark remnants still remain through systematic racism which black people are confronted with every day.

CEO of GTA, Mr Akwasi Agyeman, expressed optimism towards the upcoming festival and said it would further deepen commitments of Africans in the diaspora to engage in the wider conversation to return home to participate in the continent’s development and growth.

The Pan African Historical Theatre Project now known as PANAFEST is a cultural event held in Ghana every two years for Africans and people of African descent. It was first held in 1992. The idea of this festival is to promote and enhance unity, Pan-Africanism, and the development of the continent of Africa itself.

Source: BusinessZone Online

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