Samira Larbie, GNA
Accra, Sept. 22, GNA – The National Theatre of
Ghana, under the auspices of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative
Arts, has launched the third edition of the Ghana Theatre Festival in Accra.
The week-long festival has been outlined to
provide a place for artists and the art organisations to gather, interact and
celebrate their works and accomplishments with audiences and generate a sense
of pride for the local arts and culture.
This would help support existing and new
practitioners to partner the National Theatre to stage their works… this in a
way would help give back to society in furtherance of the facility’s mandate.
The theme: “Creativity, Expanding Our Horizon”
is to ensure that artistic works are protected, preserved and insulate the
culture and tradition from foreign dilution.
Madam Akosua Abdallah, the Deputy Executive
Director, Artistic of the National Theatre, speaking on the theme, said the
creative industry needs to improve on the packaging and marketing of artistic
She said it is imperative to broaden their
horizon by looking at the sustainability of the industry and ensure that the
works could meet the needs and aspirations of current generations.
Madam Akosua asked that artists embrace
research rather than assume they know all and collaborate with relevant
institutions to bring out the best in their works.
Mrs Amy Appiah-Frimpong, the Executive
Director, National Theatre, said the festival would help contribute to the
local economy by supporting other small businesses to make it one of the best
in the sub-region.
She said audiences would have the opportunity
to attend six drama and two dance performances and two film screenings of
“Ananse in the Land of Idiots” for senior high school students including an
analysis and interpretation segment, 10 performances as part of the outreach
Mrs Frimpong said there would be a special
performance by Roverman for students, a seminar on directing and it would be
climaxed with a performance on music to mark the World Music Day.
She said there would be no censorship of
artistics content to ensure that all content presented project positive
national values and are of high artistic merit.
Mrs Frempong urged the public to patronise the
festival and be entertained by the various performances outlined.
Mrs Elizabeth Ofosu-Adjare, the Minister of
Tourism, Culture and Creative expressed gratitude to the Programming Department
of the National Theatre for organising this year’s festival to give amateur
artists the platform to showcase their works to the large society.
She said in other to educate, entertain,
inform and even more importantly influence the desired attitudinal and
behavioural changes in the society, there is the need for artistic work and
presentations to appreciate the differences inherent in the generations of
audience they are serving.
“We must therefore examine the artistic
requirements and expectations of each generation in order to offer the
requisite tailor-made productions and presentations that will excite, delight
and exceed expectations of our audiences in order to sustain their interest and
thus, keep the creative arts alive at all times,” she said.
Mrs Ofosu-Adjare said the twinning of the
Ghana Theatre Festival and the Made in Ghana Fair was not by accident but
purposefully thought-out decision.
This was because the festival seeks to project
positive national values and sustain the cultural heritage, the Made in Ghana
Fair intends to promote the patronage of goods produced in Ghana.
She appealed to corporate bodies to support
the National Theatre of Ghana and the Made in Ghana goods Fair through
sponsorships and partnerships to make this vital project a big success.