The annual Ghana Theatre Festival, organized by the National Theatre of Ghana, is set to commence on Tuesday, September 26th, and will conclude on Sunday, October 1st. This year’s festival is themed “Celebrating Ghanaian culture and heritage through partnerships and linkages.”
The upcoming Ghana Theatre Festival aims to provide a platform for various artists and performing art groups in Ghana to showcase their works and talents, as well as enhance their capabilities in Theatre Production. Furthermore, the festival strives to offer potential theatre audiences a wide range of high-quality productions at an affordable cost, with the hope of fostering a dedicated following for theatrical events at the National Theatre.
The festival’s lineup includes a Theatre program for schools featuring “Son of Umbelle,” a fashion show, a film exhibition, stand-up comedy, dramatic performances, and an art exhibition highlighting authentic artifacts and locally made products from Ghana.
Additionally, there’s an event called “GHROBICS,” which combines aerobic exercises with traditional dances, drumming, and music to provide a holistic physical workout while also imparting traditional dance and movement skills.
The festival will kick off with the performance of “Efu PƆnkƆ,” featuring all three resident groups of the National Theatre, including the National Dance Company, National Symphony Orchestra, and National Drama Company, on Friday, September 29th at 7 pm.
Numerous other groups will participate in the festival, including Agape Arts Production, 2 Idiots Production, the Department of Fashion Design and Textiles from Accra Technical University, Ghana Academy of Films and Television Arts, EN Academy, Addis Dance, 2 Cute Entertainment, Robdy’s Production, and the Visual Arts Students Empowerment Project.
Joyce Bekoe, the Public Relations Officer of the National Theatre, emphasized that the festival’s productions aim to promote positive national values.
“The annual Ghana Theatre Festival forms part of the National Theatre’s efforts to fulfil its mandate to develop and promote the performing arts in Ghana,” she stated.