CALL FOR PARTICIPATION
PANAFEST/ EMANCIPATION DAY 2023
Organised by the PANAFEST Foundation in Collaboration with the Ghana Tourism Authority and the Leaders and People of the Central Region of Ghana
Under the Auspices of the Government of the Republic of Ghana
Date: July 19th to August 1st 2023
Theme: Re-Claiming the African Family: Confronting the Past to face the Challenges of the 21st century
Venues: PANAFEST 2023 is a Hybrid Global African Festival Main Festival Venue: Cape Coast, Ghana. See programme for other venues (including Accra, Salaga Assin Manso)
PANAFEST – The Pan African Festival of Arts and Culture radiates from its originating ethos being that historical theatre provides a powerful medium for thrashing out the unspeakable truths and questions about the impact of the enslavement of African people. The power of the arts and ritual to commence the healing process, build bridges and re-envision the future for Africa and her people globally has led to a festival which, after 30 years, encompasses several platforms for self-expression, sharing, dialogue and action.
The main setting for PANAFEST is the twin towns of Cape Coast and Elmina in Ghana where 2 massive fortresses provide a grim reminder of over 600years of European plunder of West African resources, the enslavement of the people and colonialism. They are a reference point for the terrifying reality of massive alienation within the African family on the one hand, and the soul-soaring recall of the monumental resilience of the ancestors which must inspirit the reunification of the Global African Family.
PANAFEST 2023 follows the 2021 edition held with due caution in the wake of the COVID 19 pandemic which addressed its particular impact on Africa and her descendants around the world. That edition of the festival raised issues around Securing the African Family: Our Soul, Our Health, Our Wealth. It was important to celebrate the courage, resilience and innovation demonstrated by our front liners, scientists, health workers, inventors, artist(e)s, community activists and careers. Additionally, activities were directed towards safeguarding our spiritual strength, health and wealth, all of which have been breached by the wave of the pandemic.
In 2023, PANAFEST bounces back with the theme “Re-Claiming the African Family: Confronting the Past to face the Challenges of the 21st century.
The biennium (2021-2023) requires deep reflection as it has seen a number of developments which should be of concern to thinkers and creators in the African space.
The resurgence of powerful voices and action focused on asserting the truth about the Trans-Atlantic slave trade and the experiences of Africans descendants in Europe and the Americas has led to the exposure of the deep involvement of many institutions and iconic personalities in conducting the slave trade and in profiting across generations from it. There seems to be a pushback on this exposure represented by the extreme proposals that this information should not be taught in some jurisdictions in the United States of America. Admissions and apologies by some of the institutions and families involved have been made but a number of important questions arise about whether these gestures are sufficient. Demands for restitution of looted art and reparations for centuries of brutal exploitation are examples of the concentration of African energies on Africans and their collective wellbeing around the world. As some young people militate for decoloniality and against misrule on the continent, the call for restorative justice refuses to be suppressed in the African Diaspora exemplified the Caribbean leads in the claims for reparations.
However, more than ever before Africans on the continent are having to wrestle with dispossession of their material resources and a loss of control of the direction of their economies. It would seem that young continental Africans once again have lost the sense of hope and dignity which is their right if they are ever to take ownership of their continent. There seems to have been an unveiling of the vulnerable, underbelly of the lived experience of many Africans. One aspect of this phenomenon is the extent to which an alarming number of young Africans- the largest proportion of the continent’s population are becoming progressively alienated from the continent. Is being African perceived as a barrier to their future well- being? Is there a parting of ways between the generations who experienced the hope of the civil rights movement and the anti-colonial movement on the one hand and those born into the age of the Global Citizen?
Africans around the world must take a hold of remembering and presenting their lived experience.2023 heralds the 700th anniversary of an age of African ascendency when Mansa Musa of Mali made his famous journey to the Middle East. What are its implications? This year also heralds the end of the International Decade of People of African Descent. Notwithstanding the formation of the Permanent Commission, a powerful gathering of African descendants, the Decade must have evaluated. What did it achieve?
The challenges of the 21st Century must be confronted to make way for Africans to work together to take advantage of transformational opportunities. Historical excavations of our foundations to guide the quest to make an African future is an essential exercise to under-gird this process.
Participants in PANAFEST 2023 are invited to fearlessly point out the challenges to re-uniting the African Family and very importantly illuminate new paths towards transformations in our time through the stimulating power of drama, visual arts, dance, music and critical thought.
This is PANAFEST! The 2023 edition of the festival is structured in a hybrid format to bring the African Family together across the world at this complex moment of economic hardship Flagship Activities Are: Wreath Laying Ceremony (Live Streamed); Traditional Akwaaba Ceremonies (Live Streamed); Grand Durbar of Leaders and People (Live Streamed) Bazaar/ Expo; Colloquium. A separate call for papers and panels will be available; Global African International Concerts Reverential night/ Pre-Emancipation Vigil; Emancipation Day Celebration; Naming and Burial Ceremonies ; Exhibitions - Art, Innovations, Cultural Heritage; Performances both intimate and mass (Theatre, Dance, Storytelling, Poetry, Martial Arts, Music, film);Practitioners’ Workshops; African Children’s World (Children’s day camp and virtual fun learning experience) Youth and Women’s Days Writing competitions; Sport Gala; Tours to significant sites
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE FORMALLY IN PANAFEST?
- Individuals: Artists, performers, intellectuals (public, academic, religious), activists, entrepreneurs, tech experts, social media influencers
- Cultural institutions, Governmental Agencies, Religious institutions, think tanks
HOW DO WE APPLY?
Are you interested in being part of this forward march towards mutual understanding and investment in African resilience? Please submit proposals for participation in the activities listed.
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Your proposal should also include a brief bio or organizational profile of not more than 500 words. Maximum number of words for synopsis and bio/profile: 800words. You are encouraged to read the attached detailed program brief. Kindly indicate the format in which you wish to organise your event or make your contribution.
To help give you a great festival experience, please indicate which of the following categories of events or capacities you are proposing to organise/ participate in:
- Artist(e)/ speaker/exhibitor (Please underline)
- Practitioners Workshops
- Intimate Performance
- Large Scale Concert
- Bazaar/ Expo
- Colloquium (See call for papers)
- Children’s day camp
- Community engagement (participation in livelihood, community service and ceremonial activities)
- Repatriation and burial of ashes of loved ones (request for details)
- More than one type of event/capacity – (Please specify)
Proposals should reach us by June 25th 2023. Please submit to our email@example.com supplied below and on our website: www.panafestghana.org. Feedback on proposals will reach you by April 20th 2023.
IMPORTANT NOTE: We are unable to provide funding or sponsorship. We shall be happy however to provide letters of endorsement and recommendation to confirmed participants upon request.
PARTICIPATION OF THE GENERAL PUBLIC
The African Family and Friends are very much encouraged to register for the exciting array of activities specially curated for you via the PANAFEST website from 10th February 2023. Regular updates will be provided on our various platforms.
For further information, please consult the official festival
Twitter handle: @PANAFESTgh
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretariat: PANAFEST Executive Secretary
Address: P.O. Box 1096, Cape Coast, Ghana
Tel: +233-(0)504521181;+233-(0)244962202; +233-(0)54 631 6418.
Also visit our visit our offices at Heritage House, Chapel Square Cape Coast
And the Accra Tourism Information Centre, Opposite Jubilee House, Accra
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Select from one of the packages below:
(includes admission to PANAFEST general events and concerts in Accra and Cape Coast; excludes premier events/activities)$200.00
(General Admission is required)
(Colloquium registration is required)$100.00
Return Journey Boat Ride
(Limited Space Available)$50.00
Frequently Asked Questionss
That Route includes the following activities:
- Panel at Tamale on Truths about narratives of Enslavement
- Atonement Ceremony at Salaga; Bono Manso Camp of enslaved ancestors,
- Visit to Pikworo Slave Encampment
- Pra River Crossing at Assin Praso
- W.E.B. DuBois Centre, George Padmore and Kwame Nkrumah Memorial
- Elmina and Cape Coast Castle/Dungeons