Ghana Arts and Culture Awards seeks to honour and appreciate the forerunners, brands and the current key players who have contributed greatly to the Arts and Culture Industry here in Ghana and beyond. This awards scheme will be based on selection of individuals who will be filing for nomination. The Ghana Arts and Culture Awards consists of 18 categories, including Honorary awards.
TRADITIONAL DANCE GROUP OF THE YEAR
TRADITIONAL MUSIC GROUP OF THE YEAR
GHANAIAN FASHION DESIGNER OF THE YEAR
GHANAIAN ARTISTE OF THE YEAR
CULTURAL HERITAGE ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR
CORPORATE SUPPORT FOR ARTS AND CULTURE OF THE YEAR
OUTSTANDING CULTURAL PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR
GHANAIAN ARTIST VISUAL
CULTURAL TV PROGRAMME OF THE YEAR
CULTURAL RADIO PROGRAMME OF THE YEAR
ART FESTIVAL EVENT OF THE YEAR
INDIGENOUS CATERER OF THE YEAR
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
SPOKEN WORD ARTIST OF THE YEAR
GHANAIAN MOVIE OF THE YEAR
DISCOVERY OF THE YEAR
ARTS AND CULTURE MEDIA OF THE YEAR (Photography, Television, Blog)
Nominations will be done based on public recommendation. This means the individual has to receive mentions on our social media platforms which will have his or her portfolio featuring.
It is vetted by a 3-9 member panel of distinguished industry leaders within the Ghanaian Arts and Culture industry. Nomination is done based on how positively influential the projects of these individuals and brands have been on the Arts and Culture industry in Ghana.
The Aboakyer festival is celebrated on the 1st Saturday in May by the Effutu’s of Winneba Traditional Area in the Central Region of Ghana. Origin
Winneba aboakyer is an ancient rite of animal sacrifice to the god Otu to celebrate their safe migration from the ancient western Sudan Empire to their present home, Winneba and also to remove evil and predict a good harvest. Their priest instructed them on behalf or their god, Otu to offer a young member of the Royal Family every year as a sacrifice.
Due to the harsh nature of the sacrifice, the people pleaded to the god, Otu for an animal sacrifice rather than a human sacrifice, then the substitution of a wild cat was accepted as a sacrificial offering instead of a human, provided it was caught alive and beheaded before the god. However, most people lost their lives in the attempt to capture the wild cat. They appealed a second time to Penkyi Otu, named after the place the people settled, and the god accepted the offering of a bushbuck. Activities
Aboakyer literally means, “Catching a live animal” in the Fante language. The two Asafo companies using only sticks and clubs move to their respective hunting grounds in the morning of the first Saturday in May climaxing the festival. The first Asafo Company to bring the live deer for the Omanhene to step on three times is declared the winner of the year.
On the eve of the climax of the festival, the “Asafo” companies perform rituals and outdoor their gods. This ceremony is a crowd puller.
In the morning of Aboakyer day, the paramount Chiefs, sub chiefs, dignitaries and the public assemble at the durbar grounds to wait for the catch amidst drumming and dancing. There is jubilation through the streets until the deer is deposited at the shrine to await slaughter the next day.
In the afternoon, the public admire the works of the gods in the traditional area. This festival is reminiscent of the Jewish Passover festival, because family houses or stools receive smear of sheep blood and sprinkling of the dough mix meal on the first three days before merry making begins. A significant event is the display of colorful flags by the various “Asafo” companies in the traditional area.
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GACF is a free and inclusive annual event for the family. It is open to all Ghanaian and visitors, and enables them to experience the vibrant Ghanaian music, arts and culture of African heritage. The festival promotes cross-cultural awareness, fosters intercultural relationships, community contributions, mutual respect, understanding and unity. It’s an avenue through which Ghanaians will be educated and exposed to the various forms of Ghanaian arts and culture identified in all the regions in Ghana. The festival is an appreciation and a celebration of our Arts, Culture and our collective uniqueness as a people. This is an attempt to aid us rediscover the individual and national benefits of Arts and Culture to our national existence and development.
The Ghana Arts and Culture Awards (GACA) will recognise and honour individuals, groups and brands that have made significant contributions to the Arts and Culture Industry in Ghana. It consists of nineteen (19) award categories, including honorary awards. These awards will be based on selection of individuals, groups and corporate brands who will be nominated and voted. GACF and GACA’s unique selling point and formula for success is its strong, committed and highly experienced leadership team, as well as active engagement and involvement of over a 100 arts and cultural exhibitors from all Regions of Ghana in its planning and execution.
About Year of Return, Ghana 2019The “Year of Return, Ghana 2019” is a major landmark marketing campaign targeting the African – American and Diaspora Market to mark 400 years of the first enslaved African arriving in Jamestown Virginia. The Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) under the Auspices of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture is leading the project in collaboration with the Office of Diaspora Affairs at the Office of the President, the Panafest Foundation and the Adinkra Group of USA.
This year’s edition of the annual ‘Ghana Meets Naija’ musical concert will be held in June.
The event, which is in its ninth edition, will feature an incredible line-up of Ghanaian and Nigerian award-winning hip-hop, hiplife and dancehall artistes.
Put together by the Empire Entertainment, the event is being organised to promote unity among Ghanaian and Nigerian artistes and also create an opportunity for music fans to interact and take photographs with the artistes.
The list of performing artistes billed to rock the event, date and venue will be announced at the official launch to be held in May.
Over 7,000 music fans from Ghana, Togo, Benin, Ivory Coast and Nigeria are expected to attend this year’s event.
Empire Entertainment has promised nothing but a historic concert with a lot of packages and souvenirs from sponsors.
Last year’s edition of event dubbed the ‘Rescue Mission’ exceeded all expectations and became the biggest and most exciting concert in Ghana.
It witnessed historic performances from stars such as Stonebwoy, Kidi, Kuami Eugene, King Promise, Patapaa, Fancy Gadam and a host of others.
Nigeria was represented by Wizkid, Mayorkun, Mr Eazi among others.
Over the years, the concert has hosted the likes of Wizkid, The Mavins headed by Don Jazzy, Tiwa Savage, Flavour, Olamide, Sarkodie, Shatta Wale, Stonebwoy, E.L, among a tall list of A-list artistes.
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