The African Regent Hotel is the official hotel sponsor for the 2017 Pan African historical theatre festival (PANAFEST). The 10 day festival is scheduled to take place from July 25th to August 4th.
PANAFEST, started in 1992, is a cultural event held in Ghana every two years, for Africans and people of African descent living in the Diaspora. This festival was created to promote and enhance unity, Pan-Africanism, and the development of the continent of Africa.
With its perfect marriage with Emancipation Day, these two festivals have potentially become a viable source for economic, political and spiritual reunification of the African Family, the world over. The promotion of Pan-Africanism – unity as an indispensable foundation for the struggle for a total economic and political liberation and advancement, has become the core of the goals of PANAFEST for the Global African Family, over the years.
The coastline of Ghana, with concentration on Cape-Coast and Elmina towns, resonates deeply with the Pan-African movement. Over there, memorials have been erected as a tribute to the people and places that were affected so dramatically by the slave trade. The festival, however, is also a celebration of indigenous Africa and its future. It serves as a forum for discussion and recognition of ongoing development on the continent.
Past guests of the festival include Nelson Mandela, Kofi Annan and Nobel laureate Professor, Wole Soyinka. Traditional art forms of dancing and indiginous music, take on special significance during the festival. Activities for the festival are spread over a week and a half period.
Over the years, PANAFEST has featured many performing and visual artist of international acclaim from Africa and the Diaspora. Renowned musicians such as Steve Wonder, Dionne Warwick, Isaac Hayes from the US, Rita Marley from the Caribbean and Yvonne Chaka Chaka from South Africa, have all graced PANAFEST with their performances.
This year, Award winning Jamaican reggae artist, Roy ‘Gramps’ Morgan, lead member of US-based family reggae group Morgan Heritage, was unveiled in Accra, at a ceremony held at the African Regent Hotel, as the Ambassador for the 2017 Pan African Historical Theatre Festival, PANAFEST. Gramps Morgan was on a private trip to Ghana, and ended a week’s personal visit by accepting to be the brand Ambassador for the Diaspora for the 2017 edition of PANAFEST, marking the 25th anniversary of the Pan African festival.
As part of the 25th anniversary celebrations of PANAFEST, the organizers have secured a sponsorship partnership with African Regent Hotel. As the number one Afropolitan hospitality center in Ghana, the African Regent Hotel is supporting this year’s PANAFEST by providing excellent discounted rates for rooms for guests attending PANAFEST this year.
African Regent Hotel also served as meeting points for the planning committee of PANAFEST. The hotel also hosted the cocktail event for the launch of the 2017 PANAFEST in April.
The Minister of tourism, Culture and Creature Arts, Mrs Catherine Afeku on Thursday 25 May, officially launched the 2017 PANAFEST in Cape-Coast, in the central region of Ghana.
Although PANAFEST activities are usually held in Cape Coast in the Central Region, the 2017 edition marking the 25th anniversary of the festival will commence on July 25th with wreath-laying ceremonies at the tombs of Pan-African stalwarts, W.E.B. Dubois, George Padmore and Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana’s first President, in Accra and end on August 2, back in Accra, with an International Musical concert.
Activities to be hosted in Cape Coast during the 10-day festival include the opening of an emporium and visual arts exhibition, visits to Historical Sites, series of International Variety Performances, the Panafest Colloquium and the Grand Durbar of Chiefs, Queenmothers and people.
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