The Ghana Culture Forum (GCF) on Tuesday held the 2017 Ghana Culture Day, aimed at establishing a platform that brings together civil society organisations and individuals involved in the field of culture.
It is aimed at bringing issues of common concern in the culture sector to the fore.
The forum, which is the fifth since its inception, was on the theme: “60th Anniversary of Ghana’s Independence: Cultural Re-orientation for the birth of a new Ghanaian.”
Mrs Catherine Abelema Afeku, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture said as the country celebrates its 60th anniversary it was important for all to pause and take stock of the cultural heritage by examining how far we have come as a people and where we are going.
She said culture was an important element in tourism development, but its principal importance was in the enrichment of the lives of the people.
“My Ministry will assist less endowed traditional authorities to document their culture and history so as to bring to the fore the full range of Ghana’s cultural tapestry.
“The development and support for our national culture will take into consideration our unity in diversity and recognise the value of culture as an instrument for validating ourselves as an African people, apart from celebrating our intrinsic cultural systems to showcase their richness to the rest of the world.”
She noted that since 2013, UNESCO had been championing the resourcefulness of Culture and its impact on national economies all over the world, and had affirmed that any nation that did not place culture at the forefront of its development agenda may not achieve any meaningful economic emancipation or achievement.
Mrs Afeku said government would therefore review the 2004 Ghana Cultural Policy document to make it even more relevant and purposeful in the face of current modern trends.
She said the policy review would take into account such objectives as culture for the youth, culture in education and culture as part of leisure.
She also assured that that government was determined to see to the completion of all abandoned regional Centre’s of National Culture and commence a programme for establishing fully functional Centre’s for National Culture in all the regional capitals.
“National cultural institutions such as the National Theater, the Du Bois Memorial Centre, the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park and others will receive concentrated attention for refocusing the various programmes run by the,” she added.
She congratulated the GCF for staying true to its core value and applauded their effort at spending the next few months creating a truly national network, which would represent even more efficiently the practitioners of the creative arts and other cultural domains who were forging ahead with their talents, industrial prowess and business sense to bring Ghanaians to appreciate their culture.
Professor Esi Sutherland-Addy, Convener; Ghana Culture Forum, said the Forum was a network of cultural practitioners, activist, and organisations united around a common goal of affirming the cultural foundations of development and enhancing the cultural sector.
She said the GCF sought to ensure the recognition and mainstreaming of issues of culture in national development, monitor and intervene in developments in the cultural sector, and co-ordinate and present the views and voices of members ensuring that they were heard and ventilated.
The forum she said was also to support cultural activists and their organisations to promote the best Ghanaian creativity and heritage and to promote Ghanaian identity through its cultural diversity.
Professor Sutherland-Addy commended the Ministry for its efforts in improving and developing culture in the country.
He said the GCF would continue to engage government for continues resource allocation for the development of culture in the country.
Source: GNA16 comments