This year’s Ghana Theatre Festival, which was the 5th edition, has ended successfully in Accra on the theme ‘Nurturing and Growing Artistic Voices’.
The event was held on September, 29, 2019 as one of the numerous programmes of the National Theatre, which is celebrated annually in the last week of the 9th month.
Participants consisted of the resident groups of the national theatre (national dance company, national drama company and national symphony orchestra), dance department (University of Ghana), FC productions, village minds, and Ehahakasa among others.
Mrs Amy Appiah Frimpong, the Executive Director of the National Theatre, in her welcome speech, stated that the objective of the theatre festival was to facilitate cultural integration in Ghana and provide a forum for exchange of ideas.
She added that it was also to offer a platform for the performing arts groups and potential artistes to exhibit their works and talents, and indicated that, the National Theatre was striving hard to transform the programme into an international festival that would attract patrons from all walks of life.
The festival was packed with thrilling and spectacular performances and other activities including poetry, dance, drama, comedy, live painting, film shows and evening classical.
Some of these programmes were specially tailored for schools not only to entertain, but also to encourage the children to play and be equipped with the country’s culture in order for them to sustain it.
There were also side attractions including exhibitions by the Ghana Association of Visual Artists to promote traditional and contemporary art and expose the cultural realities of the country.
Management of the National Theatre urged corporate Ghana and individuals to offer support in the form of sponsorship to promote its brilliant and well-coordinated productions to help fulfill its mandate.