Press Release

Ghana to host World Day for African and Afro-descendant Culture 2022

20 January 2022

World Day for African and Afro-descendant Culture (WDAAC) will be observed in Ghana from January 24 - 26, 2022 under the leadership of African Network of Cultural Promoters and Entrepreneurs (RAPEC), the government of Ghana with the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and culture and its agencies, and the Associations of African Universities (AAU), with support from UNESCO.

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Events earmarked include a colloquium to stimulate the intellectual discourse around critical themes common to Africa and People of African descent such as the Incorporation of African History and Culture in Education/Curricula and in the Creative and Cultural Industries, and Reconciliation and; a musical “High Life” night with special performances from some of the finest Ghanaian artists. 

UNESCO adopted 24 January as the World Day for African and Afrodescendant Culture at the 40th session of the UNESCO General Conference held in 2019. This date coincides with the adoption of the Charter for African Cultural Renaissance in 2006 by the Heads of State and Heads of Government of the African Union. The Day is observed to celebrate the many vibrant cultures of the African continent and African Diasporas around the world and to promote them as an effective lever for sustainable development, dialogue, and peace.  It also aims to promote the widest possible ratification and implementation of this Charter by African States, thereby strengthening the role of culture in promoting peace on the continent.

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