The 27TH Pan African Historical Theatre Festival, PANAFEST and Emancipation has been launched in Cape Coast.
Chairperson of the PANAFEST Foundation, Prof. Esi Sutherland Addy, at the the launch on Monday, indicated that the idea of PANAFEST is not a mere celebration but a time to reason and bridge the gap of African enslavement.
Professor Esi Sutherland Addy mentioned the need to use the celebration to bring the African family, dispersed around the globe, together for the development of Africa. She noted that the celebration is not meant for Africans in the diaspora alone and called for the involvement of Ghanaians at home as well.
The Paramount Chief of Oguaa and the chairperson of the local organising committee, Osaberima Kwesi Atta II stressed on the participation of locals to strengthen this year’s celebration.
The theme for this year’s PANAFEST is “Beyond 400 Years: Reaching across Continents into the Future”.
Also, this year’s event coincides with the “Year of Return" which marks the 400th year of commemorating the arrival of the first documented enslaved Africans to the shores of North America at James Town in Virginia.
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