Out Of Africa: Ghana To Host Maiden West Africa Music And Arts Festival In June

Ghana is set to host the first-ever West Africa Music and Arts Festival this Summer.

Scheduled to take place in Accra (the country’s capital), the festival spans four days starting 19th June at the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park.

This adds to a growing list of international arts festivals in the country, such as the Chale Wote Street Art Festival, AfroFuture and Black Star Line Festival.

The West Africa Music and Arts Festival, endorsed by the Ghana Tourism Authority and supported by Warner Music Africa, coincides with Ghana’s official Juneteenth celebration. It will feature a music industry conference with panel discussions, workshops, art installations and showcases encompassing Afrobeats, highlife and hip-hop. The organisers say the programme will help the discovery of emerging talent across the continent. 

Jasmine Young, co-founder of the Festival, noted that the industry showcase was created to strengthen diaspora connections and celebrate the sub-region’s cultural richness globally through community engagement and the arts. 

“It’s about creating meaningful connections and inspiring positive change. We invite everyone to join us in Accra for an unforgettable celebration of music, arts and culture that will resonate far beyond the festival grounds”, said Young.

Ghana Tourism Authority CEO, Akwasi Agyeman, added: “We are proud to support the West Africa Music and Arts Festival. This festival not only celebrates our vibrant music and arts scene but also promotes tourism and economic development in our region. We eagerly anticipate welcoming visitors from near and far to immerse themselves in the beauty and creativity of Ghana.”

The West Africa Music and Arts Festival is integrated into the “Beyond the Return”, campaign, a follow-up to the successful “Year Of Return” campaign (launched by Ghana in 2019) that celebrated African resilience and encouraged people of African origin to return to Africa.

The West Africa Music and Arts festival runs from 19th – 22nd June. Find out more here.


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