GTA hosts ‘Festival of Cultures’ to herald Global Citizen Festival

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A colourful event of rich cultural display of Ghanaian royalty, dance and music has been organized to as a precursor to this year’s Global Citizen Festival which is being held in Accra, Ghana’s capital.

The event dubbed ‘Festival of Cultures’ was organized by the Ghana Tourism Authority and featured chiefs and queen mothers from across the country representing the Royal Chiefs Association and the Queen Mothers Foundation.
The National Dance Ensemble of the National Theatre treated patrons to various dance and music from across the country.

CEO of the Ghana Tourism Authority, Akwasi Agyeman said the event was to offer the patrons and organisers of the Global Festival the chance to experience warm Ghanaian hospitality through a royal welcome.

CEO of the Ghana Tourism Authority, Akwasi Agyeman

“Since 2012, I am told that over $14.1 billion is the amount in disbursed funding towards Global Citizens concept and has yielded impact to over 1.1 billion people globally. And so we as Ghanaians we know our traditional Ghanaian welcome you and our chiefs welcome you,” he said.

Deputy Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mark Okraku-Mantey stated that Ghana was pleased to be hosting the event. He said the country aligns very much with the objectives of protecting children, empowering women and ending extreme poverty.

Deputy Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mark Okraku-Mantey (Right)

Started ten years ago, the Global Citizen Festival started as a music festival where fans take actions to end extreme poverty in order to earn free tickets to attend. The concert is timed to coincide with the UN General Assembly to leverage opportunities to get policy and financial commitments from government, corporate and philanthropic leaders. Tickets to the festival are awarded through points earned by taking actions to fight extreme poverty, such as signing petitions, calling your political representatives, participating in challenges, and more.

Okatakyie Nana Anim I, President of the Royal Chiefs Association of Ghana surrounded by some members of the Association

The 2022 Global Citizen Festival will take place in Black Star Square Accra, Ghana, and on Great Lawn in Central Park in New York City, USA, on 24 September.

A performer from the National Dance Ensemble treating guests to a traditional dance

The 2022 Global Citizen Festival will call on world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly and ahead of the G20 and COP27 in November, to step up and invest $600 million into the future of women and girls, close $10 billion climate financing shortfall, deliver $500 million to help African farmers respond to the global food crisis, and provide urgent relief for crushing debts to End Extreme Poverty NOW.

Artistes scheduled to perform at the Accra event include, Usher, H.E.R, SZA, Stonebwoy, Tems, Stormzy, Gyakie among many others.

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