Let’s talk about our cultural heritage.
AAFEST (African Arts Festival), an exciting and educative program of the Department of Archaeology and Heritage Studies, is a yearly event organized by the student wing of the Department which aims at promoting the cultural heritage of societies in Ghana and Africa.
African Indigenous Music Festival (AIMFEST) and African Folk Music Festival (AFMUFEST), as it was previously called, is organized to provide enlightenment on the importance of cultural heritage to the socio-economic development of Ghana and Africa as a whole. Bearing in mind the negative rate at which attention is being turned off our cultural heritage, the student body of the department has taken the task to propagate African arts as a means of educating students and entire Ghanaians about African values and culture and why they need to be preserved.
In promoting this important component of the cultural heritage of Africa, the student body would create a common platform for groups and individuals from various parts of Ghana to display their arts through music, dance, textiles, paintings, folklore and archaeological objects. Though there have been previous editions of the festival celebration; March 2007, April 2008, March 2009, March 2010 and March 2013, March 2014, March 2015, this year marks the 8th edition of the festival. This event has been slated for 2nd -9th April 2016 at the Forecourt of the Department of Archaeology and Heritage Studies, University of Ghana, Legon.
This year’s event is under the theme “Archaeology in Ghana: Prospects for Heritage Preservation and Job Creation.” The festivity will feature documentary films, arts exhibition, symposia, poetry recital and lectures on aspects of our culture that can be adopted for developmental purposes and how they can create jobs for archaeology students and Ghanaians as a whole.
The grand durbar which has been scheduled to take place on Friday, 8th April 2016 will witness speeches by distinguished guests, an exhibition of local dishes from all ten regions of Ghana alongside an Anansesem session, music and dance performances and enjoyment of local beverages.
AAFEST is a sustainable event that would inculcate in the students and the entire Ghanaians a high sense of appreciation of our cultural values, identity and heritage through unadulterated arts. We believe this cultural platform is one of the many frameworks through which the sustainable development of our country and continent could be achieved.