It is without doubt or fears of contradiction that Ghana continues to enjoy a highly respectable position among developing nations when it comes to culture and tradition.
The country is well endowed with so many natural resources and remarkable creative content which can be used to enhance our tourism attraction. This was abundantly proven in German city of Berlin Kreuzberg Street where the annual Carnival of Cultures was held recently which coincided with the country’s 60th Independence anniversary celebration.
The carnival, which symbolically marked the beginning of another traditional year, was a pleasing spectacle as people from about 78 countries and more than 1.5 to 2 million people all over the world were attracted to the event which includes Nigeria, Congo, Angola, Cameroon, Brazil, Trinidad and Tobago and a host of others to showcase their different cultural identity.
Ghana therefore was once again represented by a massive crowd led by a Ghanaian tourist and the staff from the embassy. This year’s event witnessed as usual a colourful display of tradition and culture in dance and regalia which includes kente and assorted cultural symbols and choked huge floating procession along the principal street were some of the hall marks that characterized this year’s event and did not only galvanize Ghanaian contingents but also caused the procession to move at a snail pace.
Ghana has been participating in this all important cultural exchanges since 2004 when a young Ghanaian tourist by name Fatima Adamu Sukah decided to involve Ghana’s participation in this all important cultural exchanges to showcase the countries rich culture and tourism potentials to the rest of the world. It is a yearly affair which is competed for by the countries and so far Ghana has won the event thrice through Azonto and Bamaya dance.
As if the occasion was meant to display their skills in traditional dancing and outdo each other the chiefs and queens, riding in their array of palanquins of different sizes and shape responded positively to the rhythms of the ‘kete and “fontomfrom’ beat, and Azonto dance alongside Bamaya in a long float attracted a large crowd than any other country.
In her short but impressive speech the leader and the founder of the Ghana group Fatimah Adamu Sukah encourages the Germans and for that matter other countries to visit Ghana because it is peaceful, tourist friendly and have more to offer them when it comes to culture and authentic music. She was grateful to the Ghanaian embassy for their massive support, the Premier Media team for making it to Berlin Kreuzberg to cover the event live to be shown on GTV and Metro TV.
She also revealed that the organizers have decided to invite the Minister for Tourism, Arts & Culture Hon. Catherine Afeku to next year’s celebration.
Cultural Festival and Carnival in Berlin takes place every year during the Pentecost weekend, and the main attraction is the big carnival parade on Sunday. The first cultural carnival was 16 May 1996 and has since then been celebrated each year during the Pentecost weekend, a great festival with colors, music and happy dancing people from around the world.To see the whole parade it takes over four hours and some of our local musicians who have passed through the festival are D-Flex, CASTRO, SHERRIFA GUNU, KORKORVELI.
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