Black Cultural Archives Launches Exciting Heritage Programme to Commemorate Ghana's Golden Jubilee
By Louise Ray
LONDON, 6 March 2007 – As communities in the UK and around the world commemorate Ghana’s 50 th anniversary of independence from British colonial rule today, the Black Cultural Archives (BCA) has announced that it will be delivering a leading-edge heritage project to commemorate the nation’s achievement.
Thanks to a £49,900 Your Heritage grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and support from the London Borough of Lambeth, BCA’s Ghana Jubilee season will explore how Ghana and Ghanaians in the UK have impacted on Britain’s heritage through an exciting programme of exhibitions, lectures, elders’ oral history projects, youth events and family workshops. BCA is collaborating with the Ghana High Commission and a range of institutions and community groups in London, including the British Museum, Royal Geographical Society and the School of Oriental and African Studies to deliver its Ghana Jubilee programme.
His Excellency Mr Annan Arkyin Cato Ghana High Commissioner to the United Kingdom said: “I am pleased to lend the support of my Office to the work of the Black Cultural Archives as it seeks to enrich the cultural landscape by disseminating Black heritage in the UK. I am hopeful that the contacts between the Ghana High Commission and the Black Cultural Archives will deepen and become even more productive and enriching during Ghana’s Golden Jubilee celebrations.”
Paul Reid – Director, Black Cultural Archives said: “BCA’s Ghana Jubilee season is a prime opportunity for our audiences to reflect on the legacy and structures of hope put in place by Independence movements in the late 50s and early 60s. We seek to enable communities to unite to commemorate Ghana’s landmark anniversary through our diverse programme of events. From March through to August 2007, BCA will create a variety of forums for independence memories, creative and intellectual expression and visual testimony.”
BCA’s Ghana Jubilee season will generate a wealth of material that will complement its archival mission to document the presence of African and Caribbean communities in Britain. BCA will make this information as widely accessible as possible. Much of the material will be available on the Ghana Jubilee season website, designed by leading creative production company Steel Drum Studios. BCA’s Ghana Jubilee season website will launch mid-March 2007 at www.bcaheritage.org.uk/ghanajubilee.
Notes to Editors: The Black Cultural Archives (BCA) is a registered educational charity founded in 1981 to promote the teaching, learning and understanding of the contribution of people of African and Caribbean descent to the history of Britain. Temporarily located in Kennington, the BCA is developing and fundraising towards a new Black Heritage Centre with local, national and international reach through its move to Raleigh Hall, opposite Lambeth Town Hall in central Brixton, in 2010. Website: www.bcaheritage.org.uk
The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) enables communities to celebrate, look after and learn more about our diverse heritage. From our great museums and historic buildings to local parks and beauty spots or recording and celebrating traditions, customs and history, HLF grants open up our nation’s heritage for everyone to enjoy. Website: www.hlf.org.uk
BCA’s Ghana Jubilee heritage programme includes the following:
YOUTH WORKSHOP ‘The Fabric of a Nation Textiles Workshop’ with Kofi Ansah
In partnership the British Museum
Saturday 31 March 2007 Ages: 11-16 years Time: 10am-5pm Venue: Clore Education Zone, British Museum Entry: FREE Registration: To book, telephone 020 7323 8181 or email@example.com
Overview: Young people, under the guidance of Kofi Ansah, a leading Ghanaian fashion designer, will explore the techniques used to produce Ghanaian textiles before creating their own.
ELDERS’ REMINISCENCE SERIES ‘Crossing Continents & Time: Ghana Jubilee Reflections’
In partnership with the Royal Geographical Society and the Ghana High Commission
March & April 2007 Facilitators: Zagba Oyortey and Beyonder Ages: 60+ Time: 11am-2pm Venue: Ghana High Commission and Royal Geographical Society.
Overview: An opportunity for elders of the Ghanaian community in Britain to reflect on the days of independence and the aftermath of their migration to the UK. Images, music and thoughts will be used to rekindle their collective memory, forming a foundation and insight for future generations.
HERITAGE EXHIBITION ‘Mr Barnor’s Independence Diaries’
24 April – 24 June 2007 Venue: Black Cultural Archives Gallery Overview: Curated by Nana Oforiatta-Ayim, this exhibition will showcase the work of Mr. James Barnor, a prolific Ghanaian photo-journalist. The exhibition will display his views and experiences on various themes pertinent to the commemoration of Ghana’s 50 th year of Independence. Particular attention will be given Mr Barnor’s post-war experience in Britain and how these experiences have affected his views on independence, both now and then.
LECTURE ‘Ghana’s Half Century Journey: the Success and Challenges’
Wednesday 2 May 2007 Panellists: Professor David Owusu-Ansah (James Madison University USA), Professor A.B. Assensoh (Indiana University), Professor Yvette Alex-Assensoh (Indiana University), Dr Michael Amoah (University of London). Time: 6.30-9pm Venue: Brunei Lecture Theatre, School of Oriental and African Studies Entry: FREE Registration: Bookings via firstname.lastname@example.org (MAX 2 seats per applicant)
Overview: Leading academics will give presentations on Ghana’s achievements since Independence. The audience will have the opportunity to feed their views to the panel in an open debate.
For further information about other events within BCA’s Ghana Jubilee season please contact Suzanne Ngo-Eyok, Ghana Jubilee Programme Manager t/ 020 7582 8516 e/ email@example.com /END