The Organising Committee of the 3rd Kwame Nkrumah Festival has announced Monday, 20th - Friday, 24th September, 2021 as dates for the 2021 Kwame Nkrumah Pan-Africanism Intellectual and Cultural Festival.
The festival would be preceded by a three-day youth and film festival from 15th – 17th of September.
The festival is hosted by the current Kwame Nkrumah Chair in African Studies, Professor Amina Mama, under the auspices of the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana, Legon.
The theme for the festival is “Pan Africanism, Feminism and the Next Generation: Liberating the Cultural Economy”.
According to the organisers, this year’s festival sets out to celebrate and showcase the beauty, ingenuity, and creativity of African cultural production.
“It will provide a vibrant transgenerational platform for intellectual debate on the kind of cultural and economic architecture required to turn Africa’s material and cultural resources into decent livelihoods and wellbeing for African people,” a statement from the organisers said.
Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the organisers say this year’s festival will be an audacious and visionary experiment intended to advance digitalisation for African purposes. The events will be digitally curated and live-streamed globally over the internet for the first time.
The five-day main festival will assemble the best of Africa’s cultural workers, academics, activists and practitioners from various sectors of the African and global cultural economy to contribute to a Pan African discourse.
The programme lineup include: symposia and political discussions, dance and musical performances, film screening, an exhibition of art, as well as the demonstration of inventions and technological innovations galvanized by African women, the youth and other 21st century movements intent on ensuring a better future for Africa and the world.
According to the organisers, Pan Africanism cannot remain an old patriarchal heritage dominated by ideas and ways of the past.