KIDDAFEST2017 — 14TH – 16TH DECEMBER
A 3 Day annual international festival for kids. It is an educative and entertaining programme for pupils from Ghana and beyond, to showcase their talents in Drama, Music, Traditional Dances, Poetry recitals, Dance Choreography among others. This year’s Kiddafest is expected to be a “mega kids festival” as it is meant to exhibit various cultures from different parts of Africa.
Friday 27th November, 2015
Government committed to the development of children
Mrs Elizabeth Ofosu Agyare 2015
Accra, Nov. 27, GNA –
Mrs Elizabeth Ofosu-Adjare, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, has reiterated
government’s commitment to ensure the total development of the Ghanaian child in an environment of peace and security.
“ As a prelude to Christmas and Ghana’s elections in 2016, this year’s KIDDAFEST will set the tone for our political
actors to tread politely and in a manner that will not affect the future leaders who are critical for national
development”, she said. The Minister said this on Tuesday at the launch of this year’s Accra International Children’s Arts Festival,dubbed KIDDAFEST 2015.
The two-day event on the theme: “Creating Harmony through Cultural Diversity” will take place with an unprecedented
showy display from December 18 – 19 at the National Theatre.
This year’s activities will be anchored by Tic Tac, the well-known musician, and the event would include dance theatre,
music, poetry, brass band competition, visual arts, and painting.
She said the event brings children from across the country and beyond to exhibit their God given talents and skills
through various artistic performances.
Mrs Ofosu-Adjare said since its inception in 1994, KIDDAFEST has offered children the platform to unearth their talents
and motivated thousands of young talented children to discover themselves.
She said in the best democracies the world over, children have excelled in the talents through a congenial environment
devoid of religious or political intolerance and civil strife.
The Minister said if the children are made to experience sharing and playing with one another within a good climate of
multicultural performances, they will appreciate living in harmony with one another.
Mrs Amy Frimpong, Acting Executive Director of the National Theatre, said this year’s event, launched in Calvary Methodist Junior High School in Adabraka, was because there are lot of creative and talented kids in the district who will benefit by drawing inspiration from the programme to develop their artistic voices.
She said the event is critical because their outfit believes that the arts are central to a child’s development.
Mrs Frimpong said this year’s they have decreased the number of days for the festival from three to two days, stressing
that the days will be filled with enough activities to delight the public.
Mrs Frimpong thanked all the basic school’s supervisors, teachers and parents for rearing the children to appreciate
their culture saying it is an indication that teaching does not only occur in the classrooms but in the society.
KIDDAFEST gives children the platform to exhibit their creative talents in various forms including Dance, (Traditional & Contemporary), Drama, Music, Poetry, Comedy, Dance-Drama and Story-telling among others.
Activities lined-up for last year’s celebration included, inter-schools children’s street carnival, gospel rock show, Best of Fun World and Hip Life Theatre. There will also be a “Terry Bonchaka Night” in honour of the late musician.
The Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, Ms Dzifa Gomashie, who launched the festival, urged the media to help showcase more educative programmes for children.
She suggested that KIDDAFEST be replicated at the regional level to give more children the opportunity to unearth their talents.
The Deputy Executive Director of the National Theatre of Ghana, Mrs Amy Appiah Frempong, stressed the need to include arts and culture in the curriculum of basic schools.
She said, KIDDAFEST was a way of “acknowledging that our culture is important, unique and relevant”, and was aimed at entertaining and educating children.
Mrs Frempong explained that, young people needed to know that, arts did not only enhance understanding of the world around them, but also broadened their outlook on traditional values.
Nana Ama Fuakyewaa Ahwoi, a former host of Fun World, giving her personal experience, said KIDDAFEST had contributed to making her bold, confident and knowledgeable.
She advised parents to continue to support their children and help them to unearth their God-given talents.