All Events – Year of Return

LEGEND

—  Level of Anticipation

 

DECEMBER

3 Star Events

 

The Ecstasy Night Boat Cruise

6 December

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Gold Coast Experience

6-7 December

Accra

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Ghana Festival of Light

12-15 December

Osu

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Bar Concert

14 December

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The Creatives Art Show

14 December

Accra

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High Dive House Music Party

14 December

Plot 7 | Accra

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JunkFest

15 December

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Link Up

19-20  December

Oasis Lounge | Accra

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Blac

20 December

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Alter Ego

20 December

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V for Vanity Show

20-31 December

Accra

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Trap & Art

20-21 December

Sai Wine | Accra

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AfroChic

21-22 December

Accra

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Masoiree (Mask Party Ghana)

21-22 December

Odarley’s Nest | Aburi

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Exclusive R&B/Hip Hop Party

21-22 December

Sai WIne | Accra

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Xmas Eve Party

24 December

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Drip Glow in the Dark

24 December

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DayCation LDN

26 December

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ESSENCE Full Circle Festival

26 -31 December

Accra

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LogOut 2019 – Pool Party

26 December

Channel’s London Bar | Accra

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Drip Pool Party & Jams

26 December

Kokrobite | Accra

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Made in Ghana Street Fair

27 December

Accra

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Re-Connect Fest 2019

27 December

Accra

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Codes I

27 December

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Rose Saturdays – The Pink Brunch Edition

28 December

Polo Club | Accra

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Di Ma Ne Nsa

28 December

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NaturALL Fest

29 December

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Codes I

30 December

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Crossover

31 December

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DECEMBER

4 Star Events

 

Roots Reggae Festival

6 – 8 December

Kizomba Festival

11-15 December

Afrikiko | Accra

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Ghana Tech Summit

13 December

Accra

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Kiddafest

14 December

Diaspora Drive

20 December

Ecobank HQ | Accra

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Bisa Fest- High Lives On

20 December

Pearly Gate Gardens | Accra

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Akwaaba Group Welcome Party

20 December

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Crusade IV

20 December

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X in the Woods

20 December

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Random Meet Up Tour 2019

21 December

Ada

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BhimNation Concert

21 December

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Afrowave 2019

22-23 December

Suncity Hotel | Osu

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The Rooftop Party

23 December

Mensvic Grand Hotel

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Tribvl Jungle Fever

24 December

Woodland | Legon

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PinexGinja

24 December

Pearly Gate Garden | Legon

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Rapperholic Concert

25 December

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All White

25 December

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Bloombar Day Party

26 December

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Sankofa Music Concert

26 December

Accra

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The Black Gala 2019

26 December

Accra

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Detty Rave 3

27 December

Untamed Empire | Spintex

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The Garden Party

27 December

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Experience Ghana with Mr. Eazi

27 December

Accra

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Welcome To Ghana Day Party

27 December

SunCity | Osu

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Vibes in Accra- The Year of Return

27 December

SoHo Club | Accra

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Daytox Party – Ghana Edition

27 December

Crystal Park | Accra

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All Black Party

29 December

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Afrobeats & Brunch

29 December

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DLT Brunch

30 December

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Audacity NYE Tropical Party

31 December

Polo Club | Labadi Beach Club

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Day Pool Party

31 December

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DECEMBER

5 Star Events

 

Little Havana

26 December

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AfroNation Ghana

27-30 December

Laboma Beach | Accra

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Afrochella

28 December

El Wak Stadium

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JANUARY

4 Heart Events        

 

All White Party

1 January

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Winneba Fancy Dress Festival

1 January

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Throwback New Year

1 January

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This is Africa (TINA) 2020

1 January

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Experience Ghana with Mr Eazi

1-3 January

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African Royalty Night

1 January

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V for Vanity Show

1-5 January

Accra

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ESSENCE Full Circle Festival

1-4 January

Accra

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DayTox Day Party

2 January

Accra Polo Club

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Sundance

2 January

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Buena Vista Beach Party

3 January

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Party at the Beach (Akwaaba Group)

4 January

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Send Off Party

5 January

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Sunset Shutdown Foam Party

5 January

Polo Club

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What is Year of Return?

The “Year of Return, Ghana 2019” is a major landmark spiritual and birth-right journey inviting the Global African family, home and abroad, to mark 400 years of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans in Jamestown, Virginia. The arrival of enslaved Africans marked a sordid and sad period, when our kith and kin were forcefully taken away from Africa into years of deprivation, humiliation and torture. While August 2019 marks 400 years since enslaved Africans arrived in the United States, “The Year of Return, Ghana 2019” celebrates the cumulative resilience of all the victims of the Trans Atlantic slave Trade who were scattered and displaced through the world in North America, South America, the Caribbean, Europe and Asia.

The Ghana Tourism Authority(GTA) under the auspices of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts, and Culture is leading the project in collaboration with the Office of Diaspora Affairs at the Office of the President the PANAFEST Foundation and The Adinkra Group of the USA.

One of the main goals of the Year of Return campaign is to position Ghana as a key travel destination for African Americans and the African Diaspora. In 2019, the events planned throughout the year will serve as a launch pad for a consistent boost in tourism for Ghana in the near and distant years. Beyond tourism, this initiative supports one of the President’s key developmental agendas in Ghana Beyond Aid. We know that tourism can be a leading indicator to business and investment.

We are focused on ensuring that our brothers and sisters have a safe, pleasant and wonderful journey home so they will want to come back, get involved, see the opportunity that exists in Ghana for us to work together and begin to rebuild what has been stolen and lost over the past 400 years.

In the heart of Accra, Ghana’s capital, just a few meters from the United States embassy, lie the tombs of W. E. B. Du Bois, a great African-American civil rights leader, and his wife, Shirley. The founder of the US-based National Association for the Advancement of Colored People moved to Accra in 1961, settling in the city’s serene residential area of Labone and living there until his death in August 1963.

Mr. Du Bois’s journey to Ghana may have signaled the emergence of a profound desire among Africans in the diaspora to retrace their roots and return to the continent. Ghana was a major hub for the transatlantic slave trade from the 16th to the 19th centuries.

In Washington, D.C., in September 2018, Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo declared and formally launched the “Year of Return, Ghana 2019” for Africans in the Diaspora, giving fresh impetus to the quest to unite Africans on the continent with their brothers and sisters in the diaspora.

At that event, President Akufo-Addo said, “We know of the extraordinary achievements and contributions they [Africans in the diaspora] made to the lives of the Americans, and it is important that this symbolic year—400 years later—we commemorate their existence and their sacrifices.”

US Congress members Gwen Moore of Wisconsin and Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas, diplomats and leading figures from the African-American community, attended the event. Representative Jackson Lee linked the Ghanaian government’s initiative with the passage in Congress in 2017 of the 400 Years of African-American History Commission Act. Provisions in the act include the setting up of a history commission to carry out and provide funding for activities marking the 400th anniversary of the “arrival of Africans in the English colonies at Point Comfort, Virginia, in 1619.”

Since independence in 1957, successive Ghanaian leaders have initiated policies to attract Africans abroad back to Ghana.

In his maiden independence address, then–Prime Minister Kwame Nkrumah sought to frame Africa’s liberation around the concept of Africans all over the world coming back to Africa.

“Nkrumah saw the American Negro as the vanguard of the African people,” said Henry Louis Gates Jr., Director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard, who first traveled to Ghana when he was 20 and fresh out of Harvard, afire with Nkrumah’s spirit. “He wanted to be able to utilize the services and skills of African-Americans as Ghana made the transition from colonialism to independence.”

Ghana’s parliament passed a Citizenship Act in 2000 to make provision for dual citizenship, meaning that people of Ghanaian origin who have acquired citizenships abroad can take up Ghanaian citizenship if they so desire.

That same year the country enacted the Immigration Act, which provides for a “Right of Abode” for any “Person of African descent in the Diaspora” to travel to and from the country “without hindrance.”

The Joseph Project

In 2007, in its 50th year of independence, the government initiated the Joseph Project to commemorate 200 years since the abolition of slavery and to encourage Africans abroad to return.

Similar to Israel’s policy of reaching out to Jews across Europe and beyond following the Holocaust, the Joseph Project is named for the Biblical Joseph who was sold into slavery in Egypt but would later reunite with his family and rule Egypt.

The African-American community is excited about President Akufo-Addo’s latest initiative. In social media posts, many expressed interest in visiting Africa for the first time. Among them is Amber Walker, a media practitioner who says that 2019 is the time to visit her ancestral home.

“It is definitely comforting because that kind of red carpet has not been rolled out by our oppressors in the Western world,” she added.

In making the announcement President Akufo-Addo said: Together on both sides of the Atlantic, we’ll work to make sure that never again will we allow a handful of people with superior technology to walk into Africa, seize their people and sell them into slavery. That must be our resolution, that never again, never again!”

But Ms. Walker took issue with Mr. Akufo-Addo for appearing to downplay the actions of some Africans in the slave trade. “In the president’s [Akufo-Addo’s] statement, he sounds like the entire blame is placed on white people coming in with weapons and taking black people away, but that’s not necessarily the history. So I think that needs to be acknowledged,” she said.

She suggested a form of reconciliation such as took place in post-apartheid South Africa—a truth and reconciliation process that will satisfy the millions of Africans whose forefathers were sold into slavery.

In 2013 the United Nations declared 2015–2024 the International Decade for People of African Descent to “promote respect, protection and fulfilment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms of people of African descent.”

The theme for the ten-year celebration is “People of African descent: recognition, justice and development.”

The “Year of Return, Ghana 2019” will coincide with the biennial Pan African Historical Theatre Festival (Panafest), which is held in Cape Coast, home of Cape Coast Castle and neighbouring Elmina Castle—two notable edifices recognized by UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) as World Heritage Sites of the slave era.