The Legon Archaeology Students Association (LASA) is set to celebrate 20 years of existence with unparalleled cultural celebrations. A statement released by President of the association, Mr. Assibey indicated that the celebration is aimed at increasing interests in the national arts. Read the full statement below.
LASA is a student wing of the department of Archaeology and Heritage Studies which was formed in 1996 and started its operations in 1997.Since its inception, the association has been the mouthpiece of the student body with the aim of promoting the image as well as the interest of students of Archaeology and heritage studies at university of Ghana, Legon. It also aims at promoting interest in the study and development of culture and heritage in Ghana and Africa as a whole. Apart from these, the association keep members abreast with current national policies related to preservation of Ghana’s cultural heritage.
This year, the association celebrates its 20th anniversary with its annually organized African Art Festival (AAFEST) under the theme, ‘EXPLORING HERITAGE TOURISM FOR GHANA’S SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT:THE ROLE OF THE ARCHAEOLOGISTS’ from the 1st – 8th April 2017 at the forecourt of the Department of Archaeology and Heritage Studies, University of Ghana, Legon.
AAFEST (African Arts Festival) metamorphosed from African Indigenous Music Festival (AIMFEST) and African Folk Music Festival (AFMUFEST) which were geared towards the enlightenment on the importance of cultural heritage to the socio-economic development of Ghana and Africa. AAFEST is an exciting and educative program organized by the student wing of the Department of Archaeology and Heritage Studies. It aims among other things to promote the cultural heritage of societies in Ghana and Africa at large. This commitment comes on the back of the negative rate at which attention has been turned off the nation’s cultural heritage. LASA has thus assumed the task of propagating African arts as a means of educating students and Ghanaians about African values and culture and the need for it to be preserved. In promoting this important component of the cultural heritage of Africa, the student body creates a common platform for groups and individuals from various parts of Ghana to display their arts through music, dance, textiles, paintings, folklore and archaeological objects.
The festivity will feature documentary films, poster exhibition, symposia, debate, poetry recitals and lectures on the relevance of archaeology to the sustainability of our heritage tourism in Ghana and role of students in tourism development.
The grand durbar which has been scheduled to take place on Friday, 7th April 2017 will witness speeches by distinguished guests, an exhibition of local dishes from all ten regions of Ghana alongside an Anansesem session, music and dance performances from Amamre band and Ngoryiyi Borborbor Group and enjoyment of local beverages.
AAFEST is a sustainable event that would inculcate in the students and Ghanaians as a whole, a high sense of appreciation of our cultural values, identity and heritage through unadulterated arts. The association believes this cultural platform is one of the many frameworks through which the sustainable development of our country and continent could be achieved.
By: Eleazer Fordjour Quayson/ Radio Univers 105.7MHz
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