Jackson served as a lieutenant to Rev. By closing this banner or by continuing to use Eventbrite, you agree. Begun in 1987 as the Ga-Dangme Homowo Festival of Thanksgiving, Ghanafest acquired its current name in 1990. Jackson has visited Mideast war zones to see the effects on women and children. The decision was made to repeat the event and seek funding and support from the city of Chicago. What will be at the Festival? Here's a clip of what went down! Garage locations are Grant Park North Garage at 25 N.
What will be at the Festival? Culture and Customs of Ghana. It has been held in various incarnations since 1987. You never know where we will show up! This event is open to all ages. Were you at Chicago this past weekend?! Drums beat out rhythmic melodies. How can I contact the organizer with any questions? Words from the Ghana National Council of Chicago During the 2002 Ghanafest, Clement Timpo, president of the Ghana National Council of Metropolitan Chicago, noted: Whatever way one may look at it, as Ghanaians in this Diaspora, our faith, progress and basic economic and socio economic survivals are intricately linked to the progress and stability in Ghana. Even though we have been away for far too long, we are still an integral part of Ghana; we have loved ones and relatives at home; we send money to our loved ones and relatives regularly; we help in the local community developments; at our council and affiliate organization meetings, we are always thinking, and concerned with, and deliberating on the developmental progress of local councils and local communities in Ghana.
GhanaFest is a one-day annual festival held on the last Saturday of July. The festival includes a Ghanian Durbar, or gathering of the royal court. Chicago is a better place because they chose to make this their home base. Packages: Check discounted parking rates and multi-day parking packs at Purchase Options: Pay at parking location; call 312. Entertainers from Ghana perform in a variety of musical styles, and marketplace vendors offer wares ranging from textiles, fine art, and jewelry to foods, including fried fish, Jollof-rice, and okro-soup. It attracts about 20,000 participants each year to Chicago's Washington Park. We therefore share in the dilemma, and the economic and socio economic frustrations and survival of Ghana.
This merger furthered the recognition of the festival, and it began to draw more attention on the local, national, and international levels. For more information please review our. Big Bang Secure some space with blankets and lawn chairs and get ready for the opening night—a huge fireworks display over Lake Michigan. Float around Lake Michigan on a paddleboat Cool off with the sounds, sights and the city in the background. Regional cuisine is dished out as liberally as the hospitality. Date Observed: Last Saturday of July Location: Chicago, Illinois Ghanafest is a festival of thanksgiving that celebrates the heritage of Ghanaians in the metropolitan Chicago area.
The festival focuses on bringing together the city's Ghanaian community during this traditional holiday. Parking is also available at the park. We recommend using public transportation or carpooling. This event is open to all ages. Eventbrite, and certain approved third parties, use functional, analytical and tracking cookies or similar technologies to understand your event preferences and provide you with a customized experience. Live and in the building were amazing vendors, amazing performances and gorgeous in the midst of beautiful Ghanaians and lovers thereof! It attracts an average of about 5,000 participants each year to Chicago's Washington Park.
Creation of the Festival In 1990 the Ghanaian organizations met and agreed to expand the festival to represent all Ghanaian ethnic groups. Ghanafest Ghanafest is a one-day, annual event held on the last Saturday of July and sponsored by the Ghana Club of Chicago and other ethnic associations representing Ghanians in the Chicago area. . Follow World Music Festival Chicago: Plan Your Visit Various Locations, including: 78 E. A grant was received, and in 1988, monies, tents, toilets, parking space, other forms of sponsorship were provided. We are continuously organizing fundraisers for the hospitals, clinics and other local economic infrastructures in Ghana.
The occasion is also used to give community appreciation and achievement awards to notable attendees. This communal celebration was successful and had a broad-based appeal across the Ghanaian community. The festival celebrates the history and culture of the West African nation, Ghana, formerly known as Gold Coast, and recognizes the special bond of unity between Ghana and the United States, and also Ghana and other African countries. Native-born Americans intermingle with citizens of Ethiopia, Liberia, and Nigeria - some distant, or possibly not too distant, kin. Both the national anthems of the United States and Ghana are played, reminding attendees of the bonds that cement these two countries. We recommend using public transporation, carpool, taxi, etc.
Contact and Web Site Ghana National Council of Metropolitan Chicago 4433 N. The festival celebrates the history and culture of that west African nation and recognizes the special bond of unity between Ghana and the United States. It is a one-day, annual event held on the last Saturday of July and sponsored by the Ghana National Council of Metropolitan Chicago and 13 other organizations representing Ghanaians in the Chicago area. She has traveled to world hotspots like Honduras, El Salvador and Nicaragua, but always relished her role as a mother. Observance Beginning mid-morning and lasting until nearly day's end, Ghanafest is rife with the sights, sounds and smells of the native western coast of Africa from which its traditions hail.
Local chieftains, queen mothers, their princes, princesses, and other court members parade majestically in opulent regalia. Chiefs, queens, and elders of the traditional council participate in a royal procession, and Ghanian and American officials and guests give speeches. Otherwise, go during the day if you want to avoid vociferous revelry that tends to occur at festivals. During the festival, the spotlight shines on over 800 acts, over 1,000 performances, 12 stages, delectable food and beverages and interactive activities, all in a world-class festival setting. There is dancing and merriment, art and excitement, and, most important of all, thanksgiving for the abundance of the camaraderie of spirit inherent in this annual festival. Grant support for World Music Festival provided by the Irish American Heritage Center, and Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America, a program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. This city-wide, multi-venue, eleven-day festival has attracted over 650,000 concertgoers and has presented more than 650 artists and ensembles from over 80 countries since it began in 1999.