On the road from 30th April to 7th of May 2009
Brought To You By the French Embassy and Vodafone
Organized by the Cultural Affairs Services of the French Embassy in partnership with Vodafone, the Cultural Caravan is an initiative designed to challenge artists to develop entertainment by creating new ideas and material which will help the local industry grow. The Culture Caravan is a musical in a contemporary context, with a DJ, a band, traditional musicians, dancers, artists and actors taking you through local fables, daily drama, current news and issues in a format that bears some resemblance to Concert Parties. Starring Hiplife Grandpapa Reggie Rockstone, Kwaw Kese, King Ayisoba, Wanlov the Kubolor, DJ Black, Master Drummer Okyerema Yaw Kontor and his all female drummers and theatre starlet Abena Takyi amongst others.
Arnaud Dornon, Head of Cooperation and Cultural Affairs at the French Embassy spent months developing the concept with Pidgen Music, and enlisted the help of renowned Director Michel Crespin (nicknamed the “Pope of Street Art” in France) to assist with the project. Speaking about the collaboration, he said “the French Government appreciates how important our culture is to our development and economy, and I am very excited by this project, which combines the best from France with the best from Ghana.This is also a new era in commercial partnerships and we are very happy to have Vodafone as sponsors of this project.”
Panji Anoff, the Artistic Director, is very upbeat. “People don’t even know that Reggie Rockstone is an actor who went to drama school and performed in many plays in the U.K. before hiplife. We have Reggie, Wanlov the Kubolor, Kwaw Kese, King Ayisoba and Abena and Yaw Kontor acting roles, performing their hit songs and DJ Black scratching video.This will be a real treat for the audience. Ghanaians are always eager for something refreshing and it is time our artists are challenged with real opportunities to show their talent and ability.”
Vodafone’s sponsorship of this Culture Caravan is a first in the industry. As David Anku, Events manager at Vodafone puts it, “At Vodafone we believe in supporting the local arts industry. By associating with this novel concept, we are saying that we are ready to see it make waves and look forward to the reviews that it will garner.”
The Culture Caravan is brought to you by the French Embassy and proudly supported by Vodafone. Media Partners: TV3, The Multimedia Broadcasting Company and the Graphic Communications Group.
Round 1. Thur. 30th April, Takoradi Jubilee Park
Fri. 1st May, Elmina Castle Park
Sat. 2nd May, Kasoa, fmr. Market Sqr.
Sun 3rd May - Jamestown Mantse Agbona
Round 2. Thu. 7th May, Kumasi, Jubilee Grounds
Fri. 8th May, Koforidua, Jackson Park
Sat. 9th May, Nkawkaw Ofori Park
Sun. 10th May, Obuasi Black Park