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THE RELEVANCE OF CULTURE IN OUR EVER-CHANGING DIGITAL SPACE

THE RELEVANCE OF CULTURE IN OUR EVER-CHANGING DIGITAL SPACE

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THE RELEVANCE OF CULTURE IN OUR EVER-CHANGING DIGITAL SPACE

The Relevance Of Culture In Our Ever-Changing Digital Space

GHANA CULTURE FORUM
GHANA CULTURE DAY CELEBRATIONS – 10TH EDITION
MARCH 2021

THEME:
THE RELEVANCE OF CULTURE IN OUR EVER-CHANGING DIGITAL SPACE

SYNOPSIS

In February 2020, the Intergovernmental Committee for the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions held its 13th session at the UNESCO’s Headquarters in New York to discuss amongst other issues, digital technologies and culture. Recognizing the growing threats posed by such new tools and their effect on the cultural sector, the Committee discussed progress on the pioneering digital roadmap for implementation of the Convention, which charts the national policies and measures for the creative industries in the digital environment.

Culture and Communication are closely inter-related. Digital culture, a key component of Information and Communication technologies (ICT), is a fascinating trend, because it is about access – to everybody by everybody. It has no limits as it helps us to overcome borders and offers us a “second life” in the virtual spaces. Irrespective of our cultural background, traditions, religion, ethnicity, gender and age, we can get together and exchange experiences, ideas and knowledge through the Internet. The transmission of knowledge and values systems is pivotal to the shaping of a community’s behavioural patterns and relationships and therefore their culture. Technology is a critical catalyst in this endeavour as it impacts different aspects of our lives. Technologies intervene in the human environment, modifying it and thus changing the conditions of existence of different cultures in more or less radical ways.

14th of March every year has been designated as Ghana Culture Day. The Day was instituted in 2012 at the official launch of the Ghana Culture Forum (GCF) – a membership-based civil society consultative and advocacy network of cultural practitioners, activists and organisations. We are united around a common vision of affirming the cultural foundations of development and enhancing the profile, value and impact of the cultural sector.

This year marks the 10th edition of the celebrations. The headline event of the 2021 Ghana Culture Day celebrations is a symposium to generate conversations on the theme “The Relevance of Culture in our ever-changing Digital Space”. The symposium will attempt to address the following issues:

a. How can culture maintain its important enlightenment role in this ever-changing digital space?
b. What roles should cultural practitioners, government and other stakeholders play in ensuring cultural values remain the driving force in this digital age?
The event, slated for Friday March 12, 2021, from 9.00am – 12.00pm, will be carried live on Zoom and on all the Ghana Culture Forum’s social media platforms.

It shall feature a keynote presentation by Akosua Adomako Ampofo, Professor of African & Gender Studies at the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana, Legon & President, African Studies Association of Africa.

There will also be statements by the Hon. Minister Designate for Tourism, Arts and Culture, the Head of Office and Representative of UNESCO to Ghana and contributions from various stakeholders in the cultural space.

Prior to the symposium shall be a Social Media Challenge dubbed #ProudlyGhanaian to focus the attention of the youth on the essence of being Ghanaian and what makes us proud as Ghanaians.

The #ProudlyGhanaian challenge is to encourage the youth to share what makes them feel proud to be Ghanaians. The challenge intends to engage the public in such a way for them to participate through short skits, music performances, dance, animation, poetry, literature, food, fashion and other forms imagined. The “PROUDLY GHANAIAN” challenge seeks to instil pride in who we are as a people; portray our resilience in a time of crisis and our resolve to emerge as a better society, despite the challenges we face.

Interested participants are invited to visit the GCF pages on Instagram and Facebook and upload their entries on one of the listed platforms and also tag Ghana Culture Forum on Instagram and on Facebook.

Participants are to hashtag their entries with

• #proudlyghanaian
• #ghanacultureday
• #ghanacultureforum

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