I once wrote something in DUST magazine about how all great cities spoil their residents for choice with too many events to attend without missing others. At the time, Accra was the utter opposite of that city, but something has since changed and our city is abuzz.
Henceforth, I plan week-by-week on sharing some of the events I might go to. Maybe. Let’s see how long I can keep it up.
Already Started: Hanson Akatti’s Stargate Odyssey
After years putting in work as one of Ghana’s very best visual artists (easily so), the homie Hanson Akatti is finally exhibiting his work with a series of pop-up exhibitions showing off all the shades of his colourful imagination.
The first event happened last Sunday, so make sure not to miss the next one this Friday.
21 November – 18 February: Akԑ Yaaa Hheko (One Does Not Take It Anywhere) by Paa Joe & Elisabeth Efua Sutherland
Gallery 1957 will present this collaborative project between renowned fantasy coffin maker Paa Joe and the performance artist Elisabeth Efua Sutherland, exploring funeral practices of the country’s Ga and Fante communities, complete with a performance focusing on the fictional passing of a young girl. The event coincides with with Paa Joe’s 70th birthday and marks his 40th year in the coffin trade.
22nd – 25th November: The Buzz Meets Biz Concerts
Earlier today, I gave a talk on contemporary Ghanaian music as part of Alliance Francaise’ Buzz Meets Biz (organized by Akwaaba Music). Throughout the week, there will be a series of performances by the young musicians from Ghana and across the world who attended the lecture. I suspect that all the venues they play in (including Alliance Francaise, Republic & Serallio) will need to invest in fire extinguishers.
25th to 26th November: the Seamstress of St.Francis Street
The brainchild of broadcaster, dramatist, activist (& generally-awesome-human-being) Akosua Hanson, Drama Queens’ latest play will probably entertain as much as it will provoke.
25th November: E.L’s B.A.R Concert 4
Following his mysterious split with the BBnZ imprint, there is an air of unpredictability surrounding E.L and I am curious as to what will come out of it.
I suspect dopeness.
See you around.