GH Schools in collaboration with the Culture, Tourism and Creative Arts Department of the Tema Metropolitan Assembly have launched the maiden edition of December Fest.
December Fest 2023, is a 3-day event slated for the first three days of December at T-Havana Park in the Tema Metropolis.
The media launch was held on Thursday, November 9 together with the announcement of an open portal for registration for vendors and artists who would want to sell or perform at the festival.
Speaking at the media launch, Director for Culture, Tourism and Creative Arts Department of the Tema Metropolitan Assembly Sandra Boison noted that this collaboration is aimed at promoting and preserving heritage, as well as the transformation of Tema into a thriving cultural and tourist hub.
She also added that the impact of the collaboration is in anticipation of a significant increase in the number of tourists at Tema, leading to economic growth.
The festival, which is a three-day event will commence on Friday, December 1 and end on Sunday, December 3.
Ms Sandra Boison outlined the various activities for the festival as follows:
Day 1; the celebration of December Fest 2023, will commence with a street carnival, which will be a float through the principal streets of Tema. This will be followed by a craft fair, barbecue and karaoke night.
On the second day, December 2, 2023, there would be a grand durbar involving chiefs and the people of Tema, with lots of food drinks and music. Day two would also be climaxed with a talent and artists night.
The Sunday, which will be the last day of the event will have a family fun day in the morning, a cooking competition and finally, a ladies’ night and fashion show.
Rector of GH Schools, Leslie Addo-Listowell, for his part, said the festival seeks to bring people from all walks of life to celebrate Ghana’s culture and also promote tourism.
The theme for the festival is “fostering unity through culture and tourism” with a sub-theme, music, food, and drinks.”
He added that the festival would be an annual event which brings people to the centre of the world, Tema.
He used the opportunity to call on vendors and sponsors who wish to be a part of this event.
According to Mr Addo-Listowell, the festival is a free-entry event and is open to the general public.
He also added that security arrangements have been made in order to ensure the safety of everyone who will be present.