Experience our Ghanaian (West Africa) culture at our Akwaaba Corner.
“Akwaaba” means “Welcome” in our Ga language and you will be welcomed by our dynamic music and rhythm, rich arts and culture. We will fill your day with exciting fun and free workshops for everyone of all ages. Participate in our traditional African drumming and dance, kids beaded bracelet making, African fabric card making and brows through our cultural information displays. There will also be African hair braiding, and genuine Ghanaian jewelry, fabrics, accessories and contemporary African fashion to take home.
• African Drumming and Dance workshop: with One Spirit Africa & WALA: 12pm – 6pm
• Kids Bracelet making & Fabric Card making workshops (free): 10am – 6pm
• A Cultural Information Display of our Culture (free): 10am – 9pm
• African Hair Braiding: 10am – 9pm
• Cultural Stall: 10am – 9pm
10 Feb 2019 (Sunday)
10 AM to 9 PM
Clock Tower, Upper Esplanade, St Kilda
Near the Alfred Square Stage
About Akwaaba Corner Project
Akwaaba Corner Project is a unique cultural collaboration between Emelia Otteng (Ghanaian/Australian) and Chilean/Australian Visual Artist/Creative Producer, Dominique Rada. They have joined to combine their passion and artistic knowledge in promoting and sharing the rich Ghanaian (West Africa) culture and arts, through active engagement through a popup market stall space at various prominent festivals and Markets around Melbourne. Their popup market stall is based on a cultural community development model and presented in an innovative way with an emphasis on sharing culture, encouraging community participation and connection.
When you approach the stall, you are drawn to the rich colours of their jewelry, the craftsmanship of the fabrics and clothing, and find yourself participating in various workshops from African Drumming and Dance to kids hair braiding, bracelet and card making crafts. When you buy a product, you will walk away with knowledge of the symbolic significance of a cloth or patterns on a piece of fabric. The stall is setup up to actively engage the wider Australian audience and share Ghanaian culture, art and history through displays, storytelling and symbols. The products are ethically sourced from personal links Dominique and Emelia have established in both Ghana and Melbourne, through local Ghanaian independent artists, local family businesses and NGOs. All products are handmade and produced in Ghana. The workshops are facilitated by local Ghanaian performers based in Melbourne and by Dominique and Emelia.
This project has been assisted by Port Phillip City Council through the Local Festivals Fund.