Ghana Party in the Park – Family Fun Day
An annual day festival held in London for the Ghanaian Community in the diaspora. Since 2005 the festival attracts over 5000 visitors from UK, Europe, USA, Canada and Ghana.
Live music, spectacular costumes display, durbar of chiefs parade, cultural dancers, fashion show, fun fair, football, kids actives, arts and crafts stalls and of course the traditional freshly cooked Ghanaian or African food, this is probably the most exciting annual festival event out side of Ghana.
The Event & Attractions
Business or pleasure, the festival presents a great opportunity to buy or sell, enjoy the day with families and friends. Live Music | Food | Durbar of Chiefs | Cultural Dancers | Live Performance | Fun Fair | Bouncy castle | Face painting | Fashion Show | Picnic | Ludo |Football | Spar | Oware | Acrobatics | Networking | Dance Competition | Art & Craft |
The Food Court
There’s nothing quite like the smell of chi –chin ga. Okay kebabs. For a day you can almost forget you are in London. Kenkey and fish, Waakye, tilapia, banku and okro, gari foto, kelewele, bow float, kattie cake and all the things the streets of Ghana takes for granted. For the brave at heart the cultural tent will have pounded fufu with a choice of amponchi kraka, abenqui. Traditional ampesi flavoured with kobi, and for those of you that remember the traditional Circle yam and choofi from a night out and have now substituted it for donor kebab.
Durbar of Chiefs Display:
This is a cultural display by chiefs to uphold the rich heritage and culture in the Ghanaian community. Beautifully adorned queens and chiefs, and their elders appear in a public procession amidst drumming, singing, and dancing. They process under ceremonial umbrellas of brilliant colours and they also dress up in colourful attires with the finest golden ornaments.Such ceremonies rekindle the chiefs bond to the people, revive unity, cleanse the society, and pray for the welfare of the people. At their destination the chief and queen sit in state flanked by their elders, as sound and motion continue around them. Guests then extend greetings.
This enlightens the crowd about the various types of dance in the Ghanaian culture. It serves as a way of educating people about the traditions of Ghana as well. A display by a dance troupe is showcased on the day and members of the audience are invited to join in or are taught a few steps. It basically creates awareness about the Ghanaian culture especially for Ghanaian who were born and bred abroad.
This creates a platform for upcoming designers to showcase their talent. It also highlights some of the latest designs with an influence from the Ghanaian/African culture.
This a play area allotted to kids under adult supervision. The various activities available are face painting, console games, bouncy castles and a lot more. This area serves as a platform for socialisation for the kids as well as their parents and it also enables the parents to indulge in the various activities going on in the park without a worry about their kid’s safety.
Think of the rich cultural and colourful images of Ghana, stylish, traditional, outlandish costumes, familiar faces and dancing to a favourite music, inevitably spring to mind. Trent Park where the event is being held extends over 10 acres of lush greenery lined with large beautiful trees making it every bit the show ground that it is. Flanked by visitors jostling to get a hold of “an old friend” they see in the crowd. The festival is for all ages, children and teenagers equally represent in their numbers. The children play ground a delight for every child, with fun fair, bouncy castle, face painting, balloons, competitions, ice cream etc. This festival is an event that has no age barriers. “Meet me There”