This year has been declared as the ''Year of Return, Ghana 2019'' for Africans in the Diaspora, giving fresh impetus to the quest to unite Africans on the continent with their brothers and sisters in the diaspora.
Included in the lineup of events is the Pan-African Historic Festival, major biennial event of a cultural forum for Africans and people of African descent as well as friends of the continent committed to the noble cause of Pan Africanism.
The venues for the Panafest are the historical towns of Cape Coast and Elmina. The festival is a celebration of African cultural values, history and civilization. This consists of performances and workshops in theatre, drama, music, cinema, poetry, colloquia and lectures, colourful traditional durbar of chiefs and people of Ghana, tours/excursions to places of interest such as the slave castle dungeons.
Panafest brings together participants from all over the world. It was instituted by Ghana government based on a proposal submitted by Dr. (Mrs) Efua Sutherland.
Dates: 24 July 2019 – 01 August 2019
Wednesday 24 July 2019 (Day 1) Arrival
Upon arrival in Accra, a representative from Blastours meets group for transfer to hotel.
Thursday 25 July 2019 ( Day 2) Elmina/Accra
Early Morning: There will be an Akwaaba ceremony at Edina Castle Forecourt in Elmina and Wreaths laying ceremonies at Du Bois Centre, Padmore Library and Kwame Nkrumah memorial park in Accra
In the afternoon, an opening of Emporium and visual art exhibition will take place at Festival and Exhibition venues.
Friday 26 July 2019 (Day 3) Cape Coast
In the morning, there will be an official opening of Grand Durbar of Chiefs and people at Victoria Park, Cape Coast. International Variety Performance will be the highlight of the evening at the Festival Venue.
Saturday 27 July 2019 (Day 4) Cape Coast
In the morning, there will be activities regarding Conference Opening Ceremony namely: Registration and Orientation of participants at the University of Cape Coast.
In the afternoon, conference plenary Session is held at the University of Cape Coast.
In the evening, there will be cultural performance amidst songs and dances at Centre for National Culture, Cape Coast.
Sunday 28 July 2019 (Day 5) Cape Coast
The conference plenaries and performers workshops continue at the University of Cape Coast. There will also be visits the historic sites. In the evening, cultural performance will take place at Centre for National Culture, Cape Coast.
Monday 29 July 2019 (Day 6) Cape Coast
The conference continues in the morning at the University of Cape Coast and in the evening, Youth Explosion at Centre for National Culture, Cape Coast.
Tuesday 30 July 2019 (Day 7) Cape Coast
There will be a celebration of Diasporic faiths, interfaith dialogue.
Wednesday 31 July 2019 (Day 8) Cape Coast
Performers and Artists Workshop will be held at Centre for National Culture. In the evening, there will be Redemption March and Reverential Night at Mfantsipim Junction – Cape Coast Castle, Cape Coast Castle Courtyard.
Thursday 01 August 2019 (Day 9) Assin Manso, Cape Coast
It is Emancipation Day ceremony at Assin Manso. In the evening, an international concert will be held at the Stadium, Cape Coast.