“Bridges are being built between African communities in Bristol”

The Ghanaian Community of Bristol (GCB) celebrates its annual summer ball on Saturday, June 29, 2019, which coincides with Republic Day.

The annual event brings together Bristol’s multicultural community by showcasing the rich culture and heritage of not only Ghana but the African continent.

The theme for this year’s Summer Ball is “The Importance of Community Inclusion and Engagement”.

It is believed that there are around 1,000 Ghanaians living in Bristol, and the annual celebration of its community has broadened its scope. The aim is to invite and celebrate all the different African cultures that make up the city of Bristol.



Frank Arko-Tharkor the event organizer

Chief organizer Frank Arko-Tharkor said: “We believe there are opportunities to explore as a diverse community in Bristol. This year, Ghana Community Bristol is extending its arm to reach out to other communities to integrate and network.

“We realize that in the past various other communities have done great activities and have had an incredible impact in their own communities. “

This year Bristol’s Deputy Mayor Asher Craig is the guest of honor, who has a brief on communities, equality and public health.

The event will see a number of speakers and its aim is “to integrate and engage the wider African community through music, dance and networking”.

“It is recognized that sometimes groups have not met through their cultural silos, Frank said:” We now recognize the need to join hands and help each other when together we can effect change. necessary and understand the culture of the other in a city proud of its diversity.



Ghana Community Summer Ball Dance and Celebrations

One thing that has united Africa is music, and in particular the Afrobeats. The musical phenomenon has a global impact and is the music of choice for many young people in the African diaspora in the UK.

In this regard, it is a great blow to have in presence one of the pioneers of this movement, the famous High Life Band of Ghana.

The date of the event is very important to Ghanaians, falling one day before its most famous celebration.

Ghana became an independent country on March 6, 1957, when the British relinquished control over the Gold Coast in Africa. It was the first sub-Saharan country in colonial Africa to gain independence.

Three years later, it became a Republic, with Kwame Nkrumah as the first president. While remaining a republic, the country remained part of the British Commonwealth of Nations.

The first Republic Day celebrations took place on July 1, 1960, and this date is revered by Ghanaian and Ghanaian migrants.

Frank said: “These celebrations have continued since then and for the first and second generations of Ghanaian descent this is a great day to celebrate and fit in.”



The Ghanaian community of Bristol celebrates its annual summer ball in 2018 (last year)

Frank would like to invite everyone in the African Diaspora to come and enjoy the day, he said, “We all welcome, and the event will include a formal three-course meal and sit-down dinner, with cultural exhibits, shows and entertainment.

The annual Bristol Ghanaian Community (GCB) Summer Ball takes place at the Marriott Hotel, 2 Lower Castle St, Old Market Roundabout.

Tickets can be purchased here.

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