World Day for African and Afrodescendant Culture
Held every year on 24 January, World Day for African and Afrodescendant Culture celebrates the many vibrant cultures of the African continent and African Diasporas around the world, and promotes them as an effective lever for sustainable development, dialogue and peace. As a rich source of the world’s shared heritage, promoting African and Afrodescendant culture is crucial for the development of the continent, and for humanity as a whole.
UNESCO adopted 24 January as the World Day for African and Afrodescendant Culture at the 40th session of the UNESCO General Conference in 2019. This date coincides with the adoption of the Charter for African Cultural Renaissance in 2006 by the Heads of State and Government of the African Union. Celebration of this day also aims to promote the widest possible ratification and implementation of this Charter by African States, thereby strengthening the role of culture in promoting peace on the continent.
What UNESCO does for African and Afrodescendant culture
From January 24-26, Ghana shall be celebrating the World Day for African and Afro-descendant Culture (WDAAC) to highlight the contributions of cultures of the African continent and the African diasporas around the world, as well as their role in driving sustainable development, dialogue, and peace. The year’s celebration shall be led by the African Network of Cultural Promoters and Entrepreneurs (RAPEC), the government of Ghana with the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and culture and its agencies, Associations of African Universities (AAU) with support from UNESCO. Some of the series of activities include: