By John Owoo
(In Accra – Ghana)
An exhibition of crafts, fashion and other products by trainees at the Kawukudi Community Youth Cultural Centre (CYCC) is currently underway at the Sankofa Arts and Craft Shop, which is located at the National Commission on Culture in Accra.
The exhibition forms part of the 30th anniversary celebrations of the CYCC, which was initiated among others to provide vocational training in skills development, performing arts and sports and its related activities for the youth.
Products on display include paintings, men / ladies clothing fashioned out of African prints, beads, conference / shopping bags, African print purses, leather / beaded slippers, raffia bags / fans, shopping baskets, shea butter packaged in calabash, T shirts designed with African prints and honey.
Founded in 1989, the CYCC programme aims at responding and satisfying the out-of-school recreational needs of the youth, identify and realize the latent talents of young people, enhance the creative and cultural abilities of the youth and channel their energies into positive use.
Others are to promote the positive values of patriotism, cooperation and internationalism among the youth, prepare the youth as an important manpower resource for development and set the basis for the evolution of Youth Cultural Movement in the country.
Activities include performing arts, fine art and cottage craft, physical culture, literary / environmental programmes. Participants are trained in traditional / contemporary dances, music, drama, puppetry, weaving, embroidery, painting, sculpture, pottery, sewing, batik, sports and writing skills.
A cardinal aspect of CYCC programmes is the involvement of the Community in the affairs and programmes of the Centre. This opens up a cordial relationship with the political and administrative, chiefs, parents and guardians as well as the schools, religious institutions, social clubs and residents in general.
Other events lined up for the anniversary include a webinar conference dubbed “CYCC @ 30: Towards a Sustainable Creative Arts Economy and Youth Empowerment”, “Recorded Theatre for Development Skills on Topical Issues”, “Covid 19 Protocols”, “Teenage Pregnancy” and “Drug / Substance Abuse”.
Barbara Oteng Gyasi, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture will on Wednesday July 22, formally open the exhibition.