August 23, 2023
GEPA meets handicraft dealers ahead of Adinkra International Arts & Crafts Show
The Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA) has held a meeting with representatives of six handicraft producer associations to discuss the maiden edition of the Adinkra International Arts and Crafts Show Ghana scheduled to take place this year from October 10 to October 15, at the Papaye Recreational Centre in Aburi.
The art dealers who were taken through preparation arrangements and registration processes, were drawn from the National Association of Handicraft Exporters (NAHE), the United Craft Producers Association (UCPA), the Greater Accra Handicraft Dealers Association (GAHDA), the Federation of Handicraft Associations (FHA), the Traditional Kente Producers Association (TKPA), and the Global Handicraft Association (GHA).
According to the Director of Projects at GEPA, Alexander Dadzawa, Adinkra would put the spotlight on the African art and crafts industry while positioning Ghana as a centre for art business.
He said Aburi was chosen to host the event due to its reputation as one of the nation’s most visited tourist destinations as well as a hub for the local art and craft industry.
Mr. Dadzawa also urged Ghanaian arts dealers to register early and take advantage of the event to showcase their works to the world.
The six-day event will highlight authentic African art, craft, home décor, jewellery, and textile products while serving as a hub for inspiration and knowledge exchange.
The craft, textile, and home decor fair will also coincide with the 2023 edition of ‘Odwira’, the main annual traditional festival of the chiefs and people of Aburi. Visitors will have the opportunity to witness the display of rich Ghanaian culture and visit tourist centres such as the Aburi Botanical Gardens.
The biennial event is intended to boost art exports by showcasing high-quality African artworks while providing a platform for industry players to network and explore business opportunities.
Adinkra presents a complete package of business activities, including exhibitions, seminars, B2B and buyer-seller meetings, mentorship sessions, fun parks, and other activities designed to make the experience memorable.
More than 200 domestic and foreign exhibitors are expected to attend, making it a prime location for business collaborations, the discovery of new and unique products, investment opportunities, getting insights into market and product trends, and positioning Africa as a hub for product sourcing.
The Adinkra International Arts and Crafts Show Ghana will have four stages: Home Décor, Giving, Sustainability and Inspiring. Home Décor showcases authentic African handicrafts; Giving celebrates gift ideas; Sustainability showcases products and solutions to protect the environment; and Inspiring provides a dedicated pavilion for networking sessions.