Mark Okraku-Mantey cut sod for construction Amphitheater in Kumasi

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As work on the five amphitheaters begins, the creative arts sector in Ghana is expected to experience a significant uptick.

On Wednesday, April 26, a sod-cutting ceremony was performed for the first project at the Center for National Culture (CNC) in Kumasi.

A delegation from the ministry was led by Mark Okraku-Mantey, the deputy minister for tourism, arts, and culture.

Prior to the 2020 national elections, President Akufo-Addo made a commitment in his manifesto that the project will be completed.

Okraku-Mantey said in his speech: “We are on the soil or on the grounds to start the project.  So, it will be prudent that we do the official thing that we do. We are here to do the first digging so that we can put on record that the project has started.

“This project ought to be completed by the end of July. Similar initiatives will be launched in Takoradi, Tamale, Accra, and perhaps Tema.

The Creative Arts Industry Act, 2020 and the development of the Creative Arts Senior High School in Kumasi were among the accomplishments in the creative arts sector that the deputy minister praised for the government.

A location utilized for entertainment, performances, and sports called an amphitheatre.

Similar to a contemporary open-air stadium, ancient Roman amphitheatres had an oval or circular shape and had seating tiers that encircled the main performance space.

In contrast, the semicircle-shaped ancient Greek and Roman theaters with tiered seating on one side of the performance space were the norm at the time.

The term “amphitheatre” is now used to refer to any structure with slope seating, including stadia, theaters in the round, and stages designed like those in theaters but with seating on only one side. They could be indoors or outside.


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