Plans are underway to construct a multi-purpose edifice to boost event tourism, creative arts and economic growth in Kumasi, Ghana’s second-largest city.The project dubbed ‘Kumasi International Theatre/Conference Centre’ is expected to add to the architectural and cultural skyline of the country’s oldest city, and also bring new energies into the growing heritage tourism and movie industry.
Upon completion, the theatre would have 2,000 seats in the main auditorium, with a hall for 600 seats to meet specially-tailored meetings.
According to a conceptual design presented by the consultants, Messrs. China Bengbu International Technical and Economic Cooperation (CBITEC) Limited, the eco-friendly facility is meant for large conferences, exhibitions, drama, music performance and modern dance.
Mrs. Barbara Oteng-Gyasi, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture (MoTAC), addressing the media in Kumasi, after a Memorandum-of-Understanding (MoU) had been signed between Ghana and CBITEC, described the centre as a landmark project.
The Minister, who signed for Ghana, was assisted by the Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE), Mr Osei Assibey-Antwi, representing the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD).The Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, was also represented at the programme.
Mrs. Oteng-Gyasi cited the commercial, economic and social energies to be drawn from the many events that the state-of-the-art facility would host to the advantage of the local economy and beyond.
Touching on the socio-economic strides Ghana made on the Kumasi movie industry, ‘Kumawood’, the Minister lauded the key players in the industry for the innovative and revolutionary concept.
The local movie industry, she said, deserved commendation for fusing the Ghanaian culture with digital technology and further emphasizing the importance of arts and culture in the promotion and development of the country.
“Using low budgets, record-breaking production time and consistency, ‘Kumawood’ has drawn a lot of attention from the global and regional film industries and has promoted Ghana well enough.
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