EHALAKASA PRESS RELEASE

In preparation towards the 7th Annual Ehalakasa Festival, G3 Channels, the organization behind the Ehalakasa Poetry and Arts Festival has issued a press release, inviting Poets, Dancers, Performers to apply to be part of the event as well as Volunteers.

The full text of the press release is published below

7TH ANNUAL EHALAKASA FESTIVAL:

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS 2014

Ehalakasa will celebrate its 7th Annual Ehalakasa Festival in October 2014. Accra will light up with experimental collaborations and performances charged in spoken word, music, dance and theatre for three days. This year’s Festival will happen on October 24th, 25th and 26th.

Ehalakasa is the junction where poetry intersects with music, dance and theatre. Ehalakasa has been at the forefront of promoting, developing and sustaining the growth of spoken word in Ghana. This community of creative minds have realized the need for free, uninhibited self expression and have applied poetry as a potent medium through which to share ideas and express thoughts and feelings since 2007. Poetry forms the foundation upon which music, theatre and dance are interrogated. This inter-disciplinarity opens up the scope of expression and fosters an active platform for experimentation, collaboration and new ideas. The event primarily happens in Accra but travels throughout Ghana.

Who Can Apply:
The Festival is open to active/professional performers (poets, poet ensembles, musical bands, dancers) who are interested in participating in this year’s event. There is no age restriction. The event wishes to showcase spoken word poetry as its primary area while encouraging collaborations between poets and other disciplines of performance art (namely dance, theatre and music). This multicultural platform provides an opportunity to connect participants to the vibrant cultural scene in Accra and beyond.

Application and Selection Procedure:
We request new or existing work to be re-staged in the disciplines of poetry, music, dance, theatre and comedy. Only original works will be accepted. We also accept collaborative works from poets, musicians etc.

Submissions must include:
1. Detailed description of performance or choreography.
2. Sender’s biography (if band or group please provide collective bio)
3. Reference material or links to existing performances online.

Please send your submissions to ehalakasa@gmail.com.

The deadline for submissions is September 15, 2014.

The Ehalakasa team will make the final decision on submissions by end of September. Applicants will be notified immediately afterwards.

Who We Are:
G3 Channels is a non-governmental organization which promotes development through youth empowerment. The organization facilitates the longest running spoken word event in Ghana – Ehalakasa. As part of its initiatives the organization runs the annual Ehalakasa Festival, the monthly Ehalakasa Slam, TalkParty series and quarterly The Cadence – a spoken word/jazz fusion. G3 Channels partners with Nubuke Foundation, 4CHANGE and Foundation for Contemporary Art, Ghana in its bid to integrate into the larger artitst’s community to promote collaboration and exchange.

For more information and updates on Ehalakasa events:

Website: http://www.ehalakasa.wix.com/ehalakasa
Blog: http://www.ehalakasa.tumblr.com
Videos: http://www.vimeo.com/ehalakasa
Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/ehalakasa
Twitter: @ehalakasa
Soundcloud: http://www.soundcloud.com/ehalakasa

 

CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS 2014
Ehalakasa will celebrate its 7th Annual Ehalakasa Festival in October 2014. Accra will light up with experimental performances, collaborations and performances charged in spoken word, music, dance and theatre for three days. This year’s Festival will happen on October 24th, 25th and 26th.

Who Can Apply:
The 3-day festival will be intensive and therefore we will need your participation. We need passionate and enthusiastic individuals who believe in Ehalakasa and support the movement to help us with the organization and implementation of this year’s festival.

Volunteering:
Volunteering is generally considered an altruistic activity and is intended to promote goodness or improve human quality of life. Volunteering is also renowned for skill development, socialization, and fun. Volunteering may have positive benefits for the volunteer as well as for the person or community served. It is also intended to make contacts and offer high level networking opportunities.

Categories for volunteering include:

Technical Production: Sound/Lighting
Merchandise sales
Stage management
Administrative roles/Calls/Coordination
Graphic Design
Publicity/Promotion/Marketing
Transportation
Catering/Hospitality/Ushering
Social Media/Website
Emails/Information Center
Documentation: Photography/Video
Ticketing
Site setup/breakdown
Equipment setup
Material & Supplies distribution
Food/water distribution
Backstage assistance

Age: 18 years and above

Please contact ehalakasa@gmail.com or call 0205663172

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