Conscious Accra invites you to join us in the first fully virtual edition of the Conscious Cities Festival!
From Oct. 20th - 22nd, we will be hosting a series of ‘Conscious Conversations,’ exploring the roles that cultural and environmental heritage play in shaping the future of our city and its children.
Our final 'Conscious Conversation,' Local Place-Makers: Mmofra Foundation, is an homage to the extraordinary legacy of Ghanaian playwright, poet, and cultural visionary, Efua T. Sutherland. Two generations of her family will come together to discuss her impact on Accra's cultural institutions and built environment, and the place-making work that continues through her organization Mmofra Foundation. As a registered participant, you will receive a link to our pre-recorded webinar on Thursday, Oct. 22nd at 6:00pm GMT, so you can tune in at your convenience from anywhere in the world!
Register via Eventbrite: Conscious Accra | Local Place-Makers: Mmofra Foundation
Conscious Cities Festival 2020 | To Shape and Be Shaped
As part of the 2020 Conscious Cities Festival, Conscious Accra will gather place-makers, educators, environmental justice advocates, artists, and other community members to discuss the theme Our Urban Heritage: Children, Nature, and Culture in the City. How does Accra’s rich cultural heritage shape the urban environment? How will we preserve and integrate the rich biodiversity of the region with a rapidly expanding cityscape? And, most importantly, how do we give Accra’s youth access to their natural and cultural heritage, shaping a new generation of stewards for the 21st century?
Our sessions are designed to be asynchronous, so that you can view dialogues and participate in our discussion forums at any time. We look forward to exchanging ideas with the entire CCF community!
Conscious Accra CCF 2020 Sessions:
Tuesday, Oct. 20th at 4:00pm GMT (9:00am PST/12:00pm EST): Designing Playful African Cities
Wednesday, Oct. 21st at 4:00pm GMT: Is Accra a ‘Green’ City?
Thursday Oct. 22nd at 4:00pm GMT: Living Heritage: Shaping Accra’s Future
Thursday Oct. 22nd at 6:00pm GMT (11:00am PST/2:00pm EST): Local Place-Makers: Mmofra Foundation
Please note that our sessions will be pre-recorded, so while they will go live at the stated times, they will remain available for viewing afterwards to expand access.
H.E. Abena Pokua Adompim Busia is a Ghanaian writer, poet, feminist, lecturer and diplomat. She is a daughter of former Prime Minister of Ghana Kofi Abrefa Busia, and is the sister of actress Akosua Busia. Abena Busia is an associate professor of Literature in English, and of women's and gender studies at Rutgers University. She is currently Ghana's Ambassador to Brazil, appointed in 2017, with accreditation to the other 12 republics of South America.
Alongside professions in law and higher education, Amowi works in civil society as a social innovator and international coordinator with the Ghana-based CSO Mmofra Foundation, leading many of its child-centered initiatives in play, culture and design in African contexts. An advocate for accessible public cultural spaces in urban Africa, she is on the World Urban Parks Committee on Children,Play & Nature, and is one of a group of Africa-based play innovators who are promoting an Africa Play Network.
Professor, Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana
Esi Sutherland-Addy is Associate Professor of African Studies at the University of Ghana. Her main research interests are written and oral literature, women’s literature, and educational and cultural policy. Her current research project, entitled Oral Traditions and Expressive Diversity, involves the collection and digitization of Ghanaian oral traditions. She has over 60 publications, including Women Writing Africa - West Africa and the Sahel, edited with Aminata Diaw.
Esi Sutherland-Addy's civil society activities lie in the areas of higher education, girls’ education, children, Pan-Africanism, culture and public space. She has served on several national and international boards including the Ghana Commercial Bank, Open Society for West Africa, and The Commonwealth of Learning. She is currently the Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the Voluntary Fund for Technical Cooperation of the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights, the Forum of African Women Educationalists (Ghana), and Afram Publications Ghana Ltd., as well as the PANAFEST Foundation. She is also a member of the Board of Mmofra Foundation. Esi Sutherland-Addy served as Ghana's Deputy Minister for Tourism and Culture (1986) and Higher Education (1986-1993).
Architect, Sutherland & Sutherland
Ralph Sutherland is an artist-designer with a particular eye for detail. He brings to each architectural project the insight for developing design concepts that seek to grasp and express the client's particular purpose. His experience in working with real estate and campus projects, including infrastructure development, enables him to play a critical role in the master planning and effective layout planning for utilities, drains and roads for larger schemes.
He founded the firm Sutherland & Sutherland in 1996. Notable projects include the Ashesi University campus at Berekuso, the Children's Park at Kakum National Park, and the winning prototype for Ghana's international missions, on behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Ralph Sutherland was registered as an architect with the Ghana Institute of Architects in 1983, and made a fellow in 2012 for his long-term contribution to the training and professional qualification of young architects in Ghana.
Artist, Director, and Curator
Elisabeth Efua G. Sutherland comes from a background in theatre and contemporary performance, with a career that also encapsulates movement practice, cultural production, new media, film and storytelling. Her personal and artistic practice is broad in scope and depth - covering sculpture, dance, sound, film, design, and technology. She has held artistic residencies at the Google Culture Institute Paris as part of the 89Plus project co-curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist & Simon Castets with Julie Boukobza; the Villa Empain; the Harn Museum of Art, and more, as well as teaching and lecturing at universities in the US and Ghana. Her work has been exhibited in over 12 countries across 3 continents, and her collaborations and collaborators continue to evolve, as do the subjects of her inquiry.
Currently, Elisabeth is curating a storytelling project for the 2020 Fakugesi Digital Innovation Festival, organized by faculty at the Wits University in South Africa. She is the founder of artist-led space Terra Alta, as well as the co-director and co-founder of the Accra Theatre Workshop.
Rachel Phillips is an accidental urbanist, and an advocate for regenerative 21st-century cities. While her professional background is centered in communications and organizational development, her international upbringing and lifelong love of cities have led her to become a student of urban resilience and creativity on six continents.
For the last decade, Rachel has played a key program and partnership development role in Mmofra Foundation's Playtime in Africa initiative, based in Accra, Ghana. The Initiative champions child-friendly public spaces in Accra and other African cities, with a focus on environmental preservation and inclusive design.
As a fellow for Conscious Accra, Rachel hopes to highlight ideas, exchanges, and urban innovations from the African continent. She looks forward to sparking global conversations through the Centre for Conscious Design.