African descendants gather in Ghana to reflect on what it means to be pan-African, to visit the painful past of slavery’s toll, and to celebrate music and performance.
About This Festival
Take the pilgrimage
The actual physical journey is part and parcel of the intellectual, spiritual, and emotional process visitors make as part of Panafest.
Take in a lecture
Scholars offer insight into the sociological and political implications that the slave trade still hold in the world.
Transcend the experience at a musical or dance performance.
Don’t miss the Grand Durbar of Chiefs
The festival opens with the colorful gathering of tribal leaders in traditional dress.
Visitors should arrive at Kotoka International Airport in Accra, Ghana. The event is a pilgrimage along the Ghana coast. Check Panafest’s official website for details on special discount fares for all participants flying from Washington and Baltimore or New York.
Panafest’s website has several recommended options for lodging while attending the festival, ranging from hostel facilities on the Campus of the University of Cape Coast to hotels in Cape Coast, Elmina, Accra to home stays with Ghanian families. Per the website’s “Travel Info” section: “The Secretariat recommends that each participant contact an official registered PANAFEST Tour Operator or Agent to make arrangements.”