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The ten best things to do in Accra this week

Read on for our guide to the week's coolest events and most interesting venues. If you manage to tick off all ten, head back to our home page for daily updates on the best restaurants, cultural events, nightlife, and whatever else Accra manages to think up before our next Hot List is published on Monday.

The best things to do in Accra this week

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Ghanaian restaurants celebrate French cuisine for Le Goût de France

The Embassy of France in Ghana held a press conference at the Residence of France on Thursday 9th of March 2017 to officially launch the Gout de France/Good France event in Ghana. This year ‘Le Goût de France/ Good France’ event is part of 'France & Ghana 2017' on the occasion of the sixtieth anniversary of the diplomatic relations between France and Ghana.   This year and for the third edition of the worldwide Goût de France / Good France event, 13 restaurants from Accra, Kumasi, Takoradi, Axim and Akosombo will participate and offer a French Dinner on March 21st.   Each chef will offer a “French-style” menu in his restaurant while remaining free to highlight his own culinary traditions and cultures. In each participating restaurant, the event will pay tribute to a vibrant, open and innovative cuisine, while remaining true to its values of sharing, pleasure, and respect for good food and for the planet. This will be a rare opportunity for Ghanaians to discover and enjoy the ‘Taste of France’ here in Ghana.    On this particular date, in 150 countries around the world, restaurants and embassies will offer 2000 dinners to celebrate the French gastronomy, listed by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage, by tempting the public to savour a French dinner.   During the press conference, the Ambassador of France to Ghana, HE François Pujolas briefed about the upcoming 3rd edition of the international ‘Goût de France/ Good France’ event. He recalled that “French gastronomy is r

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By: Daniel Neilson
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Classics in the Park with Kwaw Ansah

Classics in the Park Celebrates Ghana at 60 with Kwaw Ansah Africa Film Society's free outdoor film showcase 'Classics In The Park' will feature legendary Ghanaian Filmmaker, Kwaw Ansah for its 7th Edition.  Slated for March 25th, 6pm at Akola Boni Park in Osu, Nyaniba Estate, the award- winning director Kwaw Ansah will be available for a Q&A after the screening of his 1989 film 'Heritage Africa'. Arguably Ghana’s most accomplished filmmaker, Kwaw Ansah has remained for decades, the face of Ghanaian cinema. His debut film, Love Brewed in Africa Pot (1980), captured the imagination of a young nation with its cynical and often melodramatic take on love and classism.  His second film, Heritage Africa (1989) was even more audacious. Made nine years after the first, the film is a portrayal of identity crisis that plagued African elite before independence, and continues today. Heritage Africa won the grand prize at the 11th Panafrican Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou (FESPACO) in 1989, and Best Film at London Film Festival, 1989. The film stars Kofi Bucknor, David Dontoh and Anima Misa.

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Akola Boni Park Saturday March 25 2017
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Exhibition: Portraits of a City

The inaugural exhibition, Accra: Portraits of a City, will explore the capital city and the birth of modernity, – its mythologies, rituals, social changes and structures, – through architecture, photography, sculpture, public installation, film and writing by six Ghanaian creatives. Works presented will include photographs from Deo Gratias, the oldest photography studio that is still operating in the city. Established in the 19th century, Accra’s history has been documented through photography since its very beginning. Includes work from Felicia Abban and Serge Attukwei Clottey.  Accompanying the exhibition will be a public programme of talks and workshops running at ANO, local schools and universities; and a book and film created by Nana Oforiatta-Ayim.

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Ano Center for Cultural Research Until Saturday April 1 2017
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Francophonie Festival 2017

The Francophone Embassies in Ghana, together with Alliance Française Accra are have organised cultural events to celebrate French language in Ghana. The festival includes concerts, a 10km run, a football tournament, round table discussion on cross-cultural work related issues, literary and painting workshop, French competitions and stand-up comedy. This popular event only gets better with each year, and attracts international artists to perform in Accra, from countries such as Canada, Belgium, Cote D'Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Benin, Togo and more.  The opening concert will feature the talented and much loved Bibie Brew as well as Fafa Rufino from Benin. There is a packed schedule with many events to see and do, here are the most popular:  Sat 11 March: 7am - Run for la Francophonie (North Ridge-Kanda) 7:30pm - Opening ceremony and concert by Bibe Brew (Ghana) and Fafa Rufino (Benin) Sun 12 March: 2pm - Football tournament. Dworzulu — Osu Badu Ave & Nii Noi Kwame St. Fri 17 March:  Morning - Kids show by Gnimdewa Atakpama, French School, East Legon. Sat 18 March: Spelling Bee - Lycée Français (French School).  Mon 20 March:  Held at Alliance Française, 8-11am- Grand finale of French competitions (University Category) 11am- Performances by the French club of Mount Mary College of Education 12pm- Award ceremony  2pm- Round table Discussion - Anglophone/Francophone work-related issues.  Wed 22 March - Fri 24 March: University of Ghana. Colloquium : “Is there a f

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Alliance Française d’Accra , Airport Residential Area Until Sat Mar 25
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James Barnor’s Jamestown Revisited | Photo Exhibition

James Barnor’s Jamestown Revisited as the names indicates, explores through his photography, the narrative on the history of the city of Accra, where he was born and practiced photography.    James Barnor’s work freezes in time the nostalgia and the spirit of Accra in a way that allows one to reimagine what Accra could be...a city with great potential.   Some of the key questions that this exhibition explores, are the social backgrounds of the archived families who are captured in the photos. Other key areas include their eco-nomic class, educational attainment /achievement, their links with the diaspora, the reasons for the pictures that were taken.   For the first time the people represented will be able to see positive images of themselves in their forebearers. These images show a gone by time of enlightenment and a progressive attitude to life in these parts that is lost on the present inhabitants (partly caused by unemployment, low self esteem, lack of education and all the other impediments to human development.)   The exhibition therefore aims to serve as a mirror of a past that can be used as a spur to the potential development of the future.

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Usher Fort , Accra Until Friday May 5 2017
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First viewing: Gallery 1957's Rituals of Becoming

A new and provocative art exhibition has opened in Gallery1957 in Accra. Titled Rituals of Becoming, the Ghanaian-Togolese artist Va-Bene Elikem Fiatsi, who works under the pseudonym crazinisT artisT, mixes live performances, video projections, and displayed items. 

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By: Daniel Neilson
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Weekend events at Coco Lounge

There's always something going on at Coco Lounge every weekend.  This weekend there is:  THURSDAY: Don Julio Night FRIDAY: Hot Coco Night with DJs on the decks from 9pm SATURDAY: Prosecco Night 

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Coco Lounge , Accra Until Sunday May 7 2017
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Music at +233 Jazz Bar & Grill

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Don't miss the music roster at +233, probably the city's best live music venue. The food – burgers, hotdogs, chicken, chips, kebabs and pork chops – is mostly off the grill. The music varies between highlife, blues, jazz (although rarely hip hop) and anything else good.

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On New Year's Day 1957, Ghana officially became independent after years of rule by the British, Dutch and Portuguese. In the half-century since, Ghana has become known as the Black Star of Africa – a shining example of a stable and secure post-colonial African country. And nowhere is this more evident than in its vibrant capital. Below is Time Out's celebration of the city, and the country, as we bring you the 75 best things to do in Accra and beyond...

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