NO FILM VILLAGE! Cultural Village To Be Constructed In Eastern Region
The Government of Ghana will no longer construct a film village in the Eastern Region of Ghana as initially announced in the 2019 budget.
This was made known by Honourable Barbara Oteng Gyasi, Minister of Tourism, Culture & Arts at a recent stakeholder engagement in the Ashanti Regional capital, Kumasi.
As filed by Ghana’s Hub For Pop Culture & Urban Entertainment – www.nydjlive.com, the Minister in the presence of her vice Dr Ziblim Iddi, members of the Creative Arts Council and the Film Producers Association of Ghana (FIPAG) explained the reason for the change in plans.
According to her, the government had to rescind its decision of building a film village in the Eastern Region taking into consideration the several calls on why it was more prudent for the film village to be situated in the Ashanti Region and after talks with interested investors.
“We had conversations with interested investors from South Africa. Upon visitation, we realized they had something called a cultural village which had prototypes of all the various tribes of South Africa and how their traditional buildings looked like. A tour of that village then exposed one to the history of all the tribes of South Africa and we thought it was very interesting and they were also interested in helping us establish one in Ghana so we decided to build the Cultural Village in Eastern Region and Film Village in Ashanti Region,” Honourable Barbara Oteng Gyasi said.
The Minister of Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta had in the 2019 budget revealed the government had “secured, with the support of the traditional authorities, 200 acres at Bunso Junction for the construction of an international “movie village” for the Ghana film industry”
The statement did not sit well with industry players in the Ashanti Region who petitioned the government to consider building a film village in the region instead.