The Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Dr Mohammed Awal, has announced that his government will be building five multipurpose domes or amphitheatres this year.
He made this statement when he addressed the media on Wednesday, October 19, 2022.
“We are going to build 5 amphitheatres, and domes. One area that we lack in this industry is that we don’t have multipurpose venues for activities. We’re going to 5 this year. In fact, the process has already begun to procure supplies,” he said at the press briefing.
He added, “This year, we do 5 amphitheatres, then we do another 5 next year. So by 2024, we would have all 16 regions to give our artistes venues to perform.”
The minister added that this will help create jobs and opportunities for Ghanaians.
The issue of theatres or performance centres has been of prime concern to creatives in the country, as they keep holding governments accountable on promises to provide such facilities.
Prior to the 2016 elections, the ruling New Patriotic Party promised to build 9 ultra-modern theatres across the former 10 regions in the country.
Later, after the auditorium at the Centre for National Culture in Koforidua got renovated, former Deputy Minister of Tourism, Dr Ziblim Iddi said, the renovation of the performance auditorium was what they meant by saying they were going to build theatres across the region.
He said they were rather going to renovate the regional cultural centres for that purpose.
In the meantime, there have also been calls for the government to renovate the National Theatre into an ultra-modern status.