After two successful editions, Nubuke Foundation’s Centre for Clay & Textiles will bring on the Woori Festival again from March 3 to March 5, 2023 in Wa.
The festival which celebrates the wealth and worth of the weaving traditions in the Upper West Region of Ghana, will be the climax of workshops, collaborations and activations that have taken place over the last year in communities and schools in Nadowli, Wa and Nandom.
The usual accompanying art exhibition, which is the only platform that effectively showcases the practice of fibre and textile artists in Ghana, will open on March 3 and continue until June 2023.
The opening exhibition will feature works by textile and fibre artists practicing in Ghana. They include Alice Raymond, Fatric Bewong, Frederick Bamfo, Isaac Gyamfi, Kate Wand and Nii Nortey Dowouna.
The three-day festival also draws attention to the admirable skills of students in the Schools of the Deaf and Blind in Wa, whose cloth and furniture creations will be on display.
Odile Tevie is Director of the Nubuke Foundation
“We welcome all creative individuals who wish to make a lasting impact on the lives of these students to join us to build the community of friends of their schools,” said Nubuke Foundation’s Director, Madam Odile Tevie.
The Woori Festival will connect weavers and end-users such as designers, interior decorators, visitors and the general public. With workshops taking place throughout the year, visitors will see the resultant products created by participants with support from experts and professionals.
Through live and hands-on workshops, artist performances, music, lively forums and weaving demonstrations, Woori Festival attendees are sure to be immersed in the sounds, sights, tastes and textures of Wa.
Nubuke Foundation is a private visual art and cultural institution based in Accra, Ghana. Founded in 2006, serving as a connection for arts and culture across the country while, supporting the artistic practice of young, mid-career and experienced Ghanaians.
It operates in collaboration with a variety of organisations such as the European Union, Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States( OACPS) Secretariat, the ACP-EU Culture Program (West Africa) AWA, the Centre Culturel Kore and Institut Francais.
Initiatives realised with the support of the various organisations which Nubuke hopes will help stimulate economic transformation within the Upper West Region will be launched at the Woori Festival.
The initiatives include an interactive map of the weaving stations in Wa, Nadowli and Nandom, a residency programme for creatives and researchers, upcoming training programmes for weavers and a new website dedicated to the Centre for Clay & Textiles.