The Language We Speak, Ghana 2017

Over six days, Pop Up Africa together with Sweet Roots Media took over the British Council Ghana’s  Skills Hub & Innovation Centre, transforming it into a collaborative workspace. The workspace was curated for young creatives and makers from Ghana and the UK to connect, share ideas and create content.  In line with the objectives of the project as outlined by the British Council, the programme of activities ultimately celebrated 60 years of Ghanaian independence whilst exploring identity through different art forms. Pop Up Africa and Sweet Roots Media set out to explore how young Ghanaians and young people from the UK use art and technology to connect, share and tell their story. Story telling is an ancient practice used to document important lessons and historic events, it’s a way of sharing culture. This project was curated to explore how story telling has evolved, it enabled participants to share their stories in creative ways.


As part of the project a creative exchange took place where young people from the UK were selected to travel to Ghana to take part in the programme. The programme included;

An opening party with key note speeches by Alan Rutt, Country Director for The British council Ghana and Hon. Catherine Afeku, Minister of Tourism, Arts & Culture. A pop-up bar by Ghana’s infamous TeaBaah and performances by Susan August and Vitus Zulee.

The Language We Speak’ Photo & Film Gallery, including photos and video clips of Ghana from the point of independence to present day.  

A smart phone filming & editing workshop led by Mutombo, documentary photographer, videographer, poet & founder of Compound House.

The Art of Creative Cooking in partnership with Essence 13. A live cooking demo and Q&A with a leading local chefs, Midunu and Biishville.

The New African Story Tellers, panel discussion, exploring how we use Art & Digital Media to get our voice heard. x6 panellists to included digital influencers, artists, photographers and film makers who use the arts and digital media to share ‘their’ Ghana and get their voice heard on social & political issues, how social media and the arts are giving young Ghanaian creatives a voice.

Personal Branding & Online Presence Workshop with Priscilla Baffour, diversity in Media specialist, mentor and career development trainer.

An Outdoor movie night under the stars included a short film screening followed by a panel discussion based on the film industry in Ghana and the diaspora.

The ‘Ghana to the World’ Workshop and discussion on Ghanaian brands for the international market. Exploring building winning partnerships, testing new markets, opportunities, currency & technology, In partnership with Accra Mall.

A Creative Hustle workshop in partnership with Circumspecte Choral Music Workshop & Crowd Choir in partnership with Gramophone Ghana.

A Print & Textiles Workshop by Onome Otiete

A Makers Market.

A big thanks to The British Council Ghana for selecting Pop Up Africa to deliver and curate such an epic project, thanks to all our contributors and project partners, participants and those that attended over the 6 days.

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