Masquerading Festival

Genre : Festival
Principal country concerned : Column : Dance, History/society

It started around the 1920's and is celebrated on the 1st of January every year and draws large crowds from all over.

There are four fancy-dressing groups who participate in the festival competition, wearing masks and accompanied by brass band music. The festival begins in the morning of New Year Day with street dancing and is open to all the performing groups who parade through the principal streets of Winneba.

The groups converge at the Advanced Teacher Training College Park where the competition takes the form of a march past and three different dances (Highlife/Blues) performed by the groups.

A team of judges award marks and at the end of the day the most versatile group is crowned the winner.


  • Arterial network
  • Media, Sports and Entertainment Group (MSE)
  • Gens de la Caraïbe
  • Groupe 30 Afrique
  • Alliance Française VANUATU
  • Zimbabwe : Culture Fund Of Zimbabwe Trust
  • RDC : Groupe TACCEMS
  • Rwanda : Positive Production
  • Togo : Kadam Kadam
  • Niger : ONG Culture Art Humanité
  • Collectif 2004 Images
  • Africultures Burkina-Faso
  • Bénincultures / Editions Plurielles
  • Africiné
  • Afrilivres

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