2017 marks 60 years since the nation of Ghana gained Independence. The British Council is celebrating this with a series of arts and creative economy events culminating in a six-day pop up entitled The Language We Speak

From 27 November to 2 December 2017, British Council Ghana’s Accra Innovation Centre will become a hive of creative activity, transforming into a temporary space bringing together artists, creatives, designers, policy makers, technologists, ‘hackers’ and makers from Ghana and the UK to connect and collaborate. Featuring film, interactive installations, free workshops, panel discussions, a maker’s market, awards and networking, participants and visitors alike will have the opportunity to share ideas and create new partnerships.

Led and curated by Sweet Roots Media (Ghana) and Pop Up Africa (UK), the event is a collaborative effort that explores the expression of identity and storytelling through digital and creative mediums. The project plays a key role in the British Council’s West Africa Arts programme; which seeks to provide ongoing support for young creatives between the ages of 18 and 35.


Activities include: 

‘My Ghana’ Gallery

A visually immersive experience of Ghana through the eyes of UK and Ghana based artists and photographers.

'The New African Story Tellers'

Panel discussion, exploring the power of social media in telling the young African story, its changing narratives and the power it has to connect with those in the diaspora. 

The Exchange Challenge

An ‘Apprentice-style’ short project featuring young creatives from Ghana and the UK working together to develop a new and exciting Ghanaian product or brand suitable for an international market.  The challenge culminates in a presentation of ideas to a special panel on the last day of the event.



The Ghana @60 Wish Wall

The wall invites visitors to participate in co-creating this visual installation by spraying, painting, sticking or writing their wishes and aspirations for Ghana in the next 60 years to come.

A Seat at the Table

A dining space art installation that reflects the communal culture of Ghanaians. By Maku Azu.


Led by specially selected facilitators, the workshops offer insight and practical advice on using the creative tools within our reach to tell stories with topics such as personal branding & online profiling and reaching an international market.



Makers Market

With strong emphasis on hand made crafts made in Ghana, this will be an opportunity to purchase carefully crafted unique finds on the final day of the pop-up event.

Register here if you want to sell and showcase your goods.

'Makers Market'- If you are a local market vendor and want to showcase and sell your creations(clothing, accessories, arts & craft, beauty, skin & hair, literature, music, food & drink) on the last day of the event, register here  


For more information on getting involved, please email: info@popupafrica.com 

Pop Up Africa

Sweet Roots Media