Takoradi Fancy dress Festival is an annual festival which displays cultural masquerades in grand style. It seeks to portray the cultural heritage of the area to the world. Fancy Dress Festival is held on the 25th December to the 1st of January every year.
It is a competition between many groups of masqueraders. To partake in 2020 Fancy dress festival, contact us for reservations now!
The Fancy Dress Festival (known locally as Kakamotobi) is a masquerade festival held on Christmas to the first day of January every year by the people of Takoradi in the Western region of Ghana. It is a colourful festival that features brass band music. Dutch and British traders began the tradition of the festival in the 19th century. Wearing assorted masks, they danced and drank in white-owned bars celebrating Christmas. Janka Abraham, who hailed from Saltpond, also in the Central region, and worked as a bar attendant at one of these bars, thought of incorporating the masquerade tradition and festival into local custom. He founded the troop known as Nobles with his friend, pharmacist A. K. Yamoah, in the Alata Kokwado neighbourhood around 1923 or 1924. People who belonged to A. K. Yamoah’s football club and indoor games groups joined. Membership required the ability to speak the English language