TUUMATU was founded and launched by Lucky Lartey (originally from James Town) in 2014 to bring people together across the generations to reinvigorate the learning and playing of childhood games and reconnect them to their history and culture. It was aimed at showcasing the vibrant local talent of the James Town community by collaborating with local independent artists. This Festival is unique to any other that has been hosted in Accra or Ghana before.
The 2014 Festival attracted the attendance of approximately 1500 people from both within and outside the James Town community as well as reaching beyond Ghana’s borders through the Committee’s wide international network channels and YouTube. The Festival included activities such as: Toy-making workshops using traditional techniques with found and recyclable objects encouraging the idea of sustainability; Playing games such as hopscotch; Making and flying kites and playing Oware; and Performances by acrobats, soccer players, bike riders and dancers in the centre of James Town.
Key outcomes from the 2014 Festival included 1) the showcasing of the hand crafted toys and professional photographs being displayed as part of the Cross Cultural Collaborative’s “Ghana Life: A Cultural Reflection” Exhibition in August 2015, held at the Centre for National Culture’s Arts Centre Gallery, Accra; and 2) photo’s and video footage of the Festival being used in this years Sydney and Melbourne Fringe Festivals (Australia) as part of Lucky Lartey’s original dance and percussion show Jamestown! which premiered in Sydney in September 2015.