‘Yarra’ means ever flowing, ‘Yigba’ means ‘place’. This project brings together the communities of Anlo Afiadenyigba in the Volta Region of Ghana, West Africa and the Upper Yarra Valley in Victoria, Australia.
Initiated by Ghanaian master drummer Kofi Kunkpe and Australian community artist Santha Press, the YarraYigba project will use arts and culture as means through which to establish a relationship between Anlo-Afiadenyigba (AA) in Ghana and the Yarra Valley in Victoria, Australia. From this foundation, the project seeks to bring sustainable, grass roots development to the town of AA and its people.

Babashiko is an amazingly talented cultural performance group for young people from the poorest community of AA. They have up to 40 members aged 11 – 26 and a swag of younger children who engage with the group.The first stage of the project raisedĀ funds to buy Babashiko their own set of drums and costumes.

The long term vision isĀ to construct a community cultural centre in the town.

Developing the leadership skills, confidence and awareness of the young people in the community is the foundation on which the project is built.

The long term vision is to bring the skills and resources of the Yarra Valley community, to the community of Anlo-Afiadenyigba. To facilitate culture and skills exchange, and to enrich the lives of everyone who might engage with the project.

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