The forts and castles were collectively designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979.
The board is also involved with the preservation of traditional Asante buildings located northeast of Kumasi; among the last remaining of their kind, they were collectively designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1980.
Ghana’s first Olympic participation was as the Gold Coast at the 1952 Summer Games in Helsinki.
That was also the year the country’s Olympic committee was formed and recognized.
Ghanaian works have attracted world attention in the fields of popular music, painting, sculpture, and film production.
As early as the 1930s, Ghana became known for the dance music called highlife, which combined European dance steps with indigenous rhythms. Important innovations in traditional dance have taken place since the mid-1960s, when the University of Ghana’s Institute of African Studies embarked on the systematic study and organization of indigenous dance forms.
Apart from some pebble tools from high river terraces, the first industry is Late Chellean in the southeast.The most outstanding are the National Cultural Centre, based in Kumasi, and the Arts Council of Ghana, based in Accra, with branches throughout the country.The National Cultural Centre is primarily concerned with the cultural heritage of the Asante, while the Arts Council is concerned with the preservation of indigenous Ghanaian culture in all of its forms and with its development and improvement in light of contemporary local and world trends.The increased national self-consciousness generated in Ghana and in other African countries by the independence movement, however, was instrumental in fostering and popularizing many art forms in the mid- to late 20th century.Specialized craft villages found throughout Ghana continue to engage in traditional ceremonies and to create fine traditional products for wealthy professional Ghanaians and tourists.