In August there’s one event that stands out and folks are looking forward to eagerly, Chale Wote 2016! It’s one that has grown over the years and seen so much interest from the public. I remember my first Chale Wote in 2012, there weren’t as much people as last years. It’s grown so much, it has moved from a days event to a week and has the street full of people.
Chale Wote Street Arts Festival is a FREE contemporary on the street arts festival organized by Accra Dot Alt. There are various activities ranging from Music(any type you can think of), Art(various forms), Poetry, Spoken Word, Dance, Weird Installations(some I never get the concept but hey weird is good sometimes for the fun?), Graffiti murals, Roller skating, Bike stunts and other performances.
These events take place concurrently at Jamestown, Accra. It spans various venue centers on the stretch of the John Evans Atta Mills High Street from the Ga Mashie Development Agency building, through the lighthouse, the Otublohum square to the Ussher fort.
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Over the week there’ll be different activities; Talk series, Film screening, Showcasing of Installations. With the grand event taking place on Saturday and if you miss out then Sunday. You’ll discover creativity in forms you wouldn’t imagine. Also all of this happens as the local residents staying in Jamestown, British Accra live their day to day lives. So it’ll be normal if you see a gathering, join them, only to realize 5 minutes later, it’s someone’s outdooring or engagement ceremony. Don’t worry just laugh it off and move on.
Chale Wote Street Arts Festivals brings together people with love for the various arts and in a contemporary way. There’s always something that’ll get your attention and trust me it’ll be worth it. There’ll be pop up of stores with various artifacts, clothing, clothing accessories, etc. for sale.
So what do you do when heading out there?
•Make Sure you have enough storage on your phone or memory card for pictures and videos.
•Carry some cash. It’ll come in handy when you see stuff you like (of which there’ll be lot’s).
•Charge your Battery fully before heading out and get a Power Bank.
•Download the event program so you can know what’s happening where and at what time.
The CHALE WOTE Street Art Festival is an alternative platform that brings art, music, dance and performance out into the streets. The community-based festival takes place in James Town – Accra’s most historic community – and targets exchanges between scores of Ghana-based and international artists and patrons by creating and appreciating art together. Since 2011, CHALE WOTE has included graffiti murals, photography, theater, spoken word, interactive art installations, live street performances, panels, tours, extreme sports, a film festival, a fashion parade, food and design markets.
Have you been to a previous Chale Wote event? How did it go? Any tips to share? Plan to be there and don’t miss it this year too wai.