The organisers of the acclaimed annual CHALE WOTE street art festival have urged Ghanaians to embrace the arts and openly support the nation’s young artistes in their quest to stage the best art production the world has witnessed.
Since its inception in 2011, CHALE WOTE has included street painting, graffiti murals, photography, theater, spoken word, interactive art installations, live street performances, extreme sports, film shows, fashion parades, a music block party, recyclable design workshops and much more.
Mantse Aryeequaye, who leads the team of organisers putting together the event, said he is happy they have been able to start a revolution although it is taking some time for people to fully appreciate the work of artistes.
“You see, Ghanaians do not cherish the arts. There is a lot we can enjoy with the arts and if we really allow ourselves as art loving people to enjoy what CHALE WOTE has got to offer, we will be a lot less stressed up as a people,” Mantse told Citi FM host Bernard Avle.
The 2015 event
Life on the street
Jamestown district in Accra welcomes everyone to live right on the streets where the showcase will be taking place. For four days, various artists and art enthusiasts will take to the streets to display their creativity and break new grounds.
The district in itself is significant for its part in the colonial history of the city. Chale Wote brilliantly turns the streets to an open gallery while highlighting the history and culture of the people of this area.
All about alternative art
Chale Wote is designed as a platform to create a unique interaction between arts, performance, music and fashion before a live audience on the streets. The festival is a properly baked cultural outlet that features varying forms of art. This is one of such events that give you that genuine art experience – you just want to reach out and touch it.
The streets of Jamestown, Accra come alive to offer everyone around the opportunity to be one with art. Chale Wote features graffiti murals, interactive installations, street art and performances, fashion parade, street boxing, cultural dance, spoken word and many more creative art forms. It is incredible the efforts put in by the various artists to deliver such highly artistic experience.
Feel free to make a fashion statement when you attend the festival; you will be in good company. The street fashion game is top notch at the festival. Also, there will be fashion designers at the festival showcasing their creative designs on the Open Runway.
In the legendary words/lyrics of the Nigerian superstar, Wizkid “Shey you go chop Banku?” The delicacy has crossed the border and now sits comfortably in a top Nigerian song. If your answer to Wizkid is a definite yes, there is no better time to try Banku and other delicacies in Accra than in the festive mood.
Unlimited Fun for Free!
The festival is a proof that the best things in life don’t necessarily need to cost you a dime. There is no gate fee whatsoever. All you have to do is be on the streets of Jamestown, Accra to experience the amazing showcase that will be taking place.
Apart from the arts and music, you can check out other features like the fascinating extreme sports, skating and motorcycle stunts. By now you already know the festival is a complete package. The fun is unlimited.
This year’s edition is tagged the African Electronics and will be happening from August 20 – 23.