I’ve been in Ghana for almost two years now and never been to the Chale Wote Festival. As a Creative, admitting this is quite “sad”, but I intend to rectify my past mistakes by going to the festival this year.
The Chale Wote Street Art Festival is reputed for its art performances right on the street. This year’s edition is tagged African Electronics and will be happening from August 20 – 23.
Here are a few things I’ve been told that make the festival spectacular:
1. Live On the Street
The Jamestown District welcomes everyone to live showcases on the street! For four days various artists and art enthusiasts will take to the streets to display their creativity. The district in itself is significant for its part in the colonial history of the city, Accra. Chale Wote turns the streets into an open gallery, while highlighting the history and culture of the people of this area.
2. All About Alternative Art
Chale Wote is a platform to create a unique interaction between arts, performance, music and fashion before a live audience on the streets. The festival is a cultural outlet that features varying forms of art. The streets of Jamestown offer everyone the opportunity to be “one with art”.
Chale Wote features graffiti murals, interactive installations, street art and performances, fashion parades, street boxing, cultural dance, spoken word and many more creative art forms.
3. Open Runway
If you choose 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. There will also be fashion designers at the festival showcasing their creative designs on the Open Runway.
4. Food Marketplace
Ghanaian Food. Need we say more?
5. Unlimited Fun for Free!
The festival is a proof that the best things in life are free. There is no gate fee to attend.
Apart from the arts, food and music; you can check out other showcases like the extreme sports, skating and motorcycle stunts.
See you soon I hope! If you will be visiting Accra, for the festival, you can book hotels around Jamestown using the 10% discount code CHALEWOTE on Jovago.com.