CHALE WOTE Street art festival, 2014, August 23rd-24th, James Town, Accra

The fourth annual Chale Wote Street Art festival takes off this Saturday the 23rd of August and Sunday 24th of August in James Town, Accra. Only one of its kind in West Africa, the free event is an alternative platform that brings art, music, dance and performance out of the galleries and onto the streets of James Town, Accra over a period of two days.

The event is organized by ACCRA [dot] ALT in association with REDD KAT Pictures, Foundation for Contemporary Art Ghana, Dr. Monk, Attukwei Art Foundation and No Limit Charity.

The first of its kind took place in 2011 and has since grown in popularity featuring artist from all over the world. Last year’s edition received over 10,000 visitors and for this year over 12,500 visitors are expected to attend.  With a vision to cultivate a wider audience for the arts in West Africa by breaking creative boundaries and using art as a viable form to rejuvenate public spaces, it challenges both artists and community-­based audiences to connect through art. It includes street painting, graffiti murals, photo exhibitions, interactive installations, a food marketplace, live street performances, extreme sports, African film shows, a fashion parade, a music block party, recyclable design workshops and much more.

Key activities at CHALE WOTE

•More than 200 artists take part in the two-day festival. International artists will feature their work at CHALE WOTE 2014. Over twenty Ghanaian visual artists will erect cutting edge exhibitions of their work.

• Two-day film festival, photography and digital art installation • Live music at the High Life Café, DJ Masquerade Jam block party [Sat. finale] and beach concert [Sun. finale] • Street boxing exhibit [Sun.] and street performances along High Street

• Interactive procession by the Takoradi Masquerade [Sat.] • The Accra Cookout – an international food court with over 30 vendors

• The Fashion Marketplace – fashion vendors, street fashion show, a craft village [to upcycle used fashion and accessories] and street style photo corner • Historical walking tour of James Town.

Partner organizations include The French Embassy au Ghana, Accra Metropolitan Assembly, The Millennium Cities
Initiative [GAMADA], Acrilex, YoYo Tinz, Citi FM, and Radio XYZ.

Watch out for  MESH Labs public space design and street furniture installations from re-purposed car tyres, a collaboration between MESH founder, Hassan Salih, an architect and urban designer, and Victoria Okoye as well as Joseph Ayitio, both urban planners. MESH TV will be there to capture highlights of the excitement. See you there!

Check out this awesome video recap from last year’s edition.

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