Chale Wote 2015: Call to Artists




The 5th Annual CHALE WOTE Street Art Festival

August 22 -23, 2015

James Town

Accra, Ghana

DEADLINE:  Friday, May 8, 2015

Open Call for Submissions

ACCRA [dot] ALT, REDD KAT Pictures, the Foundation for Contemporary Art, Ghana, Attukwei Art Foundation, Dr. Monk and No Limit Charity Foundation have begun preparation for the Fifth Annual CHALE WOTE Street Art Festival 2015 which will be held on Saturday, August 22nd + Sunday, August 23rd.

CHALE WOTE Brief Description

The CHALE WOTE Street Art Festival is an alternative platform that brings art, music, dance and performance out into the streets. The festival targets exchanges between scores of local and international artists and patrons by creating and appreciating art together.

Since 2011, CHALE WOTE has included street painting, graffiti murals, photography, theater, spoken word, interactive art installations, live street performances, extreme sports, film shows, a fashion parade, a music block party, recyclable design workshops and much more.

The 2015 Festival Abstract

This year, CHALE WOTE is tapping into a super power grid.

Over the last 50 years, Ghana has been caught in a web of instability. Despite “Independence,” the country has not been able to create autonomy for the state or its citizens. If we are unable to think ourselves out of this state of hyper debt and powerlessness, we will one day become permanently crippled, or worse, extinct. We have now reached a point that requires the impossible.

Ghana is filled with an abundance of natural resources, including an ever-present beaming sun. So how can we, as people, tap into the natural, human and man-made resources surrounding us? How can we imagine and create more fulfilling lives?

These questions shape the theme of this year’s CHALE WOTE. In 2015, we meditate into action on the term, African Electronics.

African Electronics is a popular term describing indigenous esoteric knowledge that Ghanaians use to create the impossible. It is the grand manifestation of our most powerful creative ability as a people, the cryogenic refrigerant that has kept our technologies alive across time. It is a way out – a secret pathway to possibilities unseen before. Through this portal, we document histories of triumph, innovation and encounters with the unimaginable. It is the magic wand that creates what we want at will and transports us wherever we want to go. African Electronics is timelessly regenerating the next wave of transformative energy.

Here are no more borders, no need for passports and aircrafts. New frequencies are recreating Ghana, Africa, and the world, through a tunnel traveling from the past through the future. With African Electronics, we look at how race, culture, art and technology merge to create a different kind of world that is inclusive, diverse, electric, and on the move.

How do we imagine a world where we are technology and in full control of our systems and data – our histories, realities, and dreams?

CHALE WOTE 2015 will be another exercise in cooperation, fantasy, action and art. Come join us as we transit through the door of African Electronics to see what’s on the other side.

This call is open to artists in Ghana and worldwide.

Check the link for full information about the CHALE WOTE 2015 call.