In just a couple of weeks, we will celebrate the fifth anniversary of the CHALE WOTE Street Art Festival. The sixth edition of the festival takes place August 15 – 21, 2016, with the participation of more than 200 Ghana-based artists and international artists from ten (10) countries.
SPIRIT ROBOT, the theme for this year’s festival, embraces a power rooted in humanity. It refers to the energetic ability of festival participants to create a new encounter with reality that is entirely of our choosing and construction.
Is this not already happening all around us, as a journey – not a definitive moment – but rather a series of moments? African Electronics was the spark – the blending of different energies to see if a pulse, a thick and palpable current, could be directed to shift or alter the frequency into some other kind of reality. With African Electronics, we got a peep through the window – SPIRIT ROBOT is a walk through the front door and a look around the house.
Each participant in CHALE WOTE is building their own version of understanding about how life in Ghana and the world should be.
Stretching these projects together into a meta-network is an act of deep engagement with community, and an exercise in countering historical forms of hierarchy, exclusion, fracture and disharmony.
Through the construction of these myriad projects, we build bridges of understanding and possibility between us, connecting our visions of reality with one another for affirmation, encouragement, support, questions, and the challenge to dig deeper.
CHALE WOTE 2016 is produced by ACCRA [dot] ALT in association with annual collaborators, REDD Kat Pictures, the Foundation for Contemporary Art Ghana (FCA), Attukwei Art Foundation and Dr. Monk.
Our Partners for CHALE WOTE 2016 include the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Gallery 1957, Citi FM, Untamed Empire, Ga Mashie Development Agency (GAMADA) Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, Twist n Locs Salon, and the Visual Arts Network of South Africa (VANSA).
Download the official press release HERE.