The CHALE WOTE Street Art Festival is an alternative platform
that brings art, music, dance and performance out of the galleries
and onto the streets of James Town, Accra.
The first festival took place in July 2011, following a series of discussions about creating
DIY [do-it‑yourself] community projects by participants at our Talk Party Series. Our partners
for the festival include Dr. Monk, AfroGallonism, the Foundation for Contemporary Art Ghana (FCA),
the Millennium Cities Initiative – AMA Project Management Unit, and No Limit Charity Foundation.
Our vision is 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. The CHALE WOTE Street Art Festival challenges
both artists and community-based audiences to connect through art.
The festival includes street painting, graffiti murals, photo exhibitions, interactive installations,
a food and fashion marketplace, live street performances, extreme sports, African film shows, street boxing,
a fashion parade, a music block party, recyclable design workshops and much more.
More than 200 Ghana-based and international artists take part in the event. The festival is held
on a ten-minute walking route along High Street between the Ga Mashie Development Agency
(GAMADA, three buildings up from the Lighthouse) and the old Kings Way building (next to Ussher Fort).