So if you are like me, you love, eat and breath art. There are many things that contribute to the definition of art. Music, film, painting, fashion, folklore, books. Art is an endless range of different ideas and expressions.
As an art lover, I am constantly looking for avenues to feed my curiosity and “for want of a better word”, hunger. My favorite time of the year is in August where I get to experience all kinds of art and culture at the Chale wote festival in Jamestown, Accra.
The Chale wote Festival
The CHALE WOTE Street Art Festival is an alternative platform that brings art, music, dance and performance out into the streets.
It gives artists the platform to showcase their paintings, sculptures, photographs, films, fashion, mixed media, comedy, culinary arts, music, and dance.
The purpose of the festival is to promote the exhibition of alternative art in Ghana and to nurture an appreciation for different kinds of art among Ghanaians.
What it all Means
CHALE WOTE means “Man, let’s go!” or is a reference to slippers worn on the feet. Each of us comes from different walks of life but we all have something valuable to contribute.
This festival is completely “Do-It-Yourself” with the talented energies of many people needed to make it happen.
We are encouraged by this collectivity and use CHALE WOTE as a way to mobilize an excitement for public, alternative art, especially among young Ghanaians. In the spirit of camaraderie, creativity and fun, CHALE WOTE is an accessible term used by Ghanaians regardless of language.
My first ever experience of the Chale Wote festival was in 2018. I had heard a lot about it and I highly anticipated it.
It was one of the greatest experiences of my life. Being there in the midst of all the art, music, food and culture was so amazing. I got to experience first hand painting from some very talented artists. I got to see some very beautiful scenes of the sea and other tourist attractions in Jamestown.
2019 is definitely going to be bigger and better and I will be there to share it with all my amazing readers.
The event is produced by Accra [dot] Alt Radio, with support from other local cultural networks like Attukwei Art Foundation, Foundation for Contemporary Art Ghana, Dr. Monk, Redd Kat Pictures and the Institut français in Ghana.
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