Mind blowing pictures from 2018 'Chale Wote' festival

By Michael Klugey
Chale Wote

The 8th annual "Chale Wote" street festival of art took place here at James Town in Accra from August 20 - 26 in a colourful and memorable event. 

It is the collective effort of many young people- ranging from artists, musicians, filmmakers, writers to designers, students and activists. It drew an average of over two thousand art lovers to the streets of James Town each year and this years festival was nothing different but very lovely.

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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.

'Chale Wote' is a Ga word, meaning, “My Friend Let's go!" which has been 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 complete “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.

Check out some mind-blowing pictures from the 2018 Chale Wote festival:

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