The annual street arts festival that brings art, music, dance and performance out into the streets commences tomorrow, Friday, 14th August, 2020.
Chalewote Street Arts Festival was officially launched in 2010. This year commemorates ten years of successfully hosting the art festival on the streets of Jamestown in Accra.
Activities for the celebration are scheduled to take place from Friday, 14th August to Sunday, 23rd August, 2020.
The theme for this year’s edition of Chalewote Street Art Festival is “Counter State Mythology”
Meaning of theme
The Ga-Dangme on the southern coast of Ghana have a saying; Nɔni bɛ gbɛi lɛ ,eyɛ nshɔ sɛɛ, loosely translated as “The things that do not have names live beyond the sea”.
Within this thought lies an acknowledgment of realities unknown, beyond the boundaries of the sea. Within Ga philosophical thought, the ocean is the boundary that separates our perception of reality from the mysteries of things we do not have names for, or things yet to be learned and lived.
Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, organizers of the Chale Wote festival had to adjust its programming to suit the precautionary guidelines to help stop the spread of the virus.
Therefore, publications in June made it known that the 10th edition of the street arts festival would be semi-virtual with changes made to social activities.
“Selected programming will stream on all of their festival platforms for August 2020. There is other high capacity CHALE WOTE events planned for later dates in the year.Covid19 has limited our ability to fully produce the festival in our usual capacity especially in the event of our 10th edition”
Organizers disclosed that the 2020 edition of Chale Wote would be a prelude to major celebration of their 10 year anniversary in the next year.
“Therefore Chale Wote 2020 would be the welcoming party for the 10th Edition to allow us combine the celebration of both our 10th edition and our 10 year anniversary for Chale Wote 2021.”
On 26th August, 2018, the 8th Edition of the Streets Arts Festival was graced by the presence of His Excellency President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. He visited the Brazil House and other exhibition centers at the festival.
Artist to showcase their craft
Association of Unknown Shores (AOUS), Charity Derby Akeiti, Adu Lalouschek & @alex.wondergem, Raphael “Afutumix” Adjetey Adjei Mayne, Sarah Owusu-Ansah, Kamal Larry, Nana Yaw Ananse, Jerron Nii Amu Botchway @jayniceworldwide among others.
About Chale Wote
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 Redd Kat Pictures, Dandano, Mumble, Chaka Orleans Heritage and GA mashie Development Agency.
Their 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 Cinema pavilion, street boxing, a fashion parade, a music block party, design labs and much more.
More than 200 Ghana-based and international artists take part in the event every year.
In 2018, over 100,000 people attended CHALE WOTE.
Story by: Nana Abena Grant | universnewsroom.com