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Accra to the World! Watch the Highlights of #ChaleWote2017 Street Art Festival | Ghana Web TV



The seventh edition of the mega street art festival Chale Wote held recently with over 30 artists from Ghana, South Africa, Zambia, Nigeria, U.S.A, Lesotho, France, Australia, Kenya, Canada, Kenya, Poland, Argentina, UK, Germany, and Brazil.

Chale Wote Art Festival is a platform that brings art, music, dance, and performance out into the streets of Ghana. It targets exchanges between scores of local and international artists and patrons by creating and appreciating art together.

Over the last six years, Chale Wote meaning Man Lets Go!  has encouraged the development of an independent creative and arts economy in Accra.

The festival has grown, both in capacity and reputation. In 2016, over 30,000 people attended and this year saw almost twice that size. It has now become one of Accra’s most exciting and popular annual events, attracting a lot of tourists and international audience from all around the world.

The theme this year was Wata Mata, West African pidgin for “Water Matter“, and the festival which held from 14th to 20th of August was marked by spectacular live performances, exhibitions, film screenings, workshop labs, artists talks, mixers, live art performances and lots more all held at various beautiful locations in Accra.

All roads led to Chale Wote through the week, the sounds of native drums and gunshots to ward off evil spirits, its significance is related to the Homowo festival celebrated by the Ga people drew the crowds closer.

The street carnival started on the first-day in James Town, Accra with a passionate parading of colorful and lively artistic performances over the last four years has been widely patronized by a lot of people.

The event was widely recognized because once again it shed a positive light on the continent, attracting foreign investors and tourists.

It was a great time for local businesses to also get a boost in sales and promote locally made arts and crafts.

The festivities consisted of the following:

  • The Open Gallery

The open gallery was a vibrant exhibition of street art to showcase the diverse splendor of African art, film, and performances. It was filled with giant graffiti artworks which welcomed observers into the aesthetically appealing environment. Some of the talents who made appearances to show their skills include Nigerian graffiti artist Osa Seven, Australian artist Jacqui Lewis, graffiti artist MohawuduYussif Sangbe, Eric Gyamfi, Ehalakasa, Kwameboafo, The African Body Snatchers among others.

  • Rich Cultural displays

The unimaginable exhibition of culture was not be missed.  The festival is clearly aimed at conserving tradition and culture, which may be on the verge of extinction in the face of rising modernity. Food, traditional practices, and historic displays were one of the great highlights of the 7-d

  • Edgy Streetstyle

Aside from the beautiful art all around, the energetic street style is another important part of the festival. Body art and face painting, the usual feature of festivals also came with eclectic styles and Afrocentric fashion.

Chalewote 2017 was a great fusion of ideas, technologies, and practices in African liberation while connecting global diasporas.

Ghana web TV did a wonderful coverage of all the fun at Chalewote 2017


The Opening Highlights

Death defying Koku performers bathe with boiling oil

Group displays acrobatic prowess at Chale Wote

Artists display colourful paintings along streets of James Town

Impressive freestyle football juggling skills

Details of the African Snatcher performance

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  1. Aunty Pempe

    August 25, 2017 at 6:03 am

    Wow! Interesting…not pretentious. Just raw art.

  2. Aunty Pempe

    August 25, 2017 at 6:05 am

    *And fun

  3. John

    August 25, 2017 at 7:15 am


  4. Purple

    August 25, 2017 at 8:16 am

    Okay I know this is art and its breathtaking, but am I the only one who noticed that photo with all the fine ass black men?!!!

  5. 9ikkie_yo!

    August 25, 2017 at 10:56 am

    hot dripping chocolate…. mi likey. everything here is authentically african. why people bleach, i still dnt get.

  6. Ephi

    August 25, 2017 at 11:36 am

    Beautiful. Simply beautiful. So refreshing looking through the pictures, vibrant colours, beautiful African skin and of course, the good looking masculine men :p

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