July 14, 2011
About the author : Edward is one of Africa’s young software entrepreneurs. He is a co-founder of an Internet start-up in Ghana and loves poetry.
CHALE WOTE is an accessible term used by Ghanaians regardless of language, it means “Man, let’s go!” or is a reference to slippers worn on the feet. The Chale Wote Street Art Festival is the collective effort of many young people; artists, musicians, writers, bloggers, designers, students and activists—who will work together to produce Accra’s first annual street art festival. On Saturday 16th July, this one-day festival will take place in the working-class Ga community of Jamestown and will include street painting and stencil work, sidewalkpainting and chalk art, graffiti murals, large photography displays, live musicperformances, spoken word and dramatic storytelling, cultural dance anddrumming, youth art workshops and much more.
The event is expected to attract more than 2,000 patrons . Individuals expected to attend this festival includes art lovers,students, artists and musicians, tourists, bloggers, Jamestown residents, and everydaypeople throughout the greater Accra region.
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. 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.