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 festival is organized by Accra dot Alt and first took place in July 2011, following a series of discussions about creating DIY [do-it‑yourself] community projects by participants at Accra dot Alt’s Talk Party Series. Partners for the festival include Dr. Monk, AfroGallonism, and the Millennium Cities Initiative – AMA Project Management Unit.
Accra do Alt’s 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 film shows, street boxing, a fashion parade, a music block party, recyclable design workshops and much more.
More than 200 Ghana-based and international artists take part in the event every year.
In 2016, over 30,000 people attended CHALE WOTE.
For more information check out the official press release for Chale Wote 2017 by Accra dot Alt here