Chale Wote Street Art Festival

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Chale Wote Street Art Festival
Kid Art.jpg
Kid art at 2013 Chale Wote
LocationAccra, Ghana
WebsiteAccra Dot Alt Chale Wote Pages
Pidgin Imaginarium 2019

The Chale Wote Street Art Festival [1][2] also known as Chale Wote is an alternative platform that brings art, music, dance and performance out into the streets.[3] The festival targets exchanges between scores of local and international artists and patrons by creating and appreciating art together.

People taking pictures and having fun at chalewote festival

Since 2011, CHALE WOTE has included street painting, graffiti murals, photography, theater, spoken word, interactive art installations, live street performances, extreme sports, film shows, a fashion parade, a music block party, recyclable design workshops and much more. It is the first to be organized[4] in Accra, Ghana and has inspired similar events across the country. There have been 6 editions so far; the first two ran for one day each, while the 2013 and 2014 edition ran concurrently for two days, the former in September and the latter in August, a week after the Homowo festival of the Ga people at the historical Jamestown, Ghana on the High Street in Accra. The format switched in 2016 when the festival lasted an entire week, from August 18–21. This switch saw the festival hop from the open street gallery that is Jamestown to other art spaces, such as the Nubuke Foundation, the Museum of Science and Technology as well as film screenings at the Movenpick Ambassador Hotel. The same format will be replicated in the 7th edition, themed, Wata Mata[5] with further immersion into Accra, spreading to areas such as Nima, Osu and more. The event is produced by Accra [dot] Alt Radio,[6] with support from other local cultural networks like Attukwei Art Foundation, Foundation for Contemporary Art Ghana, Dr. Monk, Redd Kat Pictures and the Institut français in Ghana.[citation needed]


List of activities during the street festival.[7][8]

  • Photo Exhibitions
  • Street Painting
  • Graffiti Murals
  • Interactive Installations
  • Street Boxing
  • Movie Screening
  • Procession of Cultures
  • Design Labs
  • Movie Screenings


Year Theme Date Reference
2011 Promote the appreciation of diverse forms of art in Ghana 16 July [4][9]
2012 "Outer-space” exploration 14 April [10]
2013 Re-imagining African folklore by creating exciting and futuristic versions 7–8 September [11]
2014 Death: An Eternal Dream Into Limitless Rebirth 23–24 August [12]
2015 African Electronics 22–23 August [13]
2016 Spirit Robot 18–21 August [14]
2017 Wata Mata 14 - 20 August [15]
2018 Para Other 20-26 August [16]
2021 10 years of existence since its launched (Virtual event) 13-22 August [9]


  1. ^ "Four Word Story: Chale Wote Street Art Festival". Ghana Web. 30 November 2001. Retrieved 8 September 2013.
  2. ^ "Chale Wote Street festival brings street art to James Town". Archived from the original on 20 November 2012. Retrieved 8 September 2013.
  3. ^ Online, Peace FM. "Walking You Through Accra's Beautiful Attractions". - Ghana news. Retrieved 2022-02-01.
  4. ^ a b "Chale Wote brings street art to James Town". Retrieved 8 September 2013.
  5. ^ "CHALE WOTE 2017: CALL FOR ARTISTS". ACCRA[dot]ALT. 4 April 2017. Retrieved 4 August 2017.
  6. ^ "ACCRA [dot] ALT Radio | Live from the Ghana Space Station". Accra [dot] Alt Radio. Retrieved 24 June 2015.
  7. ^ "Independent Art Africa Ghana . Innovative art programming". ACCRA [dot] ALT Radio. Retrieved 2019-10-19.
  8. ^ Online, Peace FM. "Walking You Through Accra's Beautiful Attractions". - Ghana news. Retrieved 2022-02-01.
  9. ^ a b "Two 'Chale Wote' festival organisers; one artist arrested at Jamestown". Citinewsroom - Comprehensive News in Ghana. 2021-08-21. Retrieved 2021-08-22.
  10. ^ "In other worlds with Chale Wote Street Art festival". Archived from the original on 18 June 2012. Retrieved 8 September 2013.
  11. ^ "Chale Wote Street Festival 2013 is here". Archived from the original on 2013-09-08. Retrieved 8 September 2013.
  12. ^ Sefa-Boakye, Jennifer (29 April 2014). "Accra's Chale Wote Street Art Festival Call For Artists". okayafrica. Retrieved 22 August 2014.
  13. ^ Accra[Dot]Alt (8 April 2015). "Accra's Chale Wote Street Art Festival Call For Artists". accradotaltradio. Retrieved 24 June 2015.
  14. ^ "CHALE WOTE 2016: Call for Artists". 10 March 2016.
  15. ^ Adom, Nii Noi. "Sights and Sounds of Chale Wote Festival, Accra". Culture Trip. Retrieved 2019-10-19.
  16. ^ Frank, Alex (30 August 2018). "The Chale Wote Festival In Accra, Ghana, Is A Street Style Paradise". Retrieved 2018-09-01.

[1] MegaMind Concept Gh. / Chalewote Article

External links[edit]

  1. ^ "ChaleWote 2015". 24 August 2015.