10 Things to Know about the Chale Wote Festival 2018

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The 2019 edition of Chale Wote is happening on August 20 – August 31, 2019




The Chale Wote Festival is a Street Art Festival that brings together art, music, design, dance and drama performance right into the streets of Ghana. The festival which happens in the historic Jamestown, Accra serves as a sort of art and cultural exchange opportunity for Ghana and International based artistes who use the opportunity to exhibit their art and get more exposure.

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For fans, tourists and travelers, it is an amazing time of immersion into the creative minds of the artistes and the culture of the Ghanaian people which is often so evident in the arts, performance and designs showcased at the festival.

In its 8 year, the Chale Wote festival is one that cultural enthusiasts around the world look forward to.

Here are the top 10 things to know about the festival as it begins today.

1. The theme for the 2018 edition of Chale Wote Festival is called “Para-Other”. A statement from the organisers reads in part thus: “‘Para-Other’ represents our evolution beyond the dialectic of belonging and non-belonging. It is a rejection of citizenship that has no place for the advancement of radical imagination, new perspectives of the self and human agency… It is a philosophy born out of historically determined necessity to flourish beyond a world of alienation… Para-Other requires new knowledge fractals, codes, symbols, and sounds that transmit our core creative intent where imperial languages fail us…”

2. Venues of the festival during the weekdays are Brazil House. Day 1-Aug 20; Folkspace, National Theatre. Day 2 & 3-Aug 21-22; and Kukum, Osu. Day 3 & 4 – Aug 23-24.

3. Main Festival happens at the weekend on Days 6 & 7, Saturday August 25 – Sunday August 26.

4. The organisers of the event are known as Accra [dot] ALT a duo made up of Mantse Aryeequaye and Sionne Rameah Neely and their mission is to “built relationships with the freshest folks – artists who fuse art with history and digital technology to create new, revisionist work.”

5. The Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture is supporting the festival this year with ¢300,000. After 7 years of constantly hosting the event and making it bigger every year, it is no surprise that the government is supporting and encouraging the organizers.

6. Participating international artistes include Amina Gimba from Nigeria, April Bey from the United States, Ayanda Seoka and Nondumiso Lwazi Msimanga from South Africa, Barbara Siebenlist from Argentina. Canada is also represented with the likes of Karen Lee and Malcolm Lee. Artistes from Germany are Regina Magdalena Sebald and Toffaha. Austria, Kenya, Zimbabwe and Poland also have artistes performing at Chale Wote 2018.

7. Ghanaian artistes at Chale Wote Festival 2018 are Abass Ismail, Anastasia Avivor, Comfort Arthur, Caleb Odartey, DJ Mitchy, Effie Nkrumah, Elsie Tachie-Menson, Hamza Giwah, Hakeem Adam, Isshaq Ismail and Josephine Kuuire among many others.

8. The 2018 edition of Chale Wote is expected to see as many as 50,000 people in attendance. 40,000 people were in attendance in 2017, and with a progressive rise in the number of people attending the festival since 2011, 50,000 people are expected to be in Jamestown, Accra for the event.

9. The Chale Wote Festival has a number of activities lined up including Shika Shika Art Fair, Ga Priestesses Procession, Music Workshop, Panel on Women in Music Making, Film Screenings, Live drawing workshop, Dance Workshop, Panels on Photography and digital art and the Chale Wote Concert known as the Masquerade Jam.

10. Chale Wote is a Ga phrase which means ‘Let’s go friend’.

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