CHALE WOTE Street Art Festival is a community celebratory event that takes art, music, design, dance and performance to the streets of Ghana.
The community festival is an annual event held in James Town, one of Accra’s most historic communities, aimed at exchanges between Ghanaian and international artists who create and enjoy art together.
The vision is to cultivate a wider audience for the arts, pushing creative boundaries and using art as a viable way to rejuvenate public space. The festival tells African history in a unique way.
Dozens of artists are often present with their art and talent on display for other artists and art lovers. This year, 2022, is no different, as the streets of the capital city of Ghana, was filled up in celebration of the week-long event.
The 2022 event featured several programs lined up for the week-long activities. On the first day was the YeYeeYe(Twin Festival) / Accra Tours, Homowo / KpoKpoi Party on the second day, then the third day tagged “Day of Remembering / Opening of Chalewote 22Exhibition”.
Film Salons and Labs come on the fourth day of the event while the CHALE WOTE Street Art Festival Grand Finale/ Music Concert, held on the 20th of August, marked the end of the program for the year.
For some artists, the walls and cells of the former prison at Ussher Fort were left as a backdrop to display their impressive works of art. But the number of artistic performances and thought-provoking artworks also filled the entire former prison yard.
“It’s a developing community, and it can only develop through art, culture and caring. And we saw it with hope,” explained Franlin Gawua, an artist.
Once a small festival led by artists with an experimental start, Chale Wote is now an established tourist attraction. The festival relies on volunteers and does not provide funding to participating artists, but attracts thousands of visitors every year.
Some photos from this year’s event;