Chale Wote Street Art Festival

For the past week the annual Chale Wote Festival has taken over the streets of Jamestown, Accra. People have flocked from around the world to join the festivities and showcase their talents. The festival is the biggest Street art festival in West Africa, artists, film makers, performers, singers, vendors and photographers gathered in Accra’s oldest suburbs to showcase their talents and soak up the vibrant atmosphere.

 

“Creativity takes Courage”

 

Chale Wote translates as “Man let’s go” in the local Ga language. According to the organisers the festivals aim is; “Our 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”.

Artists and sculptors have decorated the walls across the city leaving important messages within their work, people gather around boxers, dancers and stunt artists performing in the middle of the road, food and drink sellers line the street ready to refresh you, kids offer to paint your face to get you in the festival spirit and everyone loves the loud music and party vibes.

Akwaaba Volunteers headed to Jamestown on Sunday, the final day of the festival to see what all the talk was about and we were not dissapointed. Take a look at our photo highlights!

Festival Vendors selling Sobolo and Palm Wine

Vendors dressed in traditional clothing selling Ghanaian Drinks

 

Children from Jamestown creating their own art to display

 

Traditional drumming and dancing performance

 

Street Art highlighting Ghana’s plastic waste problems

 

Children doing their own “Street Art”

 

Chale Wote wouldn’t be complete without table football dotted up and down the high street

 

Street Performers