The sixth edition of the Chale Wote Street Art Festival takes place August 15 – 21, 2016, with the participation of more than 200 Ghana-based artists and international artists from ten (10) countries.
SPIRIT ROBOT, the theme for this year’s festival, embraces a power rooted in humanity. It refers to the energetic ability of festival participants to create a new encounter with reality that is entirely of our choosing and construction.
Is this not already happening all around us, as a journey – not a definitive moment, but rather a series of moments? African Electronics was the spark – the blending of different energies to see if a pulse, a thick and palpable current, could be directed to shift or alter the frequency into some other kind of reality. With African Electronics, we got a peep through the window – this is a walk through the front door and a look around the house.
Each participant in CHALE WOTE is building their own version of understanding about how life in Ghana and the world should be.
Stretching these projects together into a meta-network is an act of deep engagement with community, and an exercise in countering historical forms of hierarchy, exclusion, fracture and disharmony.
Through the construction of these myriad projects, we build bridges of understanding and possibility between us, connecting our visions of reality with one another for affirmation, encouragement, support, questions, and the challenge to dig deeper.
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
CHALE WOTE 2016 is produced by ACCRA [dot] ALT in association with annual collaborators, REDD Kat Pictures, the Foundation for Contemporary Art Ghana (FCA), Attukwei Art Foundation and Dr. Monk, as well as multiple The CHALE WOTE Street Art Festival creates life for art, music, dance and performance on the streets of James Town, Accra’s oldest urban fishing community. CHALE WOTE means “man, let’s go!” in Ga (the language of the people of greater Accra) and it is also a reference to flip flops. We use the term to mobilize a public passion for art
and to cultivate a wider audience for the arts, breaking boundaries to provide access to people of all walks of life. The festival is public and free as a way to acknowledge the artistry of human life with a potential to reimagine our realities, invent new paradigms and transform our relationship to public CHALE WOTE 2016 includes a vibrant mix of visual art, photography, films, fashion, mixed media, interventions, installations, live music,dance, panels, discussions, tours, food and more. organizations across Ghana space.