27 Aug British Accra comes alive.
British Accra as it was know in the colonial era during the 19th century is one of the oldest districts in the city of Accra. Even as of today, it remains a fishing community inhabited solely by the indigenous Ga. It is one of the favourite tourist destination in Accra. It is the pride of inhabitants of Accra. Accra was originally two settlements, one British and one Dutch, with British Accra being the British outpost.
British Accra has been hosting the popular Chale Wote street Art Festival for the past five years and this years was no exception. The Chale Wote street Art Festival is a alternative platform that brings art, music, dance and performance out of the galleries and onto the streets of British Accra at least that is how the organizers define it.
Their 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. The CHALE WOTE Street Art Festival challenges
both artists and community-based audiences to connect through art.
The festival includes street painting, graffiti murals, photo exhibitions, interactive installations,
a food and fashion marketplace, live street performances, extreme sports, African film shows, street boxing, a fashion parade, a music block party, recyclable design workshops and much more.
More than 200 Ghana-based and international artists take part in the event. The festival is held
on a ten-minute walking route along High Street between the Ga Mashie Development Agency
(GAMADA, three buildings up from the Lighthouse) and the old Kings Way building (next to Ussher Fort).
Now you know why I was at Chale Wote last week.
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