MY CHALEWOTE 2014 EXPERIENCE

As told by JASE TAY | Photography by KOFI ANTI & KOBE SUBRAMANIAM

Tema International School (T.I.S) students in a procession at #ChaleWote2014

Tema International School (T.I.S) students in a procession at #ChaleWote2014

2014’s edition of the Chale Wote Street Art Festival came off a buzzing start, augmenting the fervour that accompanied the just ended Homowo Festival. The energy and excitement was infectious and even days after the 2-day festival, themed, “Death: An Eternal Journey Into Limitless Rebirth”, people still can’t get over it.  The euphoria that accompanied the festival beautifully complemented its theme; the festival flames seemingly going out but instead of just dying down, continue burning, eagerly waiting a rekindling which, rest assured, will happen next year. Jamestown played host Accra’s creative community who brought their own to the tropes of beautiful “madness” to this year’s festival. To keep these superb and awesome participants enthralled, Accra [dot] Alt lined up an ensemble of creatives whose only agenda was to enthral the visiting public, sending them on a trans-dimensional journey of imagined spaces.

Adjo Kisser’s installation portrayed the cycle of gender imbalance and stereotypes in Ghana and the world at large. Drawing inspiration from global events that expose the blatant disregard for the female gender, Untitled (709) artistically brings to the fore, the continuous murder of the female identity. Not forgetting the impossible to miss, elaborate and overwhelming sack installation by Ibrahim Mahama, showing all the different shades and patches of life, beautifully strewn together in majestic stitches.

Work begins!

Rolling out the messengers.

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THE FOURTH CHAPTER: CHALE WOTE 2014

Strolling Goats in Accra with Chale Wote 2014.

Strolling Goats in Accra with Chale Wote 2014.

Chale Wote 2014 will open with a heady rush of sights, sounds and vibrant creations by Ghanaian and international artists in James Town. This weekend over 200 artists will transform old Accra into a live museum with a long trail of multi-disciplinary art. Festival producers, ACCRA [dot] ALT, are collaborating with REDD Kat Pictures, Foundation for Contemporary Art Ghana, the Accra Metropolitan Assembly, NO LIMIT Charity and Attukwei Art Foundation for this year’s festival.

This is the fourth edition of the festival since it started in 2011. Last year was a major success and the collective effort of many young people—ranging from artists, musicians and writers to designers, students and activists. The two-day festival will feature graffiti murals, film screenings, theater, installations, live music performances, a fashion circus, extreme sport, dance, spoken word and art workshops. Continue reading