the Chale Wote Street Art Festival 2023 All-white Procession
The Chale Wote Street Art Festival 2023 All-white Procession. Photo Credit: Chale Wote Street Art Festival/Instagram

The long-awaited Chale Wote Street Art Festival is set to kick off today, August 21st, in Accra with a harmonious blend of style, fashion, procession, and inspiring works of art all at one location.

Attendees are eagerly anticipating yet another thrilling installment of the week-long festivity, commencing with an all-white procession Monday evening. Individuals of all age ranges will participate in the “remembrance walk,” starting from the Christianborg Castle through the Osu township and selected principal streets.

There are several exciting events planned, including art exhibitions, the screening of local films, a captivating theater production called “Na Wo Se Sɛn,” a live concert featuring some of Ghana’s top musicians and variety of insightful engagements which will culminate at the Black Star Square on Sunday. Similar to previous years, organizers anticipate a significant attendance for this year’s event. As a result, they have chosen to move the festivities to Osu and the Black Star Square.

Leading Ghanaian and global artists are set to exhibit art collections that vividly depict the extensive history of resistance against colonial encroachment in the Gold Coast. Additionally, their works will draw inspiration from the rebellion of enslaved Afro-Brazilians in 1835 Salvador Bahia and their glorious return to present day Ghana, Togo and Nigeria. As artists showcase their creativity, visitors will have the opportunity to explore historical sites and buildings within the Osu community, immersing themselves in captivating stories of the past.

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The story is also performed as a musical theatre piece called ‘Memory Movement Freedom’ by multiple community-based performance, dance troupes and brass band. The Black Star Square and Christianborg Castle will be a sight to behold for the most iconic celebration of art in Africa, hosting the industry’s biggest acts for an unforgettable multi-disciplinary art experience.

Since its establishment in 2011, Chale Wote has cultivated an unparalleled reputation for its consistent showcase of numerous performances and exhibitions across various stages throughout the festival grounds.

Year after year, the festival is forging connections between African audiences and authentic creators who are passionately cultivating dedicated spaces for independent art production,

This year’s Chale Wote Street Art festival is supported by the Ministry of Tourism, Arts & Culture, Ghana Tourism Authority, Member of Parliament for Korle Klottey Dr. Zanetor Agyeman Rawlings, Accra [Dot] Alt, Citi FM/TV, Institut Francais, Korley Klottey Municipal Assembly, Ghana Museums & Monuments Board +Lododo Art.

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