The 13th edition of Chale Wote Street Art Festival will be held at the Black Star Square in Osu.
Africa’s most vibrant street art festival opens on Monday 21st to Sunday 27th August. This 2023 cycle of Chale Wote Street Art Festival is a celebration of over a decade of offering some of the most iconic public art interventions by African artists, as well as co-creations with collaborators from across the world.
Black Star Square, the adjoining streets and the Osu community, will witness a new wave of artists creating some of the most innovative contemporary works of art in Africa.
All programming throughout the festival week will be held within the Osu municipality.
This year’s Chale Wote Street Art Festival will have no activities in James Town.
According to the organisers, the new festival perimeter will feature open air mural exhibitions by leading Ghanaian and international artists, showcasing work inspired by the rebellion of enslaved Afro-Brazilians in 1835 Salvador Bahia and their glorious return to present day Ghana, Togo and Nigeria.
The story is also performed as a musical theatre piece called Memory Movement Freedom by multiple community based performance, dance troupes and brass band.
For their participation this year, Ghanaian art collective AFUABE will create live murals detailing the former Gold Coast’s long history of resistance against colonial invasions.
Other showcases will include performance art, graffiti, 4 music stages with 120 musicians and bands, LABS, Salons, design, photography, processions, street theater and the SHIKA SHIKA Art Fair that will host independent artists at the Christianborg castle.
The art fair supports and showcases dynamic presentations and works from intergenerational artists working outside of gallery spaces.
The castle gardens will also host the Chale Wote Film
LABS and knowledge sharing salons from August 22 to 24. The salons will offer hands-on digital art and photography training sessions for visiting creators and the general public.
Screening at the Film LABS are 17 films from Ghana, the Caribbean. Europe and Africa. Visitors can also book walking tours to visit historical sites and buildings with fascinating stories within the Osu community.The world famous HIGHLIFE CAFÉ opens at the Black Star Square for the first time
alongside the Accra Cookout serving the city’s favourite dishes and obscure delicacies.
They have entreated lovers of arts to join them at the Black Star Square and Christianborg Castle for the most iconic celebration of art in Africa, hosting the industry’s biggest acts for an unforgettable multi-disciplinary art experience.
Since its inception in 2011, Chale Wote has developed an unrivalled
reputation for consistently featuring hundreds of performances, exhibitions across stages, throughout the festival grounds. African audiences are now connected to new perspectives of authentic creators who are developing spaces dedicated to independent art production through the festival year after year.
Advertisers interested in brand placement and exhibitor pavilions have been asked to contact the festival operations unit.
The event is supported by the Ministry of Tourism, Hon. Zanetor Agyeman-Rawlings (PhD), Member of Parliament for Korle Klottey Constituency,
Arts & Culture, Ghana Tourism Authority, Accra [Dot] Alt, CITI FM/TV, Institute Francais, Korle Klottey Municipal Assembly, Ghana Museums & Monuments Board, Lododo Art and PramCiti TV