The Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture has announced plans to support Accra [Dot] Alt’s cultural exchange platform this year.
The cultural network based in Accra, Ghana- West Africa will benefit ¢300,000 to boost their forthcoming Chale Wote Street Art Festival, their biggest annual cultural exchange platform.
The Ministry revealed that it will also provide security to safeguard the safety of patrons at the event since over 30,000 people patronised the event in 2016.
Chale Wote as it’s famously called has projected Ghana’s creative arts potentials positively to the global audience in recent years. The community-based festival takes place in James Town, one of Accra’s most historic communities and targets exchanges between Ghana-based and international artists creating and appreciating art together.
“We’re giving them financial support, publicity and the Ministry’s ambit because it’s one of the major festivals for young people to showcase their visual and creative arts skills and increase the package to one million Ghana Cedis,” Madam Catherine Abelema Afeku disclosed.
The alternative platform which brings art, music, design, dance and performance out into the streets with its live activities slated for August 25-26, this year.
Over the last eight years, it had transformed the City of Accra into the most active cultural hub in the West Africa Sub-region and inspired possibilities in public space design through community supported cultural production.
What to expect this year at Chale Wote
Themed ‘PARA OTHER’,Chale Wote will this year see over 125 Ghanaian and International artists explore beyond the subjective polarized view of reality where they employ the work of the historical and contemporary works of artists from across Africa and the Black diaspora.
Para-Other is a transatlantic shortwave that transcends language and geography. Para-Other requires new knowledge fractals, codes, symbols, and sounds that transmit our core creative intent where imperial languages fail us. This order is an embracing of a black labyrinth and establishment of an aesthetic that captures our cessation of flight and transit into a noncontested existence.
Though “Chale Wote” has several meanings in the Ghanaian local dialect, for the festival reasons, its famous meaning coined is” Let’s Go” Or “Man, let’s go”. Below is this year’s program outline.