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CHALE WOTE 2015 Festival: #AfricanElectronics Edition
August 20, 2015 @ 1:00 PM - August 23, 2015 @ 9:00 PM GMT
It’s the digital era and Africa is buzzing with opportunity, creativity and standouts. Thanks to our friends over at Accra[dot]ALT Radio, you can experience it all in a weekend of art, adrenaline, conversation, design, fashion, food, and experiential flavor at Accra’s most anticipated street art festival: the 5th annual Chale Wote Street Art Festional, #AfricanElectronics edition.
- What: Chale Wote 2015, #AfricanElectronics
- When: August 20-23, 2015
- Where: Accra, Ghana (Various Locations)
- Why: #AfricanElectronics. That and the fact that it has a lot to do with different facets of contemporary Africa.
- RSVP on Facebook event page and follow #AfricanElectronics for updates
There’s a reason the Chale Wote Festival has been on our must attend/do list each year: It’s rich, it’s interesting, it’s all… US. Not convinced? Read our review of the 2014 edition and/or watch the video summary below. You can also check out the lineup of activities below and download the official program HERE.
AUG 20-21: The LABS, 1-9pm GMT daily
Step into The Labs and immerse yourself in an interactive series of conversations, film screenings and music installations while dissecting the oh-so interesting elements of #AfricanElectronics:
- Thursday Aug. 20, Nubuke Foundation, East Legon (Map)
Meditate on the historic James Town with the Funky Professor Kobby Graham, join the FOKN Bois and indulge in some short films, then put on your musical hat for a DJ session and talk on 70s and 80s highlife music in Nigeria and Ghana with Nigeria’s Temi Kogbe, followed by the Chale Wote Connect (Happy) Hour. Don’t forget to make a date for a night cup full of Queer Vibrations and racy talk, stories and readings inspired by Adventures from the Bedrooms of African Women by website co-founder Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah.
- Friday Aug. 21, WEB DuBois Center, Cantonments (Map)
All about fusing Africa’s cultural heritage with modern technology? Step into the No Flex Zone for an art Talk with Tastemakers Africa and five Wàllá Dá (“major things” in Ga) digitally savvy women including Maame Adjei of An African City, Twiggy Moli (SA), Yagazi Emezi (Nigeria), Velma Rossa (Kenya) and Lesedi Ramone (SA). Then, get your blood a-pumping with ecclectic DJ duo DJ PAM BAM x Kobby Graham. End your day with a short film or two, some more music and a screening of the feature film Black President.
AUG 22-23: A Matrix of (200+) African Art Installations & History, 12-9pm daily
Immerse yourself in visual and performance art installations along the historic Jamestown High Street and Brazil Lane by leading and emerging artists from:
- Ghana – Bright Ackwerh, Benjamin Okantey, Adjo Kisser, Steloo, Faustina Nsoh, crazinisT artist, Nana Oforiatta Ayim, Attukwei Clottey, Kwame Asante Agyare and Accra Theatre Workshop, among others.
- South Africa – the JHB Massive – a multidisciplinary group of 15 South African artists
- Cameroon – Elsa M’bala
- Nigeria – Temi Kogbe
- Benin – Anna Kurtycz and RUDEK
- South Africa – Kitso Lelliott
- Austria – Sandra Krampelhuber
- U.S. – Kenturah Davis
Running low on creative inspiration? Get your fix for the rest of the year with a Historical Tour (or two) of James Town and Ussher Town, check out the Open Runway for all the street fashion and style or step into the High Life Music Café. Got kids? Visit Children’s City for a fun day of art! The Nubuke Foundation with its murals and conversation on electronic waste is another must-do and don’t forget to look out for the High Energy Processions of bike stunts and arts performances, the vendors and food markets!
Ready to map out your #AfricanElectronics trajectory? Download the official program or check it out below for full details.
Jemila Abdulai is the creative director, editor and founder of the award-winning website Circumspecte.com. A media and international development professional and economist by training, she combines her business, communications and project management expertise with her strong passion for Africa. Besides writing and reading, she enjoys travel, global cuisine, movies, and good design.