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Chale Wote 2017: Deep Dive Into Accra’s WataMata, August 14-20
August 14 @ 8:00 AM - August 20 @ 5:00 PM
Water is to life as Chale Wote is to Accra. Get into the flow of creativity during the seventh edition of West Africa’s biggest street art festival; the third in a festival trilogy following African Electronics (2015) and Spirit Robot (2016). This year’s theme “Wata Mata – West African pidgin for “water matters” – explores the resilience of art and creativity in hostile environment with an emphasis on adapting, re-envisioning, dreaming and pushing boundaries.
The festival will kick off on August 14 with the Open Gallery – a compendium of exhibitions and events in 15 creative spaces across Accra. Then, the LABs will deep dive into Wata Mata with two days of artist talks, film screenings, special performances and workshops on Aug 17 and 18 (12 noon – 9pm each day). If diversity is what you seek, there’ll be plenty at the street art festival on Aug 19 and 20: 10 live visual art works and installations, 4 music and performance stages, by artists representing 15 countries in Africa and the Diaspora, including 30 from Ghana. We’re also excited to announce that we’ll have a henna stand at the festival on Saturday! Find out more about our HennArt experience here.
There’s a lot to discover, but as always, Chale Wote 2017 will be what you make it. Read the official press release and download the brochures – Open Gallery & The Labs – to immerse yourself in the full artsy lineup. Still not convinced? Check out the Chale Wote 2016 video recap by Accra[dot]alt below.
- What: Chale Wote 2017 – Wata Mata
- When: August 14-20, 2017
- Where: Jamestown – Accra, Ghana (various locations)
- Why: It’s time to dream and push those creative boundaries. Plus, where else do you get to deep dive into alternative African art?
- RSVP on Facebook event page and follow the hashtags #ChaleWote2017 and #WataMata for updates