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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Chale Wote!

Last month, one of my Accra buddies informed me about an art festival that was going the weekend I was in town to visit. Chale Wote! is a street art festival held every year in Jamestown, a rather beat up part of Accra but during the art festival, a colorful place to be. Chale Wote! is attended by people of all backgrounds and ages and I was impressed with the orderliness of the day and the numerous activities to partake in. What I was really happy to see was that it was tailored for street children to enjoy as well. It was so much fun watching these kids learn how to play musical chairs and that game with the egg in the spoon:) There was a coloring book corner for them, a Ghanaian teacher is in the works of making an animation of Okomfo Anokye and she had little trinkets for them. Too cute. There was a masquerade exhibition, a street art section, fashion making center, a walk through an old slave castle, rollerblading demonstration,  breakdancing, etc... There was so much going on that day, I didn't see it all but what was there was truly entertaining and something to talk about. The creator of this a young Ghanaian man, quite introspective and creative in many forms. Every year the festival gets grander and expands artistically and I was truly impressed with it all. It's good to know that there are visually minded individuals who aim to bring a peaceful, exciting, and educational experience for all Ghanaians to partake in. 



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