The 13th edition of the Chale Wote Street Art Festival, Africa’s most vibrant celebration of art, is set to take place at the iconic Black Star Square in Osu. From Monday, 21st August to Sunday, 27th August, the streets of Osu will come alive with creativity and innovation in art.
This year’s Chale Wote Street Art Festival marks a significant milestone, celebrating over a decade of bringing together African artists and collaborators from around the world. For years, the festival has been known for its iconic public art interventions, showcasing the ingenuity and talent of African artists.
A Unique Festival Experience
Unlike previous years, the festival will focus solely on the Osu municipality, creating a new festival perimeter that includes the Black Star Square and adjoining streets. This change will provide an intimate and immersive experience for visitors and artists alike.
The festival will feature a variety of artistic narratives that celebrate African heritage and resilience. One of the highlights will be the open-air mural exhibitions, where leading Ghanaian and international artists will showcase works inspired by the rebellion of enslaved Afro-Brazilians in 1835 Salvador Bahia, and their triumphant return to present-day Ghana, Togo, and Nigeria.
Visitors can look forward to a diverse range of artistic showcases, including performance art, graffiti, music stages with over 120 musicians and bands, design, photography, street theater, and processions. The SHIKA SHIKA Art Fair, held at the Christianborg Castle, will host independent artists, providing a platform for dynamic presentations and works outside of gallery spaces.
The festival will also feature Chale Wote Film LABS and knowledge-sharing salons, offering hands-on digital art and photography training for both creators and the general public. The film screenings will feature 17 films from Ghana, the Caribbean, Europe, and Africa, providing a glimpse into the diverse narratives of these regions.
In addition to the artistic showcases, visitors can embark on walking tours to explore historical sites and buildings with fascinating stories within the Osu community. This offers a unique opportunity to connect with Ghana’s rich cultural heritage.
For the first time, the world-famous HIGHLIFE CAFÉ will open at the Black Star Square, alongside the Accra Cookout, serving a variety of delicious dishes and obscure delicacies that reflect the city’s vibrant culinary scene.
An Unforgettable Multi-Disciplinary Art Experience
The Chale Wote Street Art Festival promises an unforgettable multi-disciplinary art experience, uniting the industry’s biggest acts and authentic creators. It is a celebration of African creativity, showcasing spaces dedicated to independent art production year after year.
As the festival returns to the Black Star Square and Christianborg Castle, it invites African audiences to connect with the immense talent of artists from across the continent. The Chale Wote Street Art Festival 2023 promises to be a vibrant and inspiring celebration of African art and culture.