Why i travelled from Sweden to Ghana

Chale Wote Street Art Festival is an annual arts festival held in Accra on the streets of James Town (Accra’s most historic community). The event aims at bringing out art,  music, dance and performance into the streets and targets Ghanaian and international artists and patrons to create and appreciate the arts together.

In case you’re wondering what chale wote means, it’s an interpretation of “Man let’s go” in Ga language. The Chale Wote Street Art Festival includes street painting, photography, theater, spoken word, interactive art installations, live street performances, extreme sports, film shows, a fashion parade, a music block party, recyclable design workshops and much more since 2011.

Why do I “soo” want to attend this year’s festival?

I love art and everything about it, it helps inspire my inner creativity. Last year’s festival took over the streets of James Town (where it’s regularly held) with a dynamic display of culture and arts, among others. The photos, stories and hype from the photographers of Ghana that I follow on Instagram got me excited and I was determined to follow my heart and passion to attend this festival 2016. Since I am a dance instructor here in Sweden, I got in touch with the organisers of Accra Alt Dot and inquired if we could somehow collaborate with my dancing at the festival. After a month they replied with a positive answer and welcomed me onboard 🙂 I was delighted and could barely stand on my feet!

So what are the odds of performing Bhangra on a street festival in Ghana?  I had my first performances/workshop on the Otublohum Square. Music blasted and I gave them a taste of what Bhangra is. The crowd clapped along and some were curious while others joined in.

What’s more, the festival’s location bears extensive cultural meaning. It is said that Accra’s deepest history lies in James Town, holding a significant part of the country’s colonial history, as well as cultural and knowledge systems of the Ga people. In 2014 more than 10,000 people attended Chale Wote. It´s no doubt a well-visited festival in Ghana.

My second workshop was on Mantse Agbonaa square with a massive stage where most of the Ghanian musicians perform during the night. It was a huge crowd when the bhangra music blasted through the sound system. Some just watched, some took pictures while others joined in. I was really impressed by the attendance.

Pictures from the Mantse Agbonaa square:

Chale Wote Street Art Festival 

Chale Wote Street Art Festival 

Pictures on some of the street art that was on display during the festival:

Chale Wote Street Art Festival 

Photo credit: Pixels

Chale Wote Street Art Festival 

Photo credit: Pixels

Chale Wote Street Art Festival 

Photo credit: Pixels

Chale Wote Street Art Festival 

Photo credit: Pixels