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Chale Wote Street Art Festival 2014

08/24/2014

This weekend I hit the streets of Accra to immerse myself in the explosion of creativity that is the annual Chale Wote Street Art Festival. The festival has been held every year since 2011 and is essentially an arts workshop that turns an entire street in Jamestown, Accra into an open-ended canvas for artists of all types to leave their mark on the city. And for a couple of days each year, that winding stretch of urban terrain truly feels as if it’s been reclaimed by “the people.”

This time I took the opportunity to do a bit of photojournalism and tried to capture some of the most interesting scenes I encountered. The quality and diversity of the art seems to keep getting better each year, and the vibe is always spontaneous and chilled out. It’s definitely one of the best ways to spend a Saturday afternoon in Accra. The Chale Wote Street Art Festival is organized by Accra [dot] Alt. You can find a lot more photos on their site, or simply by googling ‘Chale Wote.’

All of these photos were taken on a Nokia Lumia 520, which isn’t spectacular but still manages a decent job.

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3 Comments

  1. Angélique says:

    This is impressive! It’s beautiful ! I love the colourful birds on the white wall!

    • Jonathan says:

      Yes, it truly is. That piece was also one of my favorites. I couldn’t get a full shot of the completed work, but those birds are actually emerging from the mind of the child.

  2. vro says:

    houahhhh!! great !!! i wish i could be there for the next .. so giant and free!!! Such a lot of different creativity !!!! i love it all
    Big job for the last one . BIg up to her!

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