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Chale wote 2016 Recap + Pictures

This years Chale wote arts festival ended on Sunday 21st August with artist from far and near displaying their works on the streets of James town. Free minded folks of all walks of life were present to admire the works of artist and to also display their creativity through fashion. I made it to James town on day3 of the festival and on the weekend and I must admit, I was really impressed by the attendance.

On display were modern, contemporary and traditional arts. The composition of some of these art works were amazing and behind every painting is a myth of artistic creation full of glamour. I found myself in the flood of fashion expressionists and I loved every bit of it. There was a lot to see and I bet we all met familiar faces all over. Mants3 Agbonaa was the place to be at night for the music parade. Music was bashing out of every street corner and at a point, I thought I was at a shatta Wale’s concert. For those who missed out on this years festival, you can check out my photo gallery below. Shout out to Yaw Pare of Random Ghana pics for the wonderful photo production. We did it our way.

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Art is subject to interpretation. How would you interpret this? #chalewote2016

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This Ghana flag is made of one pessewa coins. Not sure how much coins was used in making the flag because the artist wasn’t around to be asked but let me guess!…errrh 20,000. The kids keep peeling off the coins, not sure what they’re going to use it for as far as I know, they cant use 100 of these coins to buy 1toffee. Art by Yaw Owusu

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Some of the many paintings on dispaly

This is one of my favorite paintings… Religious capitalism,the use of  power bestowed onto one another to gain personal interest. In Africa, religious capitalism is one of the fastest economic growing sectors. Pastors blindfold their followers with unauthentic religious beliefs just to enrich their selfs. Some have also changed the worshiping places into business centers. Considering the current scenarios, market women have fallen victims causing the motive behind this painting.

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Religious capitalism Art by Rufai Zakari and NMA students

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Acrobats

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street fashion

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Animal rights on display. . Artist-Yvette

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Why drink the milk meant for their babies? ….animals right matters

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children boxing at the festival

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My background is made of stitched pieces of chale wote….awesome isn’t it? (chalewote is another name for slippers in Ghana)

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Live street painting going on

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We are also present! ….y3 w) krom

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The crowd at chale wote 2016

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My experience was beautiful and am looking forward to experiencing more of this and similar festivals in Ghana. Were you also present at the festival? If yes what’s your take on it? Comment your experiences below and don’t forget to subscribe to the blog.

12 comments

  1. Gloria 25 August, 2016 at 13:19 Reply

    O my… I can feel the experience just watch your uploaded photos… So much fun and expressions… Darn!! I was outta town.. Neeways i see you had a great time…great effort

    • April Nego 25 August, 2016 at 15:31 Reply

      Thanks Gloria, I really appreciate. Yeah I had a great time, hope to see you there next year. watch out for the photo videos *wink*

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