Para Other: Ghana's Chale Wote Festival 2018

Para Other: Ghana's Chale Wote Festival 2018

Ghana celebrates art and their culture with their Chale Cote Street Art Festival / Photo by: MichaelNanaFrimpong via Wikimedia Commons


A celebration of Arts and Culture, Ghana’s Chale Wote Street Art Festival brings together locals and visitors for a day full of color and life. Chale Wote literally translates as ‘friend go’ in the Ga language and loosely sums up what the festivities are all about. It’s an annual celebration and typically takes place in the 3rd week of August. ACCRA [dot] ALT announced that the theme for 2018 is Para Other, as a nod to exploring “alternative ways of being and identity.” Here’s a brief recap of what happened at this year’s Chale Wote according to

The free community-based festival is open to all and will soon be placing a mark in the world. Everyone, from the more eccentric to the average folk, gathered to witness creativity that’s unique to the festival. Not only do artists show off their craft on this day, but the youth of Ghana look forward to this annual celebration as they get to interact with others, appreciate art installations, and participate in activities. It’s worthy of the lengthy trip, and visitors fly in just to be included in the festivities. 

Chale Wote established its name through their impressive array of artistry. Traditional and modern art is showcased at the event such as art performances, street painting, graffiti murals, photography, theatre, spoken word, interactive art installations, live street performances, extreme sports, film shows, fashion parade, design workshops, music concerts, and so much more. It’s a stimulating event that delivers something for everyone. 

Preparations for the event begin in February as they start looking for artists and vendors to collaborate with in August. The event is then held at Jamestown, a historic community that’s home to Ghana’s heritage and culture. This location still contains remnants of the country’s colonial past, and many of the Ga people reside in the community. Vendors benefit from the crowd that the festival brings in while participating in the fun. It’s a win-win situation for all. Lest the vibrant culture of Africa be forgotten in the celebration of the arts.