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Chale Wote Street Art Festival: a call for artists ahead of 2024 edition

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The highly anticipated 2024 edition of Ghana’s largest annual street art festival, Chale Wote, is fast approaching, and preparations are in full swing for the main event in August.

Organized by ACCRA [dot] ALT in collaboration with Redd Kat Pictures and Chale Wote Street Art Projekt, the thirteenth edition of the festival is themed “And Now An End To The Empire Of Horrors.” This theme draws inspiration from the deep history of Africa in the Gulf of Guinea, focusing on tales of fantastic and mortal gods. These tales serve as allegories that shed light on the social conditions stemming from genocidal squatter colonialism.

Chale Wote 2024 aims to explore the history of the place, from its origins to its rebirth of sacred sciences long forgotten and buried with the giants. The festival will curate a variety of counterhegemonic narratives about this rebirth through art and entertainment.

Experienced artists who have been active professionally for at least 2 years and show a visible commitment to their practice are invited to apply for participation in the festival. The call is open to both studied artists and self-taught professionals with a minimum of two years of constant working experience.

Proposed artwork can be realized in any medium, with no restrictions on form or content. However, preference will be given to proposals that demonstrate innovation and a nuanced understanding of contemporary art, craft, or design. All works must be site-specific for the Osu metropolitan area during CHALE WOTE 2024.

The festival, scheduled to run from August 19 to August 25, 2024, will feature a week-long celebration of art and culture. Selected artists will be required to complete their works from August 10 to 18, ready for display throughout the festival.

The deadline for submission of applications is May 1, 2024, providing artists with the opportunity to showcase their creativity on a global platform. International artists selected to participate are encouraged to seek funding from their respective countries or other sources to cover travel, living expenses, and production costs.

To apply, artists must submit a current resume/CV, a concept note about their festival project, and recent works created within the past 2 years. Submission guidelines are specific for different forms of art, ensuring a fair and comprehensive selection process.

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