Our first few weeks in Accra have flown by…between the new city, new home, new school, and new curricula, we’ve been too busy to get out much. And even when we are out, we’re usually scoping out the best places to buy our groceries : ) Because, as usual, food is the most important thing in our lives.
But this weekend we did get a chance to check out a new part of the city and see some local and international street art.
This year, the Chale Wote Street Art Festival took place from August 15 – 21. In celebration of the fifth anniversary of the festival, their theme was “Spirit Robot,” a constellation of art, energy, and passion that signified a united capacity to create meaningful change in our communities and shift our realities into a more livable world for all.
The school was awesome enough to take a bus down to the heart of the festival and drop us all off in James Town, one of the oldest districts in Accra. Known for its remnants of Accra’s colonial past, one of it’s most notable landmarks is the lighthouse.
These days, most of the neighborhood has fallen into disrepair, but the community brightened itself up for the week’s celebrations.
There were pop-up performances everywhere we turned, encompassing many different kinds of art, from painting, to street art, to dancing, to singing, to impromptu yoga sessions, and a pop-up library.