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ACCRA [dot] ALT, REDD KAT Pictures, the Foundation for Contemporary Art Ghana (FCA), Attukwei Art Foundation and Dr. Monk proudly announce that the Seventh Annual CHALE WOTE Street Art Festival will be held August 14 – August 20, 2017.

CHALE WOTE Brief Description

The CHALE WOTE Street Art Festival is an alternative platform that brings art, music, dance and performance out into the streets. The community-based festival takes place in James Town – one of Accra’s most historic communities – and targets exchanges between scores of Ghana-based and international artists creating and appreciating art together.

Over the last six years, CHALE WOTE has completely transformed the city of Accra into the cultural production hub of West Africa. By engaging artists within the city, the festival has given Accra a facelift, revealing interconnected collectives working in multidisciplinary practices that form the pulse of CHALE WOTE. 

The 2017 Festival Abstract

Wata Mata is the final installment in a CHALE WOTE trilogy that began with African Electronics, a blueprint for plugging into indigenous technologies to create the impossible and open up new spaces of social consciousness. Spirit Robot, a universal TRANSmitter of radical reconstruction, spread these electric pathways of knowledge into different directions, linking with global diasporas practicing and creating art about African liberation. More and more, we are compelled to turn to ourselves, to adapt and innovate our own systems to thrive. Wata Mata is where this work happens – in an endless space of form-making.

Wata is about the seen and unseen – it’s an all access dream machine and maker of regenerative knowledge systems. Wata Mata is a memory incubator that reanimates our bodies against coerced amnesias about who we are and what we are capable of manifesting. In 2017, we refashion the ghost limbs of history into new extensions of being.

Wata Mata is our creator’s manifesto – the key to persistently evolve and space-shift into cosmograms of freedom.

INFORMATION FOR APPLICANTS

The Call for Artists is extended to visual and installation artists, interventionists, musicians, makers, photographers, performance artists, filmmakers, thespians, poets, architects, fashion designers, graphic designers, scholars and more. We are also accepting proposals for talks, workshops, panel discussions and film screenings for The LABS @ CHALE WOTE (August 17 + 18).

As connection is central to the festival, all participating artists must be available the week of the festival, August 14 – 20 2017, to meet one another, share and exchange (in several planned activities) as well as to work on production needs for the festival.

Please note that we will accept existing and new works that are in dialogue with this year’s theme. We encourage applications particularly in digital art, comics, video art, graffiti art, and interventions.

International Artists:

This is an independent, community-based festival and our support for participation is limited. Therefore, international artists are encouraged to seek private and public sources to fund their participation (travel, lodging, food, transportation and production costs).

Ghana-based Artists:

This is an independent, community-based festival and our support for Ghana-based artists is limited. We are only able to provide a production stipend to a selected number of artists who will present works at the festival. All other artists are encouraged to seek external means of support for the production of the works at CHALE WOTE 2017.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

For the LABS @ CHALE WOTE (August 17 + 18), applicants should submit:

CVs, 1-2 page proposal of project and one (1) sample of work per person. Filmmakers and Video artists must submit completed short or feature length films/videos for review.

Applicants interested in participating on August 19 + 20 should submit an artist resume (bio, artist statement, and CV), 1-2 page proposal of project, and five (5) samples of work.

Images must be in jpg or png form.

Films or videos should be submitted via link or WeTransfer.

Audio files should be formatted and sent as MP3.

All applications should be submitted in a zip file with the applicant’s name and subject line: CHALE WOTE 2017 Application to accra.alt@gmail.com. A PDF version of this call can be downloaded here.

Note that applications that do not adhere to the above criteria will be considered ineligible.

Deadline:

May 7, 2017

Final selections will be communicated to all applicants within the month of May.

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HAPPY FM DREAM WEDDING! 10 Couples Tie the Knot on Val’s Day!

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Valentine’s Day February 14 2018 was a dream come true for the 10 couples that were joined in Holy Matrimony at the annual Happy FM Dream Wedding.

The plush ceremony which was held at Cleaver House in Accra, evolved from the popular Happy FM Valentine Mass Wedding event. The loved filled ceremony was officiated by some selected well-known pastors including Rev. King Foli from the Royal House Chapel International.

Ohemaa Mercy, Nana Ama Safowaa, Abena Serwah Ophelia, Pastor Kofy and Nosisa Doe among others treated the couples, friends and families who were present with some good musical performances.

Speaking at the ceremony, Ernest Boateng, Chief Executive of Global Media Alliance Group, stated that the Happy FM Dream Wedding was a fulfillment of a social responsibility that the station has taken upon itself to carry out each year on Valentine’s Day.

“Happy 98.9FM has been honoring this social responsibility over the past 12 years. Every year on February 14, the Happy FM family brings together various couples in holy matrimony at an all-expense paid event. Over 300 couples have over the years benefitted from this great initiative championed by Happy 98.9FM, with support from our generous partners and sponsors,” Mr Boateng said.

He added that the prestigious event organized by Happy FM, Ghana’s number one Sports Station, is meant to leave a lasting memory in the minds of the couples, as well as their families and friends who witness this special occasion.

“At Happy FM, we are committed to helping couples desirous of getting married by taking on the responsibility of organizing a classy wedding event at no cost to the couples and providing all the necessary resources including their outfits, refreshment and honeymoon packages among others,” he said.

Meanwhile, Mr and Mrs Nutakor, Mr and Mrs Ologo and Mr and Mrs Acquah were adjudged the best three couples and for their reward, they will receive a special honeymoon treat at East Gate Hotel at East Legon. The rest of the couples will also enjoy their honeymoon at Erata Hotel also located at East Legon.

All the 10 couples also   received hampers from Nkulenu Industries Limited and GIHOC Distilleries among other sponsors.

 

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WIZARD OF THE GUITAR! Kyekyeku performs “Ghanalogue Highlife” in Ghana, FEB 24!

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Eugene Ampadu, popularly known as “Kyekyeku”, is a young lively Ghanaian musician who combines musical traditions from roots Palmwine (A style of Ghanaian folk), Highlife and Afrobeat; performing live in new and exciting sounds.

With lyrics reminiscent of village recreational songs, protest songs, love poetry and old African spirituality, his music touches on themes concerned with the well-being of Africa and the world society.  Kyekyeku has collaborated with world-renowned musicians including Koo Nimo (GH), Peter White (UK/Jazz), Pat Thomas (GH), Gyedu Blay Ambolley (GH) Thais Morel (Brazil), Mayra Andrade (Cape Verde), Blick Bassy (Cameroun) and many others. kyekyeku   sings and performs tunes that reflect on social commentary, love, religion, nature etc. and offers Copious amounts of fun and dancing.

Described   by CNN as   ‘Wizard of the Guitar’   Kyekyeku   carries   a   sound   draped   in   silky acoustic   guitars,   intricate   percussive   grooves   and   lush   horns, locked   between   folk and   a  throbbing   urban   Highlife   beat.

On Saturday, 24th February 2018, Kyekyeku brings his project Ghanalogue Highlife on the stages of Alliance Française Accra supported by contemporaries Reynolds the gentleman, Six Strings, FRA Band, and Kologo master Senza. For the last 3 years, Kyekyeku has presented his project to music lovers in Accra before going on tour as a way of paying homage to his home city where the inspiration for his music has come from. Kyekyeku & Ghanalogue Highlife brings back deep warm grooves reminiscent of when folk Ghanaian musicians first plugged in, went electric and funky, creating tons of delightful music popularly known in Ghana as Highlife.

With a sound placed somewhere between retro Highlife and recent sonic pallette, Kyekyeku & Ghanalogue Highlife is definitely required listening for a truly definitive Ghanaian musical experience.

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2400 entries received for 2018 Ghana Makeup Awards

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A total of 2,400 entries have been received for the public nominations phase of the 2nd edition of Ghana Makeup Awards.
Makeup Ghana, organisers of the award ceremony described the figure as unprecedented in the history of the award ceremony.
Public nominations came from all across Ghana, reflecting a nationwide interest in the Awards. This nationwide participation can also be attributed in part to the Regional Tours across Kumasi, Tamale and Bolgatanga by the organisers.
Public Nomination entries were received after the public was asked to nominate their best makeup artists, brands and retailers for various categories ahead of the Awards in April.
The Ghana Makeup Awards Board is currently undertaking a process to identify and shortlist unique nominees from the 2400 public nomination entries. Shortlisted Nominees will submit their Official Awards Nominations to satisfy all requirements and prove their eligibility in various categories. Four Finalists per category will then be announced to compete formally in the 2nd Ghana Makeup Awards.
The 2nd Ghana Makeup Awards will be held on April 28 at the prestigious Kempinski Gold Coast City Hotel in Accra. The Awards are being held as part of a week-long celebration dubbed Makeup & Beauty Week, which among other objectives seeks to highlight the economic impact of the Ghanaian and African Makeup and Beauty industries.
The Makeup & Beauty Week is to celebrate, reward and promote stakeholders in the makeup and beauty industry in Ghana.
They include artists, brands, retailers, wholesalers, consumers, industry advocates and public-sector partners in the makeup and beauty industry in Ghana.
The Makeup & Beauty Week also includes the Africa Makeup & Beauty Fair (AMB Fair) to showcase and connect the Ghanaian makeup and beauty industry to African and global consumers, vendors, partners and service providers. AMB Fair includes exhibitions, workshops & seminars, training, makeup runway shows and live demos. Exhibitors are also expected from Nigeria and other parts of the continent.
The 2018 Makeup & Beauty Week is being organised by Makeup Ghana with the support of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture.
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PHOTOS: Ark Event Foundation fetes Dzorwulu Special School

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After breaking boundaries for six months, entertainment event organisers, Ark Events Management last weekend decided to show their entry success with the launch of the foundation called Ark Foundation.

This was done when the team paid a visit to the Dzorwulu Special School and donated some items.

The CEO of Ark Events Management, Jerry Afful explained their effort saying, “ In as much as we are into entertainment and event, we believe that giving back to society is also important hence the birth of Ark Foundation.”

“Our aim is to do more of these things and bring entertainment to the doorstep of the marginalised in the society.”

He continued, “This step is to celebrate with kids who are not able to easily connect society with normal people. These kids are usually indoors. Ark events objective is to connect with these kids like we connect with other kids.

Items donated to the Dzorwulu Special School included Bags of rice, Bags of sugar, Cloths, Drinks, Water estimated to an amount of 6,500 Ghana cedis.

Director of the school, Mr Tetteh thanked the group for their gesture and asked that others especially those in the entertainment fraternity should follow suit.

“It is with great pleasure that we accept these gifts, not because of the items but because of the sector it is coming from. One of the things that keep the children excited is when there is some sort of entertainment so having people from that field to remember us and come, it is fair that we appreciate them.

“I urge others to follow examples like this and not wait for only the festive season to show up, from time to time, they should check up on us. These children are ours and they deserve the love that any other normal child deserves.”

Talking about their experience so far since they came into the entertainment scene, Jerry said, “it has been wonderful but more works need to be done, in terms of equipment and that gap is where we want to fill. We are in to make a difference and very soon Ghanaians will have a different feel when it comes to events organising and supplying logistics. So far we have worked with Manifest, Stonebwoy, EIB Network etc and co and I must say it has been great.”

Ark Event will be handling this years 3 Music Awards.

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Grooms Show off Skills at Happy FM Dream Wedding Cooking Competition

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The perception that men cannot cook was flawed at the just ended Happy FM Dream Wedding Cooking Competition with the grooms cooking various dishes for their brides-to-be.

The competition which forms part of the build up to the main Dream Wedding on February 14 at Cleaver House in Accra, was heavily patronized by friends and families of the grooms who engaged in the cooking competition.

The Happy FM Dream Wedding which has over time evolved from the Happy FM Valentine Mass Wedding, takes on a new exciting twist that leaves a lasting memory in the minds of the couples, as well as their family and friends who witness this special occasion.

After keen contest between the men over the weekend, Ologo Nutella Nyumutei and Barnabas Acquah (from group 1), came first with their well-prepared Rice balls and Groundnut soup. They received an Onga branded Rice Cooker and products from Promasidor.

Eric Adam Brown and Emmanuel Afotey Annang (from Group 5) came second with Banku and Okro stew. They received an Onga branded Blender and products from Promasidor.

Bernard Nutakor and Timothy Amoah (from Group 3), came third with their Beans stew and Plantain. They received an Onga branded Kettle and products from Promasidor.

Speaking at the event, Kwesi Sarpong, Programmes Manager of Happy FM commended the grooms for taking part in the cooking competition and thanked the brides for their support in cheering on their husbands-to-be.

The Happy FM Dream Wedding Cook out was sponsored by Onga.

 

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Chamber of Commerce and Industry France Ghana holds seminar for investors

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The Chamber of Commerce and Industry France Ghana (CCIFG) is currently hosting the CAP Afrique Delegation of African Experts to better understand the market and explore business opportunities. The Delegation is made up of representatives from the regional CCIs in France who through their visit to Ghana can portray to French businesses and investors the opportunities available so as to extend their business activity.

The seminar began with a debriefing by the Ambassador of France to Ghana H.E. Francois Pujolas as well as the Vice-President of the CCIFG Gauthier Pourcelle. In his welcome message to the delegation, the French Ambassador spoke on the positive outlook of the Ghanaian economy pointing out the growth of 7.9% realised in 2017, as well as the drop in inflation from 17% in 2016 to 11.8% in 2017. He also elaborated on the growing relations between Ghana and France which was reinforced by the visit of the President of France, H.E. Emmanuel Macron to Ghana in November. The French President’s visit was part of his attempt to modernise France’s relations with Africa by emphasising business links, education and sport rather than development aid. He discussed further this relationship through the activity of French businesses in Ghana citing examples such as Air France with the introduction of direct flights between Ghana and Paris. He mentioned this has boosted economic relations as well as import and export via air cargo between both countries. He also made mention of the merger between Danone and Fanmilk who are successful in Ghana with their milk-based products, Cocoa Touton Processing Company which is transforming the cocoa processing sector in Ghana, Decathlon’s implantation in Ghana and the partnership between Bolloré and Maersk for the concession of a new terminal at the Tema port and its development.  He concluded that this visit was crucial to further advancing relations between both countries with Ghana being the second largest economy in Ghana.

The Vice-President of CCIFG addressing the delegation spoke on the economic rebound experienced in2017 which gives a positive expectation for 2018. This he said has been fortified with the World Bank ranking Ghana as number one in economic growth in Sub-Saharan Africa.  He attributed the country’s success to its effective democracy which has permitted political stability for about 20 years. He went further to speak on the positive impact that this political stability has given birth. He explained that the viable state of affairs allows the government and investors to engage together on major infrastructure projects, to which he mentioned the Tema Port expansion and the construction of the new airport terminal at the Kotoka International Airport. These projects will result in a tripling of the flow of goods managed, as well as lead to an increase the capacity at the international airport to 5 million passengers thus strengthening its position as the leading logistics hub in West Africa.

The debriefing and welcome conference was followed by a press conference where the media were enlightened on the work of the delegation, the role played by CCI France Ghana and the significance of the CAP Afrique seminar. Speaking on behalf of the CAP Afrique delegation, Bruno MAZUREL from CCI International Auvergne Rhône Alpes said the week-long visit will show first-hand the potential that Ghana presents in addition to giving an even greater understanding of the Anglophone market. This will enable he and the other members of the delegation of African Experts better promote the market to interested investors. Ghana being Anglophone is often overshadowed by the francophone countries and this visit is a huge step to better promote the Ghanaian market to France. The visit will be followed with scheduled trade missions to Ghana during the course of the year. The delegation will visit key infrastructure projects as well as meet with Ghanaian stakeholders and major French players in major sectors in Ghana.

 

Addressing the press, the Managing Director of the CCI France Ghana said there was a need to organise events of this nature to give better exposure to the Ghanaian market. Business activity at the CCIFG also seeks to assist companies in Ghana extend their businesses abroad. As such, CCIFG will organise a business breakfast to educate participants on the opportunities available as well as requirements and other vital information in preparation of a trade mission to France. CCIFG will continue use its extensive network to provide a platform for business development in Ghana, France and abroad.

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