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It’s not a wall, it’s a mural! Youth and artists “Imagine Accra” in Kanda community

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Lire en français These days, commuters and residents along the Kanda Expressway between Kawukudi and Kanda have a new view along their community landscape: a bright, expressive art mural at Club 10 junction, painted on a family’s high, cement wall and running more than 50 feet long. “Imagine Accra,” the mural commands in bold, curving…

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The Chale Wote street art festival, and a discussion on local tourism for James Town

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The second installment of the Chale Wote Street Art Festival took place yesterday in Jamestown, the historic section of Accra. The event, produced by Accra[DOT]alt, aims at creating a space for creativity and art in the neighborhood and attracting residents and fans to this historic and culturally rich area in Ghana’s capital city. Last year,…

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Exploring traditional African architecture and urban design

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The traditional, or indigenous, forms of West African design, architecture and planning can on first glance appear low-tech and plebeian: we imagine mud-brick houses and thatched roofs commonplace to rural communities, untarred roads, dilapidated structures, the lack of “improved” technologies like electricity, plumbing and piped water systems, and an agriculture-based economy. But on deeper introspection, we see…

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A Self-invented Bike Culture in Accra

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BIKE LORDZ is a short documentary about the self-taught, self-invented bicycle culture among young people (mostly young men), which has been created, refined and passed on to younger contemporaries over time. The film follows crews of these young bicycle “lordz” as they practice, discuss and hone their craft, perform and try to use their skills…

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Creating a “Cultural Capital”: Transforming Accra into a Hub for Arts, Entertainment, Culture

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Cities are increasingly embracing their local culture as an opportunity to create a distinctive sense of “place,” to improve their image locally and globally, to attract visitors and to stimulate urban economic development. With funding from the United Cities and Local Governments organisation, the city of Accra received substantial funding to promote a cultural mapping project…

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