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In pictures: Artists take over Ghana's streets

The streets of Ghana's capital have been alive with artistic talent, from photography and graffiti to live music and DJ sets, says photographer Nana Kofi Acquah, who joined the crowds enjoying a four-day cultural festival:

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Image caption The annual Chale Wote Street Art Festival took place in Accra's historic James Town district - with the Nugbor Ye Djen Acrobatic Group proving a big hit with the younger generation.
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Image caption More than 200 artists and performers took part. This performance piece, called African Resurrect, provided some high-concept food for thought.
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Image caption Creativity of any kind is what counts for those wanting to take part. Here, artists from South Africa and Ghana teamed up to paint a mural on this run-down hotel.
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Image caption It is also a chance for residents to enjoy themselves. Here, girls take a break from the art to play Ampe, a traditional Ghanaian children's game.
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Image caption James Town is also the heart of Ghana's boxing heritage, with many taking up the sport from a young age.
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Image caption One of the main themes of this year's festival was "Africa Electronics" embraced by Steloo, one of Ghana's biggest DJs pictured here before playing his set.
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Image caption It also inspired people to create their own futuristic masks.
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Image caption Some of the artists painted for onlookers. The colonial-era James Town lighthouse provided a popular subject.
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Image caption The festival, which is in its fifth year, extends to the city centre, where children perform a ritual as part of the Homowo harvest festival.
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Image caption The Ga community, the traditional residents of Accra, take part in the event, with a chief sprinkling food as part of a prayer ceremony to encourage a bountiful harvest.
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Image caption And for the revellers, the open-air musical performances went on into the night.

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