Get on these activities & workshops you can get involved in during Africa Oyé 2017

Liverpool’s leading world dance company Movema are back to rock Africa Oyé’s 25th anniversary festival with a bumper Active Zone full of free workshops for all ages.

The Oyé Active Zone is FREE and open to everyone with the whole cultural programme focused on promoting health and wellbeing, learning and participation. Liverpool dance company Movema will be teaching the latest African dance moves for 2017 and young dancers can put their moves to the test in the Unlock The Box Youth Dance Battle, back for the 5th year running.

Full Active Zone Line-Up:

Saturday 17th June, Sefton Park
1 to 1:30pmWorld In A Box with Movema
Travel the world with Movema. A great session for all the family to learn and celebrate language and culture through dancing to exciting rhythms, using props and instruments from around the world.

1.30 to 2pm: Capoeira (Suitable for ages 4+) with Capoeira for All: Instructor Açouguiero
Capoeira is a fascinating Afro-brazilian art form combining elements of dance, martial art, music and culture.

2 to 2:30pm: Salsa with Movema’s Pei Tong
Fun salsa class with solo and partner work. No need to bring your own partner – but you can if you like!!

3 to 3:30pmAfrican Dance Performance and Workshop with Movema’s Ithalia Forel and Liver Drummers
This will start with an energising dance – ‘Sinte’ – a rhythm played for celebrations in Guinea. Then followed by a workshop for all to learn traditional moves to nourish your mind and body.

4 to 4:30pmAfrican Drum Workshop with Liver Drummers
Join the Liver Drummers and learn traditional and modern West African rhythms. All welcome. Limited drums available so arrive in time or bring your own drum to join in the celebration!

5 to 5:30pm‘Unlock the Box’ Youth Dance Battle in partnership with Afrobeats Liverpool – all 18 and unders welcome
Live DJ’s, 4 age categories and a stage, get ready to be King or Queen of the Dance Battle 2017. Come and show us your moves, prizes for the winners!

5.30 to 6pm: Dancehall Workshop with Collecta
Collecta bring the latest Jamaican Dancehall moves to the park, to get you moving. Passionate about showing authenticity and making work accessible for all. A perfect session to end Day 1 or get you ready for the after party!

Sunday 18th June, Sefton Park

1 to 1:30pmCapoeira (Suitable for ages 4+) with Capoeira for All: Instructor Açouguiero
Capoeira is a fascinating Afro-brazilian art form combining lements of dance, martial art, music and culture.

2 to 2.30pmBeatlife and Kinetika Bloco Performance
A new addition to the active zone, BeatLife have teamed up with Kinetika Bloco to present a drum and brass performance with young people from Liverpool and London. An explosive and unique British Carnival sound. Funded by Arts Council England.

2.30 to 3pmWest Africa Performance and Dance with Dance Culture: Lamin Dumbuya
Back by popular demand! The wonderful Lamin, from Sierra Leone,  brings his joyous West African class and performances to the Active Zone.

3.30 to 4pmWorld In A Box with Movema
Travel the world with Movema. A great session for all the family to learn and celebrate language and culture through dancing to exciting rhythms, using props and instruments from around the world.

4 to 4.30pm: ‘HAJAmadagascar & The Groovy People
Main stage artist ‘Haja’ will take people on ‘a journey to Madagascar’ using music and dance to add fun and creation into your everyday.

5 to 5.30pm: Samba de Roda with Movema’s Maria Malone
Dancing and singing combine in this wonderful workshop celebrating traditions from Afro-Brazilian culture.

Africa Oyé’s 25th Anniversary festival will take place on 17th and 18th June in Sefton Park, from 12:30pm until 9:30pm both days. Entrance is FREE for all. For more information, please visit africaoye.com.

Main Stage Line-Ups, Sefton Park 

Saturday 17th June, 2017
(In order of appearance)

KAOS (Community Performance)
Katumba (Community Performance)

Oyé Introduces: Nutribe & Butcha B

Bonga (Angola)
Daby Touré (Mauritania)
Dobet Gnahoré (Côte d’Ivoire)
Black Prophet (Ghana)
Mokoomba (Zimbabwe)

Sunday 18th June, 2017
(In order of appearance)

Beatlife & Kinetika Bloco (Community Performance)

Oyé Introduces: Anwar Ali & Dave Owen

HAJAmadagascar & The Groovy People (Madagascar)
Diabel Cissokho (Senegal)
Dizzy Mandjeku & Odemba OK Allstars (DR Congo)
Jupiter & Okwess International (DR Congo)
Max Romeo (Jamaica)

Upcoming #Oye25 Associated Events (MORE TBA)

2017 will be Africa Oyé’s 25th Anniversary Year and will see a whole host of events programmed around the annual festival in June under the ‘Oyé 25’ banner:

8th June 2017
WORLD – Keith’s Vinyl Night (Africa Oyé Special)
Keith’s Wine Bar, Lark Lane, Liverpool – FREE ENTRY
More Info

10th & 11th June 2017
Positive Vibration – Festival of Reggae
Baltic Triangle, Liverpool
More Info

19th June – 19th July 2017
Festival 31 – Celebrating Refugee Arts & Culture
Various Venues, Liverpool
More Info

22nd & 23rd September, 2017
SONGHOY BLUES @ Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia
Baltic Triangle, Liverpool
More Info

Artist and Traders applications are now closed.

The Africa Oyé festival is the biggest free celebration of African and Caribbean music and culture in the UK, taking place every June in the picturesque surroundings of Sefton Park in Liverpool. Having grown from humble beginnings in 1992 as a series of gigs in the city centre, Oyé now attracts crowds of over 50,000 people from all over the world each year and is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2017.

Africa Oyé is a registered charity and partially funded by the Arts Council of England North West and Liverpool City Council.

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For more information on Africa Oyé’s 25th Anniversary celebrations, visit africaoye.com

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