Watch our highlights from Day one of Africa Oyé

THIS WEEKEND SEES THE UK’S BIGGEST FREE CELEBRATION OF AFRICAN AND CARIBBEAN MUSIC AND CULTURE TAKE OVER SEFTON PARK AS AFRICA OYÉ RETURNS FOR ITS 26TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL

Watch our highlights from day one of the festival above and check out what else is still to come with One Trustee Shazney below.

Grammy-nominee Rocky Dawuni and Grammy-winners Inner Circle headline the Saturday and Sunday respectively and are joined by the likes of Orchestre Poly-Rythmo and Sona Jobarteh in what is an eclectic main stage line-up.

Local artists will also join the party with Liverpool’s own Remee kicking off the music line-up on the Saturday and MC Nelson opening proceedings on the Sunday, but not before community performances from dance and theatre companies, Juba de Leao, Movema and Staged Kaos show what they can do.

The Oyé Active Zone (OAZ) will return to provide the best Afro dance styles for the whole family. People of all ages, abilities and backgrounds will have the chance to try African and world inspired dance, music, and arts activities throughout the weekend led by top local and international companies. The whole cultural programme is focused on promoting health and wellbeing, learning and participation.

The Oyé Village features authentic African, Mediterranean, Asian, English and Caribbean cuisine, traditional French crepes, baguettes, paninis, fresh fruit smoothies, cookies, hot donuts and pastries, and fresh ground coffee, stalls selling everything from arts, crafts, hats, clothing, jewellery and accessories, as well as face painting.

Gates open in Sefton Park on Sunday at 12.30pm and the festival is open right the way through until 9.30pm with headliner Inner Circle taking to the stage to close the 26th annual event.

FULL INFORMATION IN THIS YEAR’S FESTIVAL BROCHURE – CLICK HERE

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