Africa Oyé: What’s on where? And how can you keep it a ‘free’ festival?

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 and we met Shazney Edmonson-Spence from the festival to get all the info you need.

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.

Like what you hear on the main stage? CDs from the artists and albums from around the globe can be bought from the News From Nowhere stall!

New for 2018, come and visit Africa Oyé’s Wellbeing Zone! Expect workshops, arts and crafts activities, reiki, massage, and henna with a host of charities and organisations, including Project Riandu, as well as Liverpool Mental Health Consortium, who bring their Headspace Hanger to Sefton Park!

The Oyé Village features storytelling, face painting, drumming workshops, arts & crafts and so much more; all delivered by top local and international companies.

Kids of all ages will also have the chance to participate in FREE music, dance and art workshops. Look out for activities in and around the Oyé Acive Zone and at Greenpeace, Liverpool Mental Health Consortium, Project Riandu and Festival 31, in addition to the Wellbeing Zone.

John Collins Fun Fairs will once again be on-site at Africa Oyé with rides and entertainment. We will also be joined by The LFC Foundation with their Open Goals project which offers FREE sporting activities for children and families.


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