Friday, 16 April 2010

AFRICA OYE ... 19th-20th June, 2010

Africa Oyé is the UK’s largest free celebration of African music and culture and takes place annually in Liverpool. Beginning in 1992 as a series of small gigs in the city centre, the event has gone from strength-to-strength, moving to its present Sefton Park home in 2002 to cope with demand. Now in its nineteenth year, Africa Oyé continues to grow. In 2009 the event attracted an audience of over 20,000 people and even more are expected to attend Oyé 2010

As well as fantastic live music, the Oyé Village offers and arts and crafts market, a variety of African, Indian and Caribbean food, massages, smoothies and a beer tent.

ACTS ALREADY CONFIRMED – Reggae legend Michael Rose from Black Uhuru with his live band (Jamaica).

International superstar Habib Koite (Mali), the unbelievable sounds of The Gangbe Brass Band from Benin, Youssou N'Dour's protégé Carlou D from Senegal, the Salsa/Merengue/reggaeton hybrid band touring the UK for the first time TO'MEZCLAO (Cuba) and a sensational band from Haiti, Ti Coca plus more to be announced.

For the fourth successive year, Green Ant Creative Events has won the contract to produce the Africa Oyé festival 2010, in Sefton Park, Liverpool.

For almost 17 years, Africa Oyé has featured artists from Africa, the Caribbean and the Americas.
Green Ant Events will be in charge of the full production and safety management of the event, including all emergency planning preparation, traders management and site production on the day.

"We are really excited to yet again be working on the UK's largest African festival for the fourth consecutive year. It has grown now to around 25,000 visitors, and continues to be a fantastic success," said Green Ant Events director Joe Blackman.

"We continue to look at ways of creating a more sustainable event, with improved site cleansing and recycling facilities, and more festival site dressing."
Africa Oyé will this year see the expansion of the Oyé Village area, where guests can sample food and buy music, arts and crafts from all over the world.

This year is the Year of Health and Well Being in the Liverpool region, and Oyé hopes to introduce The Health Learning and Participation Zone at the festival, featuring African and Caribbean Dance Workshops by Movema, Capoeira Brazilian Martial Arts performances, holistic therapies and African massage, among other activities.

This FREE event runs from June 19th - 20th, 2010. Opens at 12.30pm until 21.30pm daily. Save the date!

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