Africa Oyé returns to Sefton Park this weekend

Africa Oyé returns to Sefton Park this weekend (16-17 June) for its 26th annual free celebration of African and Caribbean music and culture.

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.

Liverpool’s own Remee will kick off the music line-up on Saturday with MC Nelson opening proceedings on Sunday.

The festival is set to welcome back a host of familiar faces to DJ at the festival this weekend including BBC 1Xtra star Edu and South Africa’s Esa

The popular ‘Freetown’ is also back after its 2017 debut alongside the longstanding ‘Trenchtown’ and Afrobeats Zone with ‘One A Penny Soundsystem’.

Trenchtown

Trenchtown

Meanwhile the Oyé Village features authentic African, Mediterranean, Asian, English and Caribbean cuisine alongside traditional French crepes, baguettes, paninis, fresh fruit smoothies, cookies, hot donuts and pastries, and fresh ground coffee

Stalls will be selling everything from arts, crafts, hats, clothing, jewellery and accessories, as well as face painting.

For the first time festival goers are being invited to 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.

Funded by Arts Council England and Liverpool City Council, Africa Oyé runs from 12:30 – 9:30pm on both days.

Admission to the festival is free.

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