Schools and youth organisations across Merseyside will be part of Liverpool’s festival season this year thanks to a new participation project.
Children will be taught about the music and culture of Madagascar when Africa Oye tours the region with musician Haja, from the African island’s band HAJAmadagascar & the Groovy People.
Africa Oye’s Artistic Director Paul Duhaney is pleased to be able to bring the popular back to Liverpool after two previous appearances at the Sefton Park festival.
He says: “We’re really excited to be bringing Haja back to Liverpool after his second Africa Oye festival set in 2014.
“We were able to hold a couple of workshops with him back then but this time we’re able to visit a lot more schools and youth groups.
“He’s got an enthusiasm that resonates with the kids and his workshops are loads of fun whilst still being genuinely educational.”
In addition to the annual festival in the city, Africa Oye aims to educate both children and adults on the variety of the world’s different societies to promote multiculturalism and tolerance.
For the past 10 years the festival has provided exploration of cultures in the form of workshops with artists and organisations all providing a space for children to embrace something new and to get out of the classroom.
Haja, together with organisations MOVEMA and Kreative Kaos, will be touring schools in the region from 22 February until 4 March to get children from across Merseyside involved in dancing and singing while learning about Madagascar.