Africa Oyé Festival
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|Country and Region||United Kingdom — England|
|Type of Festival||Music|
|Location of Festival||Liverpool, England UK|
|Festival Contact Information|
Africa Oyé Ltd.
Africa Oye is a celebration of African music, 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 Oye continues to grow.
With too many negative representations of Africa entrenched in images of war, disease, poverty and famine, Oye seeks to redress the balance and highlight the fantastic range of cultures, foods, music and artists that make this great continent one of the most vibrant and inspiring in the world. The festival is also a truly international event that harnesses the spirit of multiculturalism and tolerance. It has played host to artists from nations right across Africa and also programmes music from South America and The Caribbean with Salsa, Soca and Reggae always a popular addition to the festivities. But Africa Oye is about more than music. Over 70 trading stalls selling the best food, drink, arts and crafts and clothes from Africa and beyond. There will be children's entertainment and free learning participation workshops.
|Festival Dates||June 21 - 22, 2014|
- Africa Oyé returns to Sefton Park, Liverpool in 2014, bigger and better than ever! With acts from across Africa and the Caribbean set to arrive in the city this summer and with the addition of more traders and a funfair for the kids, Oyé’s 22nd year is shaping up to be one to remember. Artistic Director, Paul Duhaney is especially looking forward to this summer’s festival. “There are some stunning artists coming to perform in Liverpool from Africa and all over the diaspora in 2014” he said. “We’ve got more fantastic traders and stalls and of course the best festival audience in the UK.” Arts Council England is also proud to support Oyé once again in 2014. “The Arts Council aims to achieve great art and culture for everyone and Oyé contributes significantly to this, ensuring that talent and artistic excellence are thriving and celebrated” they said. “Oyé supports new and innovative work to ensure it can reach more and more people, both nationally and internationally.” Africa Oyé, the UK’s largest free celebration of African music and culture, 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. Oyé attracts artists from right across Africa as well as South America and the Caribbean.
Announced lineup 2014:
- Finley Quaye (UK) — headliner
- Jupiter & Okwess International (D.R. Congo)
- Wara (CUBA)
- HAJAmadagascar & The Groovy People (Madagascar)