Active Zone returns to Africa Oyé with free family activities all weekend

Active Zone returns to Africa Oyé with free family activities all weekend

With less than two weeks to go until the biggest free festival of African music and culture in the UK, Africa Oyé have revealed the programme for the active zone; a weekend of free activities that are taking place over the June festival weekend in Sefton Park. 

On 16th and 17th June, in association with Liverpool’s leading world dance company Movema, 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.

Maria Malone, Co-Director of Movema, said “It’s a Super-Active-Zone this year with more activities than ever, including some great new additions such as a collaborative workshop with the floor-shaking band Juba do Leao and more!”

As well as Movema’s high energy dance workshops, other activities include a capoeira session by ‘Capoeira For All’; a fascinating Afro-Brazilian art form combining elements of dance, martial art, music and culture.

Plus, ahead of their main stage performance, Kasai Masai will bring the moves and sounds from the Democratic Republic of Congo right to Sefton Park, taking the audience on a journey of African rhythms using music and dance, adding fun and creation into your day.

Healthy Souls will host a class for both yoga enthusiasts and festival-goers, which will include a unique blend of yoga and live African-influenced music. Plus, Movemawill host a session for all the family to learn and celebrate culture, language, and celebrations through dancing to exciting rhythms, using props and instruments from around the world

Photo: Mark McNulty

The OAZ will also see the return of the ever-popular Unlock The Box, where 18-and unders will get an open platform to share their skills and win some exciting prizes.

“‘Something for everyone’ can be a bit of a tired cliche but with workshops covering everything from dance and music to yoga and capoeira, it really is true of our festival” says Artistic Director, Paul Duhaney. “All the activities are free to take part in and all ages are catered for; the Active Zone really has grown into one of the highlights of Oyé each year”. 

The 2018 Africa Oyé festival will take place on 16th and 17th June, 2018 in Liverpool’s Sefton Park. The Oyé Active Zone is FREE and open to everyone.

The full line-up for the Active Zone can be found below. For more information on the Africa Oyé festival, please visit africaoye.com

Held over two days in June 2014, Africa Oyé is the UK”s largest free African Music Festival. The event is annual and is held in Liverpool’s Sefton Park.

Saturday 16th June

13:00 to 13:30 Côco – Movema and Juba do Leão
A fun and simple social dance from the north east of Brazil accompanied by Juba do Leão, a floor-shaking Brazilian band from Manchester!

14:00 to 14:30 Congelese Dance Session
Main Stage Artist, Kasai Masai, will bring the moves and sounds from the Democratic Republic of Congo right to Sefton Park.

14:30 to 15:00 Music Jam – Our Neck of the Woods
As seen on Church Street, a session for everyone to groove to the beat of their own drum. The aim is to encourage creative confidence, spontaneity, and connection through rhythmical communication.

15:00 to 15:30 ‘World In A Box’ 
A great session for all the family to learn and celebrate culture, language, and celebrations through dancing to exciting rhythms, using props and instruments from around the world.

16:00 to 16:30 Salsa // Movema: Pei Tong
Fun Salsa class with solo and partner work. Dance to theAfro-Latin rhythms of Puerto Rico and Cuba.

17:00 to 17:30 Afro-Caribbean Dance // Talisha Thomas-Lindsay
Get in the Caribbean groove to Soca, Dancehall and AfroBeat tunes and learn the latest and freshest moves with this wonderful dancer.

17:30 to 18:00 Unlock the Box
Dance Battle in partnership with Afrobeats Liverpool, all 18 and unders welcome. Live DJ’s, 4 age categories and a stage.

Sunday 17th June

13:00 to 13:45 Yoga – Healthy Souls // Natasha Wilksberg
A unique blend of yoga and live African-influenced music, combining yoga practice with the means of connecting with others.

14:00 to 14:30pm World Fusion // Movema – Penny Caffrey
A special edition version of the signature class taking you around the world to dance to the rhythms of the African diaspora with expert world dance practitioners.

14:30 to 15:00 African Drum Workshop // Liver Drummers
Play along with traditional and modern West African rhythms. Drums provided. All welcome!

15:00 to 15:30 African Dance Performance and workshop // Movema & Liver Drummers – Maria Malone
Starting with an energising dance demo of ‘Balakiuandjan’, then followed by a workshop for all to learn traditional move to nourish your mind and body.

16:00 to 16:30 Capoeira Suitable for ages 4+ // Capoeira for All – Instructors Jason & Fada
Capoeira is a fascinating Afro-Brazilian art form combining elements of dance, martial art, music and culture.

16:30 to 17.00 Pandeiro- Milena Sá
Learn vibrant Brazilian tambourine rhythms such as Côco, Samba, Funk Choro, Maracatu, Ciranda and Capoeira with this expert musician all the way from Brazil.

17:00 to 17:30 Samba de Roda // Movema – Maria Malone & Milena Sá.
Dancing, pandeiro and singing combine in this wonderful workshop celebrating traditions from Afro-Brazilian culture.

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The 2018 Africa Oyé festival will take place on 16th and 17th June, 2018 in Liverpool’s Sefton Park from 12:30pm til 9:30pm both days and entrance is FREE. For more information on the festival and other events held across the country by Africa Oyé please visit africaoye.com.