After an early scare of rain on Saturday morning, this year’s Africa Oyé festival brought the sun, sights and sounds of Africa to Liverpool’s Sefton Park, truly making it a weekend to remember.
Matching last year’s record-breaking footfall of 80,000 across the weekend, the masses flocked to see artists from Africa, the Caribbean, and South America tear up the Oyé stage; as well as a few home-grown talents. There were also plenty of people eager to take part in the many free dance and music workshops on offer throughout the weekend.
Organisers extended their thanks to everyone who made the festival possible. Artistic Director, Paul Duhaney said, “Even when the rain was coming down early on Saturday, there were still people setting up tents on the park and dancing – we really do have the best festival audience in the world”
“I’d like to thank the amazing support from Arts Council England and the continued assistance from Liverpool City Council as well as our brilliant sponsors and partners.”
The festival itself is a registered charity, which meant that once again it was free entry for everyone. Duhaney is confident that Oyé will continue to be free in the years to come, especially with the continued support of their fans: “We had a record number of donations via our charity buckets this year and we had more merchandise available for fans than ever before.”
Here’s hoping that Africa Oyé continues to grow over the coming years, and that it carries on making a name for itself as one the best festivals in the region to visit.
**Oyé supporters can help keep the event free using the festival’s text donation service via ‘JustGiving’ by Vodafone. Just text ‘DYYV03’ then the amount you are donating to 70070 via any UK mobile phone (usual SMS network charges apply)**