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.
With too many negative representations of Africa entrenched in images of war, disease, poverty and famine, Oyé 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 Oyé is about more than music... Over 40 stalls selling the best food, drink, arts and crafts and fashion from Africa and beyond will again be present at the Oyé village along with long time supporter 'News From Nowhere', one of the UK's premier stockists of African music, with all the performing artists and much more on sale, it's a great opportunity to not only take in some of the best roots music around, but take some home with you too.
At the end of the motorway take the A5080 (merges with A5047) Edge Lane heading towards the City Centre. Continue straight ahead for about ¾ of a mile then turn left into Durning Road. Continue straight ahead for ¾ mile through Tunnel Road, and then Lodge Lane. At the end of Lodge lane turn left into Croxteth Road, then take the first right into Croxteth Drive. You are now in Sefton Park. Continue left along Croxteth Drive and you will come to the festival site.
Take the Northern Line towards Hunts Cross and get off at St Michaels. Walk down Belgrave Road to Aigburth Road, then cross the road onto Lark Lane and walk the full length of Lark Lane and you'll come to Sefton Park. The walk is about 1 mile.
There are a number of buses that will take you to Sefton Park -
Saturday & Sunday: Route 75: from Liverpool ONE Bus Station or Great Charlotte Street to Ullet Road - every 10 minutes. Routes 80/80A: from Liverpool ONE Bus Station or Great Charlotte Street to Ullet Road - combined, every 10 minutes. Saturday only: Route 173: from Liverpool ONE Bus Station or Great Charlotte Street into Sefton Park - every 60 minutes.
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