Ahead of its 24th annual festival this June, Africa Oyé has announced a partnership with Liverpool’s Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and Refugee (BAMER) Mental Health Strategy Group – part of Liverpool Mental Health Consortium.
The BAMER Group’s aim is to make sure that everyone who’s experiencing anxiety, stress, depression – or other forms of mental distress – can get access to the advice, information, support or advocacy they need, quickly and effectively, whilst having their cultural needs met.
The partnership will see Liverpool Mental Health Consortium (LMHC) having an awareness-raising presence at the UK’s biggest free festival of music and culture from Africa, which takes place in Sefton Park next month. It’s a partnership that Africa Oyé’s Artistic Director, Paul Duhaney is thrilled to have organised.
“We’ve teamed up with some great mental health charities over the years such as CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) and I’m really pleased that we can carry on in that vein this year with LMHC.” Paul said. “The BAMER group is a really important hub for the minority communities of Liverpool and hopefully teaming up with them at the festival will let more people know that help is there for them if they need it”
Andrew Lynch, Chair of Liverpool BAMER Mental Health Strategy Group said, “For LMHC, the partnership with Oyé provides opportunities to reach BAMER communities (often easy to ignore) in a positive environment. We like to reach our audience in creative ways and we believe in the power of supporting each other and having fun together. That’s also what Africa Oyé is all about! We think this festival is good for Liverpool’s collective mental health and that’s why we’re proud to be part of it.”
The partnership will also see Africa Oyé programming acts for this year’s Liverpool Mental Health Festival on 1st-14th October 2016, with more details to be announced later in the year.
Andrew Lynch, Chair of Liverpool BAMER Mental Health Strategy Group