Welcome to the Oyé Village!
Established in 2012, Trenchtown was the festival’s inaugural dedicated DJ stage. At the far end of the park, Trenchtown is soundtracked by some of the country’s top Afro-centric DJs as well as home-grown selectors playing music from across the African diaspora; dub, reggae, ska, jazz, Afrobeat, house and much more. Trenchtown also features the original Oyé Inn, our merchandise stall, and a comfortable seating area ideal for chilling out. For those feeling more active, there will also be plenty of space for dancing the weekend away!
Now in its third year at Oye, Free town is back for 2019, soundtracking our second bar. Freetown will be hosting a wealth of DJs playing Afrobeat, reggae, dub, funk, soul, hiphop and jazz.With a seating area ideal for chilling out and a dancefloor for those feeling more like moving, be sure to pay a visit.
Kids Area & Things To Do
At the festival this year there are plenty of things for children and families to get involved in! The Oyé Village features storytelling, face painting, drumming workshops, arts and crafts and so much more; all delivered by top local and international companies. Kids of all ages will also have the chance to participate in our FREE music, dance, art and craft workshops. Look out for activities in and around the Oyé Active Zone, with dance classes all day; Incredible Oceans, telling critical ocean-saving stories, using arts and science. And, take action on plastic with ‘Oyé’s Agile Plastic Tactics’- shred your drinks cup in to flakes, melt them in the molding machine, and pull the lever of the future. John Collins Fun Fairs will once again be on-site at Africa Oyé with rides and entertainment. We will also be joined by The LFC Foundation with their ‘Open Goals’ Project, which offers FREE sporting activities for children and families.
Oyé Active Zone
Celebrate the 10th birthday of the Oyé Active Zone and Liverpool’s leading world dance company Movema. To celebrate our first decade, we will have performances and workshops for you to enjoy, each day of the festival. Bringing the best Afro dance styles for the whole family. The whole cultural programme is focused on promoting health and wellbeing, learning and participation… so wind it up and get on down! Kicking the festival off with a special commemoration of the Wind rush generation and their legacy.
ALL FOR FREE and open to everyone!
Food, Arts & Crafts Stalls
Authentic African, Mediterranean, Asian, English and Caribbean cuisine, traditional French crepes, baguettes, paninis, fresh fruit smoothies, cookies, hot donuts and pastries, and fresh ground coffee… and much more besides! PLUS: Stalls selling everything from arts, crafts, hats, clothing, jewellery and accessories, and don’t forget the face painters! You can also find local charities, training, demonstrations, information, support, workshops, therapies, attractions, storytelling and more, all in the Oyé Village.
News From Nowhere
This year we say a fond farewell and thank you to our friends at News From Nowhere, who have been a main stay of the festival, selling CDs of the artists playing each year, as well as their huge range of music from across the globe. 2019 will be their final year trading at Oyé, so do head over to their stall, and who knows, you may discover your new favourite artist!
At the official Africa Oyé Merchandise stand in Trenchtown, you can help support the festival by purchasing from the wide selection of t-shirts, tote bags and more! Buying merchandise not only helps fund the festival, but is a great way to show your support for Oyé all year round! Don’t have the cash on you? No worries! We now take card payments and you can order from the website at africaoye.com/shop to get them delivered direct to your door.
Volunteers: Africa Oyé needs YOU!
Each year, an enormous amount of effort goes into ensuring that the Oyé festival takes place. Due to the ever-growing popularity of the event, this is becoming increasingly challenging… and that is where you come in!
The role of an Oyé Representative is an essential part of the festival, the opportunity to meet our audience only comes around once a year. We’re looking for people to help create positive relations with our attendees, and raising funds to sustain future festivals.
Throughout the day Oyé Representatives collect donations, ask our audience to complete questionnaires, and distribute in formation about the festival.
To get involved, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Official After Parties
When we wrap up at Sefton Park, make the short journey to the city centre or Smithdown Road, where a host of Liverpool-based promoters and venues have put to get her fantastic Oyé after parties to keep you dancing into the small hours. All featuring music spanning Afrobeat, dub, reggae, Afrohouse, Afrofunk, jazz, soul and world sounds.
Join us at The Merchant on Friday 21st for a festival warm up party. Free Entry!
Click here for all your post and pre-festival parties
We now have three licenced bars on site in the festival grounds, with all day long DJ sessions at ‘Trenchtown’ and ‘Freetown’ and the return of our third bar for 2019. Barefoot Wine will also be onsite; look out for their pop up stall!
Please drink sensibly!
A percentage of money spent on Oyé merchandise and at the Oyé Inns will be invested back into supporting the festival.