Oyé Village

Welcome to the Oyé Village!


At the far end of the park, Trenchtown is soundtracked by some of the country’s top Afro-centric DJs as well as selectors playing reggae, dub and more. Trenchtown also features The 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! A percentage of money spent in Trenchtown is invested back into keeping Africa Oyé free for all.



Head to the DJ area soundtracking Oye’s second bar! DJs playing the finest in hip-hop, funk, dub, reggae and Afro-centric sounds. A percentage of money spent at the bar in Freetown is invested back into keeping Africa Oye free for all.

Kids Area & Things To Do

The Oyé Village features storytelling, face painting, drumming workshops, arts & 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 FREE music, dance and art workshops. Plus science activities – including quizzes, making DNA bracelets and mural painting, as well as first aid and British Sign Language [BSL] workshops throughout the day. Look out for activities
in and around the Oyé Active Zone and at Project Riandu, Rainbow4 Africa, The Genome Project, North West Cancer Research and Festival 31. John Collins Fun Fairs will once again be on-site at Africa Oyé with rides and entertainment.

Afrobeats and One a Penny Zone

Afrobeats Liverpool is a charity initiative established in 2013 in the heart of Liverpool to promote local hip-hop, R&B, soul, jazz and more traditional African music. Since the formation of the organisation, they have partnered with various charities in promoting community involvement through music in a range of local and international projects. With the exceptional growth of African music outside of the continent, Afrobeats has become a popular musical genre; enjoyed all over the world. It is now one of the most recognisable new music genres,with its exuberant style and polyrhythms.

They are joined by One A Penny, a long established Liverpool sound system, bringing reggae, ska and dub.

Oyé Active Zone

Liverpool’s leading world dance company Movema are back to rock Oyé with a bumper Active Zone to mark the festival’s 25th anniversary, providing the best Afro dance styles for the whole family. The Oyé Active Zone
is FREE and open to everyone! The whole cultural programme is focused on promoting health and wellbeing, learning and participation…so shake it up and get on down! Movema will be teaching us the latest African
dance moves for 2018.

Young dancers! Unlock The Box Youth Dance Battle comes back for the 6th year, if you are 18 or under be ready to show what you are made of, with exciting prizes to be won – MORE INFO

ALL FOR FREE and open to everyone!



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