The full programme of free workshops in the Oyé Active Zone this year is revealed!

The full programme of free workshops in the Oyé Active Zone this year is revealed!

With less than three weeks to go until Africa Oyé, we have revealed the programme of free workshops that are taking place throughout the weekend.

Liverpool’s leading world dance company Movema are back to rock Africa Oyé with the biggest Active Zone yet – teaming up with ONE Dance UK, MDI, Brouhaha and Afrobeats to provide the best Afro dance styles for the whole family.

Unlock The Box Youth Dance Battle also returns for the 4th year so if you are 18 or under be ready to show what your moves are made of and win some exciting prizes in the process.

John Collins Fun Fairs will once again be on-site with rides and entertainment and The Oyé Village will feature storytelling, face painting, arts & crafts and so much more, all delivered by top local and international companies.

Kids of all ages have the chance to participate in the FREE music, dance, storytelling and art workshops throughout the day, in and around The Oyé Active Zone, and also at the BAMER tent ran by our charity partner for 2016, Liverpool Mental Health Consortium.

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13.00 – 13.30 – Zumba – Movema – Will Hernandez
A special edition of the International dance-fitness phenomenon incorporating rhythms from the African Diaspora!

14.00 – 14:30 – Main Stage Artist
Special music workshop with one of the main stage festival acts.

15:00 – 15:30 – Unlock the Box Dance – Movema – Talisha Thomas Lindsey
A World dance fusion session for 8-16 year olds.

16:00 – 16:30 – Dancehall – Movema – Penny Caffrey and Helen Wilson

17:00 – 18:00 – Unlock the Box Youth Dance Battle
In partnership with ONEdance UK, Afrobeats, Brouhaha and MDI Liverpool. Come and show us your moves and win prizes!

18.30 – 19:00 – Afrolab – ONE Dance UK Ambassador Kemi Durosinmi

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13.00 – 13.30 – ‘World In A Box’ Family Session – Movema – Pei Tong
A great session for all the family to join in using props and instruments dancing to exciting rhythms from around the world.

14:00 – 14.30 – West Africa Performance and Dance – MDI – Lamin Dumbuya
Back by popular demand! The wonderful Lamin brings his joyous West African class and performances to the Active Zone.

15.00 – 15:30 – Katumba – AfroBrazilian Drumming Workshop
Drumming and singing combined in this wonderful workshop celebrating traditions from Afro-Brazilian culture.

16:00 – 16:30 – Capoeira – Capoeira for All – Instructor Açouguiero
Capoeira is a fascinating afro-brazilian art form combining elements of dance, martial art, music and culture. Suitable for ages 5+

17:00 – 17:30 – Carnival dance – Movema – Ithalia Forel
Learn exciting AfroBrazilian and Caribbean carnival moves ready to hit the street in July in August. A great chance to join Movema Bloco too!

18.00-18.30 – World Fusion – Movema – Movema Dancers
Packed full of vibrant moves and music celebrating diversity and providing an energising cultural experience!

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