Africa Oyé Festival returns this June in its 30th anniversary year

A massive dose of good news as Africa Oyé announces June dates for 2022 for its 30th anniversary.

Following a two-year hiatus brought on by the pandemic, Africa Oyé have announced the return of their iconic festival to Liverpool’s Sefton Park this summer in what will be their 30th anniversary year.

One of the region’s most beautiful green spaces will once again be filled with the music and culture of Africa, the Caribbean and the diaspora, for two free days of live music, DJs and dance, as well as workshops, food stalls and a range of traders in the Oyé Village.

Beginning in 1992 as a series of gigs in the city centre, Africa Oyé has evolved into one of Liverpool’s most beloved annual events, attracting artists and attendees from across the globe.

Paul Duhaney, Artistic Director of Africa Oyé, said: “We want to make 2022 a really special year for Africa Oyé. Not only are we returning after two years without a festival, the year also marks our 30th anniversary and we have a programme of multi-arts events under the ‘Oyé 30‘ banner; working with organisations and partners that we’ve had the pleasure of collaborating with these past three decades.

We’ve had so many lovely messages of support during the pandemic, and our audience have been supporting us by buying merchandise and donating via our website to help keep Oyé free. We know how much the festival was missed over the last two years and we can’t wait to be back.”

This year’s Africa Oyé festival will take place on June 18 and 19 2022, in Liverpool’s Sefton Park from 12:30pm until 9:30pm both days and entrance is FREE.

We had a wander through our photo gallery. Here are some of the highlights.

Sonah Jobarteh
Moonlight Benjamin
Kasai Masai
Oyé crowd
Bollocks to Brexit
Max Romeo
Max Romeo
Dobet Gnahore
Daby Touré
Oyé Reflected
Red Stripe

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