AP gets energetic at Africa Oye

Africa Oye, Movema, Appreciating People, sponsorshipAP is sponsoring local social enterprise Movema this weekend at Liverpool’s Africa Oye, the largest celebration of African music and culture in the UK, and one of the Times’ top 50 UK summer festivals.

Movema, which has worked extensively with Appreciating People over the last few years, will be hosting the Oye Active Zone (OAZ), which includes a range of music, singing, arts and dancing workshops, which anyone can join in with, for free.

On Saturday Liverpool will be attempting to get into the record books by getting the whole park dancing, as its part in Big Dance 2012, part of the London 2012 Olympics Festival.

Singing workshops will be staged by Sense of Sound, stars of BBC1’s The Choir, and the Youth Dance Battle will provide an open platform for young people to share their dance skills.

National Museums Liverpool is staging an African mask and adinkra making workshop, and Brouhaha hosts an internatioanl carnival tent, showcasing costumes from 2012’s carnival parade, and teaching African dance and soca and xhosa singing workshops.

For those feeling less energetic, there’ll also be a Chill Zone, courtesy of Mindfully Balanced and Merseyside Dance Initiative.

The entire cultural programme is focused on promoting health and wellbeing, learning and participation.

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Suzanne Quinney, AP’s co-director, said: ‘We love working with Movema – they provided some energetic entertainment for our fifth birthday party last year, and never fail to make us feel energised and inspired. It’s great for us to have the chance to sponsor them, and help make what they do available to such a huge audience.’

Africa Oye takes place this weekend – 23 and 24 June – in Liverpool’s Sefton Park. It’s completely free, and runs from 12:30pm to 9:30pm on both days. If you’re interested in the OAZ, or any of the other performers this weekend, you can download the OAZ programme here, and find more details on Oye’s website.