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Africa Oyé aim to inspire children with music workshops

INSPIRE: Africa Oyé and NuTribe will be working with five schools across the North West

AFRICA OYÈ, the organisation behind the annual festival held in Liverpool’s Sefton Park is holding a series of workshops with schoolchildren across the North West this month.

The project will see Africa Oyé partner with 5 schools in the region including LIPA Sixth Form and St Francis Assisi. Staged Kaos and Liverpool-based community groups will also be joining in some of the events.

Abbey Andersen, project coordinator at Africa Oyé, said: “The workshops are focused on music and dance all the while, connecting to deeper values and messages including being accepting of different cultures, being kind to each other, how we use language and also ways to improve our mental wellbeing by looking after ourselves and each other.

“The workshops are designed to adapt to different age groups which means we can work with early years including reception all the way up to sixth-form and college level.”

Each session will vary slightly but around 30 children will take part at a time, learning a short song or rhythm from the artists. Instead of using instruments the children will use their bodies and their voices to create music.

Andersen said: “To experience music, you do not need instruments or be able to sing, you just need to be present.”

In addition to the annual festival, the organisation aims to educate children and adults on the vibrancy of world cultures in an attempt to harness the spirit of multiculturalism and tolerance.

The Africa Oyé festival, the UK’s largest free celebration of African and Caribbean music and culture, takes place every June in Sefton Park, Liverpool.

The festival, which was established in 1992 as a series of gigs in the city centre, now attracts more than 50,000 people from around the world every year.

Africa Oyé is a registered charity and partially funded by Arts Council England and Liverpool City Council.

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