Formed and based here in Liverpool in 2003, the BeatLife percussion troupe combine Afro-Brazilian and Cuban groves with modern urban beats to create a truly international sound. Working with young people from schools across Liverpool as well as their families, BeatLife provides long-term opportunities for learning percussion inside and outside school.

BeatLife have become firm favourites at Africa Oyé – they celebrate their 10th year with us in 2015 – and the band have played at festivals around the world traveling to places as diverse as Portugal, Norway, Malawi and many more besides.

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Kreative Kaos

Kreative Kaos operate out of Liverpool and specialise in creating fun and entertainment for all the family as well as teaching skills for the development of both children and adults.

Running their very own theatre school, Kreative Kaos encourage 6 – 11 year olds to write and produce their own entertainment, and program their own unique kids touring shows. All of their classes focus on developing important social skills and communication which encourages confidence and growth. The classes are accessible to all with no audition or screening process.

Kreative Kaos work with the local community, councils and business to provide accessible fun entertainment and creative engagement to a wide and diverse demographic.

OYÉ ACTIVE ZONE in association with MOVEMA, supported by PH. Holt

The Oyé Active Zone returns for 2015! People of all ages and backgrounds will have the chance to try dance, music and arts activities throughout the weekend lead by top local and international companies.

ALL FOR FREE and open to everyone!


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: Congolese Dance Special Workshop
International Main stage artist Gordon Masiala and his dancers all the way from the Congo, come and learn traditional moves.

15.00 – 15.30: Afro-Latin Dance – Studio Afro Latino
A fun workshop, incorporating the basics of traditional Semba, and a fusion of African beat and house music.

16.00 – 16.30: Afro-Caribbean Dance – Movema
Ithalia Forel Movema will get the crowd dancing around the world, with high energy dance session.

17.00 – 17.30: Unlock the Box Youth Dance Battle
In partnership with Afrobeats Liverpool. Under 30’s come and show us your moves and win prizes!


13.00 – 13.30: ‘World In A Box’ Family Session. Movema – Penny Caffrey
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: Samba de Roda – Movema
Maria Malone Dancing and singing combine 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 World Fusion – Movema
Movema dancers Packed full of vibrant moves and music celebrating diversity and providing an energising cultural experience!


John Collins Fun Fairs will once again be on-site with their family rides and entertainment and there will be the usual wide selections of stalls and traders offering face painting, arts and crafts and much much more. The Oye Active Zone will also give kids of all ages and abilities the chance to participate in dance and music workshops from top local and international companies.

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