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Something for the weekend - 16/06/07

We were going to go to the Doctor Who exhibition in Manchester, but with all this free stuff going on right here, you must be joking...

Published on June 15th 2007.

Something for the weekend - 16/06/07

Oyé, Oyé, Oyé, Oyé
It's that time of year again, when you slap the suncream on, don a flowery shirt, make a picnic and eat to the beat in a great big field in Sefton Park.

Yes Africa Oyé is upon is, the UK’s largest free African festival, banging the rainclouds away with some of the continent's finest musicians and performers, all here for your dancing pleasure.

Here’s the best bit though: It’s absolutely free. No doubt you’ll still want to know what you get for your zero pounds. Well, if this week's opening event, at Hope Street Hotel, was anything to go by, rather a lot. A Liverpool Confidential operative was treated to an exclusive pre-festival shindig there, and has not yet learned how to say no to that tenth free rum cocktail.

If you’re hoping for a diverse musical mix, you won’t be disappointed. Cuban rumba, Colombian salsa, Jamaican reggae, Gambian roots, you name it.

Aside from the fantastic music, you can also visit the Oye Village. Expect to experience myriad cuisines, arts and crafts, hair braiding, clothing...Hell, you can even get your face painted.
*Africa Oye. Saturday/Sunday (June 16/17) Sefton Park, Aigburth.

Are you local?
Supermarkets are so yesterday. Why pay over the odds for a lump of plastic cheese that tastes of, well, plastic?

But there is another way: Hope Street Farmers Market, every third Sunday of the month, and that's this one.

Not only is the food delicious but, in buying the produce, you’re also supporting your local farmers, most of whom treat their livestock with respect so that the meat you eat will really taste like it should. And you don't get ripped off either. In many cases it's a lot cheaper than the supermarket and your carbon footprint will be tiny too.

You can walk around at a leisurely pace, perhaps holding a free sample of real ale in one hand and a Foxton's sausage barm in the other, the breeze, the ketchup, running through your hair…
*Farmers Market, Hope Street. Sunday, 9am-2pm

Oh happy day
A magnificent Waterfront Gospel Music Festival is taking place in front of the Maritime Museum on Saturday to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the slave trade and the 800th birthday of the city.

It will feature BBC 1Xtra’s DJ Fitz, bringing you the hottest gospel beats, Cie, Dwayne Tryumf, Watchman, Liverpool’s Love and Joy Gospel Choir, Roger and Sam, Premier Radio’s Muyiwa plus local choirs from City Sings Gospel who have organised it.

Live singing, face painters and street entertainers. You can't get away from them.
*Waterfront Gospel Music Festival – Saturday (June 16), 12-6pm.

Nautical but nice
While we’re down at the waterfront, four of the world's biggest tall ships will be in Liverpool for a weekend of Mersey maritime celebrations

King of them all is the 360ft-long A Class Tall Ship - Dar Mlodziezy - from Poland, which is bigger than Wembley or something.

It has to be moored in Sandon Half-Tide Dock, as it's too big for Wellington Dock, which will host the All Aboard weekend. Joining her is The Stravros S Niarchos (Greece), Next Wave (UK) and the 180ft-long Tenacious (UK) - the largest wooden tall ship of her kind in the world.

You can go on board the ships. A free park and ride service, every 30 minutes from Paradise Street Bus Station, will be in operation to transport visitors to the docks.
*All Aboard, all weekend (June 16-17), north docks.

Compiled by Ben Patey

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