Africa Oyé – Trustee

Term: Ongoing
Hours: Bi-monthly meetings, sporadic hours throughout year
Salary: Voluntary (travel expenses)
Location: Liverpool

With Africa Oyé’s 30th anniversary taking place in 2022, the Liverpool cultural institution is seeking passionate trustees to help influence the direction of the festival and organisation for years to come.

Established in 1992, as part of its annual festival every June Africa Oyé has constantly strived to showcase representations of Africa by shining a light on the incredible array of cultures, food, arts – and of course music – that make the continent so vibrant and inspiring,

Focusing on inclusion and multiculturalism, Africa Oyé has become a truly international event and one of the highlights of Liverpool’s music calendar. Having grown from humble beginnings as a series of small gigs in Liverpool city centre, the past few years have seen record attendances, as up to 80,000 revellers flocked to the beautiful Sefton Park over the summer solstice festival weekend.

With the aim of promoting a positive image of Africa and making the continent and diaspora’s fantastic music and culture available for all, Africa Oyé’s popularity has seen it become not only the biggest African music festival in the UK, but also one of the largest in Europe, bringing in an estimated £2 million to the region’s economy every year.

In addition to the flagship annual festival, Africa Oyé works all year round, taking educational workshops across schools and youth groups; more recently it has also started streaming these sessions online for young people to enjoy remotely. These are hosted on Oyé’s Youtube and Facebook Pages, along with their brand new monthly magazine show – Africa Oyé: Nyumbani – which features concerts, interviews, DJ sets, cooking segments, and much more besides.

Team members also travel internationally to various world music conferences and events, promoting the work of the organisation and Liverpool as a destination and hub of culture and creativity.

In 2019, Africa Oyé won the Impact Award for International Reach and the People’s Choice Award at the Liverpool City Region Culture and Creativity Awards and was also shortlisted for Best Family Festival at the UK Festival Awards. Africa Oyé also features on the newly released Liverpool Edition of Monopoly, which is on sale now nationwide.

Oyé is particularly seeking new trustees with skills in the following areas:

* Company Admin
* Governance
* Finance / Accounting
* Fundraising & Business Development

Sonia Bassey, Chair of Africa Oyé, said, “We are looking for strategic thinkers with strong communication and we need people of integrity with a strong commitment to our aims and a collaborative approach. Our trustees act as a public advocate for the festival both nationally and internationally and will be on hand to help problem solve where necessary. In return you will be joining a Board with a genuine desire to make a difference.”

Applicants are asked to submit a CV by email and a letter of application, no more than 2 sides of A4, to info@africaoye.com.

Closing date: 31 July, 5pm

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