What we're about

I quit my job after 12 years in London to embark on an adventure of a lifetime away from the UK. I’ve spent most of the last 4 years travelling the world and have now come to settle in Manchester.

I still do a decent amount of traveling as it has become a lifestyle, so hopefully I’ll be able to put a group trip together in the near future.

A year ago, I had the opportunity of spending a month in each of the African countries I visited (7) and I was in awe of the diversity and richness in the cultures. Puzzling that the world still thinks of all 54 nations in Africa as a single country and this is why I’ve set up this African Social Meetup group.

To create avenues for sharing our various cultures not only amongst ourselves but with people of other nationalities one Meetup at a time.

We’ll meet once or twice a month bonding over drinks, food, theatre , concerts, travel, discussion sessions and whatever else floats our boats. Members should feel free to share event suggestions if they have any.

If you are an entrepreneur, self employed or a creative let me know so we look to organise relevant events to support and help grow our various ventures too.

I look forward to seeing you at a meetup soon.

Regards,

Elsie

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Upcoming events (2)

JUNE .....ISSA Music Festival @ Africa Oyé festival (Day 1)

It is absolutely FREE! Food and drinks can be brought in, though there will be stalls selling some throughout the event. Feel free to bring small tents if you need them and can carry them around. Pets are also welcome but they have to be kept on a lead. The festival kicks off at 12.30 but those who wish to travel by train on the day will meet at Piccadilly station’s main concourse (By the main departure board) at 11.30 and we’ll travel as a group to Sefton Park (Should be fun :-) For those travelling by car? We’ll meet you at the park. An exact location will be communicated nearer the day or on the day. And if you are travelling from out of Manchester by train ? We’ll meet at St Michaels station which is the closest station to Sefton and only a 10-15 minutes walk from the park. As it is a 2 day event I acknowledge some people might want to stay for both days so if you fancy spending the night in Liverpool let me know. I am considering doing so myself. If we have enough people we could make it a night out in Liverpool. I’ll create a separate event for day 2 of the festival. Please ONLY RSVP to the day you wish to attend and CHANGE your rsvp should your availability change. Feel free to ask any questions you may have. I look forward to seeing you all there. Elsie *************************************************************************** Africa Oyé, the UK’s largest free celebration of African music and culture, takes place annually in Liverpool. Beginning in 1992 as a series of small gigs in the city centre, the event has gone from strength to strength, moving to its present Sefton Park home in 2002 to cope with demand. With too many negative representations of Africa entrenched in images of war, disease, poverty and famine, Oyé seeks to redress the balance and highlight the fantastic range of cultures, foods, music and artists that make this great continent one of the most vibrant and inspiring in the world. But Africa Oyé is about more than music… Over 90 stalls selling the best food, drink, arts and crafts and fashion from Africa and beyond will again be present at the Oyé village along with long time supporter ‘News From Nowhere’, one of the UK’s premier stockists of African music, with all the performing artists and much more on sale, it’s a great opportunity to not only take in some of the best roots music around, but take some home with you too. Artists from Malawi, Jamaica and Haiti have been revealed in the final wave of acts for the 27th annual Africa Oyé festival this summer. EVENT LINE UP: Main Stage Artists: The Garifuna Collective Horace Andy BCUC Sofiane Saidi & Mazalda Wesli Jah9 & The Dub Treatment OSHUN Moonlight Benjamin Carlou D Gasper Nali Oyé Introduces: Tabitha Jade Satin Beige — Oyé main stage DJs: TBA Africa Oyé Festival 2019 Sefton Park, Liverpool Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd June 12:30pm – 9:30pm both days / Admission: FREE Funded by Arts Council England & Liverpool City Council

JUNE......ISSA MUSIC FESTIVAL @Africa Oyé Festival (Day 2)

It is absolutely FREE! Food and drinks can be brought in, though there will be stalls selling some throughout the event. Feel free to bring small tents if you need them and can carry them around. Pets are also welcome but they have to be kept on a lead. The festival kicks off at 12.30 but those who wish to travel by train on the day will meet at Piccadilly station’s main concourse (By the main departure board) at 11.30 and we’ll travel as a group to Sefton Park (Should be fun :-) For those travelling by car? We’ll meet you at the park. An exact location will be communicated nearer the day or on the day. And if you are travelling from out of Manchester by train ? We’ll meet at St Michaels station which is the closest station to Sefton and only a 10-15 minutes walk from the park. As it is a 2 day event I acknowledge some people might want to stay for both days so if you fancy spending the night in Liverpool let me know. I am considering doing so myself. If we have enough people we could make it a night out in Liverpool. I have created a separate event for DAY 1 . Please ONLY RSVP to the day you wish to attend and CHANGE your rsvp should your availability change. Feel free to ask any questions you may have. I look forward to seeing you all there. Elsie *************************************************************************** Africa Oyé, the UK’s largest free celebration of African music and culture, takes place annually in Liverpool. Beginning in 1992 as a series of small gigs in the city centre, the event has gone from strength to strength, moving to its present Sefton Park home in 2002 to cope with demand. With too many negative representations of Africa entrenched in images of war, disease, poverty and famine, Oyé seeks to redress the balance and highlight the fantastic range of cultures, foods, music and artists that make this great continent one of the most vibrant and inspiring in the world. But Africa Oyé is about more than music… Over 90 stalls selling the best food, drink, arts and crafts and fashion from Africa and beyond will again be present at the Oyé village along with long time supporter ‘News From Nowhere’, one of the UK’s premier stockists of African music, with all the performing artists and much more on sale, it’s a great opportunity to not only take in some of the best roots music around, but take some home with you too. Artists from Malawi, Jamaica and Haiti have been revealed in the final wave of acts for the 27th annual Africa Oyé festival this summer. EVENT LINE UP: Main Stage Artists: The Garifuna Collective Horace Andy BCUC Sofiane Saidi & Mazalda Wesli Jah9 & The Dub Treatment OSHUN Moonlight Benjamin Carlou D Gasper Nali Oyé Introduces: Tabitha Jade Satin Beige — Oyé main stage DJs: TBA Africa Oyé Festival 2019 Sefton Park, Liverpool Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd June 12:30pm – 9:30pm both days / Admission: FREE Funded by Arts Council England & Liverpool City Council

Past events (1)

HOORAY!!! Our first meet up

Roots Restaurant

£10.00

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