Anthony Walker Festival

Community Event

Greenbank Sports Academy, Greenbank Lane, L17 1AG
13th August 2016 09:30 - 18:00

Merseyside's Police Commissioner is today helping to open the tenth Anthony Walker Festival.

Jane Kennedy is among the guest speakers at the annual free event which aims to bring the community together to promote and celebrate diversity, racial harmony and integrity.

She will join Anthony's mum and the founder of the Foundation, Gee Walker, and Greenbank Cllr Laura Robertson-Collins in welcoming everyone to the popular event in Greenbank Sports Academy on Greenbank Lane.

The festival has now been running for a decade and offers a range of free sports and arts activities for visitors. There will also be market stalls, dance performances and live entertainment.

For sports enthusiasts, the popular basketball tournament runs throughout the day (tip off at 9:30am) and a football competition on the nearby Gaelic football field. Sports taster sessions, football skills workshops and 'sit 'n' fit sessions are scheduled during the day. Disney characters will be on site and they will conduct a couple of 'shake-up' sessions for the younger ones.

The music stage will feature a range of music performed by local artists and bands. This year's event features amongst others; Eleanor Nelly, Royzy, Jack McAllister, Kit McAdam and Skylights.

Other activities on the day include a children's play area, African drumming sessions and a range of information and community stalls. Liverpool Community Health Ambassadors Team will be on hand to offer free health checks, therapies, information and free items for those signing up to health programmes.

The festival is one of the Foundation's flagship events and provides an opportunity for all to come together and personally experience a day of entertainment and activities, of social interaction and harmony with visitors from across Merseyside and further afield.

The day aims to bring the community together to value the rich diversity, cultures, differences that embodies Liverpool of which everyone living in the city is rightly proud. The festival is important to everyone connected to the Foundation and is a fitting tribute to the legacy of Anthony Walker.

This year's festival has been funded by the Mayor's Fund, MSB Solicitors, Investec and Sovini.

Find out more about the Anthony Walker Foundation here