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Bands line up for Anthony Walker festival launch.

THIS weekend sees the ninth annual Anthony Walker Foundation Festival. The launch takes place tonight at Studio 2, Parr Street with performances by MOBO award winning hip hop artist Akala, musician, poet and producer Natt, alt-soul singer-songwriter Kof, Kobi Onyame, Amique, Shoa and Pieces Of A Man. Tomorrow there will be a day of events at Greenbank Sports Academy. Liverpool and Everton Football Clubs will be providing soccer activities, and Anthony's love for basketball is acknowledged with the annual AWF Basketball tournament. Musicians will be taking the stage to entertain visitors at the festival, showcasing some of the city's up-and-coming talent featuring artists such as Mic Lowry and Sophia Ben-Yousef. Other activities include a children's play area, workshops, information stands and free health checks.

The festival will be opened by the Foundation's founder Dr Gee Walker, and TV presenter Tony Morris, a key supporter of the Foundation. The festival and launch party will commemorate the life of Anthony Walker, who was murdered in a racially-motivated attack in 2005. The day brings together people, young and old, local and further afield, to enjoy, value and celebrate diversity and difference. Both events are the culmination of a fortnight of action on Merseyside initiated by Merseyside Criminal Justice Board which saw the launch of the county's Eradicating Hate Crime Strategy. Steph Walker, Anthony's sister says: "Anthony Walker Foundation is grateful to be able to celebrate its ninth festival and would like to thank everyone involved for their hard work and dedication and all our supporters for turning out year after year. "For the Walker family the festival is a very special time for children, young people and families to come out and take part in a day with activities that cover sports, arts, education, entertainment and music. These were some of Anthony's favourite things and we aim to share these activities with you. Anthony was a very special person and was a valuable member of our family and he is dearly missed, but through the work of AWF and events like this his name lives on." For more information see www.anthonywalkerfoundation.com.

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Aug 15, 2014
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