Irish Aid’s flagship ‘Africa Day Dublin’ event will take place in Farmleigh Estate in the Phoenix Park on Sunday, 21st May 2017. Africa’s rich culture will be showcased through family-friendly activities, along with music, performances, sport and educational elements. We are really looking forward to another fantastic year and hope to see you all there!
Africa Day, designated by the African Union as an annual celebration of the continent’s unity, falls on 25th May each year. Celebrations to mark the day occur across the globe: in some African states, it is a designated national holiday, while in diverse cities – such as New York, London and Washington – academic gatherings and cultural showcases mark the day.
Irish Aid at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has been the driving force behind Africa Day celebrations in Ireland since 2006. Initially, it worked to fund and promote a small number of events centring around culture and policy. In 2008, it expanded the profile of activities by hosting a significant family day event in Dublin. This was followed by the roll-out of flagship celebratory events – in Dublin and Limerick – during the subsequent two years. In addition to these flagship events, Irish Aid supported a programme of community-based and policy-focused initiatives around the country. Over the past ten years, the national programme of events and the profile of Africa Day in the media has grown consistently.
In 2012 ‘Africa Day Dublin’ took place in the CHQ on George’s Quay. It was a colourful 2 day affair that attracted over 10,000 visitors. Since 2013 Farmleigh Estate in the Phoenix Park has been home to the flagship event. That year over 34,000 people took part in the festivities. 2014 had over 27,000 people brave the adverse weather conditions to attend. 2015 saw a crowd of over 27,000 people come out to enjoy the festivities in the sun. 2016 was one of our biggest years yet with 33,000 people attending Africa Day Dublin. Check out the video of last year’s event above!