The connection between Ireland and Africa reaches far beyond Dublin and we are excited to announce details of regional celebrations taking place across the country for Africa Day 2018.
In Cork, this year’s celebrations will be launched by the Lord Mayor in Millennium Hall on Thursday, 24th May to be followed by a seminar; “African Migration: Motive, Challenges, Opportunities”. This will be followed by Africa Film Day on Friday, 25th and the Africa Day Family Celebration in Fitzgerald’s Park on Saturday, 26th. African Art Exhibition which will run over a number of days in the New Civic Office of Cork City Council.
In Galway, Africa Day celebrations will run from May 25th – 27th 2018 with a diverse range of events on offer during the three day festival. The SONKE Multi-Cultural Choir Workshop, held in the Presbyterian/Methodist Church in Victoria Place on Friday, May 25th will be an interactive music workshop, celebrating African culture and music. The 11th annual Galway African Film Festival, in the Bank of Ireland Theatre in NUIG will run on May 26th and 27th and will highlight the diversity and range of life experiences on the African continent.
Galway’s main Africa Day event event in Doughiska on Saturday, May 26th will welcome people from the community of all ages and nationalities. A large number of community groups will be involved in the event and look forward to showcasing African culture and society.
Last but not least, a schools’ football event in conjunction with the FAI will involve children from 8 primary schools across Galway encouraging engagement with African history as well as participation in the “Show Racism the Red Card” programme. This will take place on Friday, May 25th.
In Kilkenny, a number of events will take place. June 2nd will see two events taking place; firstly a photographic and arts exhibition where young members of the African community in Kilkenny will have the chance to showcase their creations. Secondly, the Mini Trade and Business Fair will allow African entrepreneurs and business owners to advertise and promote their products and services to the wider community.
June 3rd, will see a Family Fun Day in Kilkenny Castle Park, where the public can enjoy a wide range of African artists, comedians and dance troupes alongside a celebration of the 10th anniversary of the arrival of the Sudanese community to Kilkenny.
In Limerick, the celebrations will commence with an official launch by the Mayor on Monday, May 21st in City Hall and will comprise of a World Recipe Exchange, an African food experience “Now We Cooking”, and Cultural Discovery of Sudan. A series of talks and workshops aimed at raising awareness of African culture and heritage in Limerick will also take place.
In Meath, find a red carpet fashion show in the Meath County Offices on Friday, May 25th that will also feature African dance, art, drumming and face painting, as well as African cuisine.
In Waterford, the city’s Cultural Quarter will host a number of events comprising of African music, dance and food which will all celebrate Africa’s culture and the strong links between Ireland and Africa.
In Wexford, Africa Day 2018 will be marked with the “Living Library” event in which members of the African community living in Wexford will share their personal stories of life in Africa, as well as their life in Ireland, with the wider community. Families are invited to attend at the Presentation Centre Enniscorthy on Friday, May 25th to engage with the African community and to experience African cuisine and culture.
For further information on any of these regional events, visit the relevant County Council’s website or see www.africaday.ie. Don’t forget to keep an eye on the Africa Day Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.