This year Irish Aid will be hosting their flagship Africa Day family event on Sunday, 29th May 2016, from 11am to 6pm, in the grounds of the Farmleigh Estate in the Phoenix Park, Dublin. The family-friendly event is also FREE to attend.
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In the ‘Jambo’ Welcome Zone, you will be greeted by the colours and sounds of Africa, kindly brought to you by Irish Aid and the Embassies of Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Morocco, Nigeria and South Africa. Kid’s I.D. wristbands are available at the information point in this zone.
The Kwassa Kwassa Stage, also known as the Main Stage, promises another fantastic line-up for Africa Day 2016. With a collection of old and new artists, this year’s line-up is not to be missed!
The Atilogwu Stage this year will feature sets dedicated to Rap, Hip-Hop and R’n’B. As always, stage coordinator, Timi ‘Tim Dogg’ Martins of Goodlife Promotions, guarantees another incredible line-up from a host of African, Irish and international artists.
The Malaika Stage, introduced to Africa Day in 2014, will return again this year even bigger and better than before. This stage is set to feature a range of exciting up-and-coming African or African-influenced acts, from big music ensembles to solo artists. Don’t miss out on discovering great, new music!
Start practicing your moves, the much-loved Dance Zone is back again this year! This year, the area will showcase some fantastic dance, drumming, story-telling, and spoken word performances, as well as hosting a number of dance, drumming, creative writing and language exchange workshops. The Dance Zone covers The Courtyard, Arkle Room and Motor House.
At Mount Kiddimanjaro, you can enjoy the sounds from the Malaika Music Stage, while visiting an array of stalls off ering fun, family-focused activities, including children’s games and funfair rides.
Drumming demonstrations, followed by ‘Bang the Drum’ workshops – hosted by Irish Aid – will take place at regular intervals throughout the day.
Soak up the atmosphere of a fun-filled African Bazaar in the ‘Marrakech’ section, with stalls from over 40 different groups offering an array of food, crafts, activities and music from dozens of African countries.
Also featuring face-painting, hair-braiding, henna art, interactive games, storytelling, drumming, dancing and lots more!
A ‘Best Dressed’ competition will be held by TRITEES at Africa Day 2016. There are three categories: ‘Best Dressed Male’; ‘Best Dressed Female’; and ‘Best Dressed Family’. Registration for the competition will take place at the TRITEES stall in Marrakech from 11am-3pm. All entrants must meet back at the stall between 3:15pm and 3:30pm before the commencement of the Fashion Parade at 3:30pm. The parade will finish at the Malaika stage where the winners will be announced at 4:15pm.
Africa Day Dublin is a free, non-ticketed event. Everyone is welcome.
Africa Day Dublin begins at 11am. Do come early as there will be a jam packed programme of events for you and your family to enjoy. Phoenix Park tends to be quite busy with traffic at weekends, so those driving may experience delays. Please see additional traffic information below.
Africa Day Dublin takes place in Farmleigh Estate which is accessed through the Phoenix Park.
The best way to get to Africa Day is by using public transport! Farmleigh in Phoenix Park is serviced by a variety of public transport options, so leave the car at home!
Dublin Bus has kindly sponsored free shuttle buses bringing you from the entrance of Phoenix Park to Farmleigh.
These buses will run from the bus stop opposite the main entrance to Phoenix Park at Parkgate Street and will drop people close to the entrance to Farmleigh.
The LUAS red line stop at Heuston Station is just a seven minute walk away from the bus stop opposite the entrance to Phoenix Park.
Trains serving Coolmine, Castleknock, Ashtown and Dunboyne stop at the Ashtown and Phoenix Park Train Station, which is a relatively short walk from Farmleigh.
The following Dublin Bus routes will bring you to Phoenix Park, dropping you at Parkgate Street:
Route No. 25 - From Pearse St to Lucan (Dodsboro)
Route No. 26 - From Pearse St to Palmerstown (Cherry Orchard)
The following routes will drop you at the Ashtown Gate:
Route No. 37 - From Hawkins St. to Blanchardstown Road South
Route No. 38 - From Hawkins St. to Damastown
Route No. 39 - From Hawkins St. to Ongar
Route No. 70 - From Hawkins St. to Dunboyne
The No. 46a will drop you at Infirmary Road.
The No. 37 bus from Baggott Street will drop you at the Castleknock Gate. Enter the Phoenix Park and take the narrow pedestrian pathway through the field to your immediate right. Walk down this path until you reach a road. Turn right and you should see the gates of Farmleigh a short distance away. Farmleigh is a fifteen minute walk from the Castleknock Gate.
There will be very limited amount of parking available, and we would really encourage everyone to use public transport where they can.
Africa Day Dublin is outdoors and knowing our Irish weather you may want to bring an umbrella and sun cream!
There will be a variety of food on offer, however, do feel free to bring a picnic. There are a limited number of picnic tables available so don’t forget your picnic blanket. Please note that Africa Day Dublin is an alcohol free event.
• Entry is free of charge on a ‘first come, first served’ basis from11am to 6pm.
• Information/Lost and Found Points are located in the Jambo Zone.
• This is an alcohol-free event. Visitors are strictly prohibited from bringing alcohol into the venue.
• Dublin Bus has kindly sponsored a free shuttle bus running from the Parkgate St. / Heuston Bridge (1474) bus stop into the Phoenix Park. The shuttle bus will run approximately every 30 minutes from 11am to 6pm.
• Children must be accompanied by an adult.
• Kid’s I.D wristbands are available at the Information point in the Jambo Zone.
• Please do not litter. Use the bins provided.
• This schedule may be subject to change. To find out more about workshops and performers – or to double-check the timing of scheduled activities – please ask a member of the event team.
• Please comply with directions from the Africa Day Dublin event and security teams.