Farmleigh Estate, Phoenix Park, Dublin

Sunday, 27th May 2018, 11am to 6pm

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The 2018 Irish Aid flagship Africa Day celebration takes place on Sunday, 27th May 2018, from 11am to 6pm, in the grounds of the Farmleigh Estate in the Phoenix Park, Dublin. This family-friendly event is FREE to attend and tickets are available to download here.

The event will see three stages of live music featuring well-known African and Irish musicians; children’s entertainment; traditional African drumming and dance workshops; African arts and crafts and much more.

Important information for 2018 Africa Day Dublin Flagship Event attendees:

  1. This is a ticketed event. Attendees will be asked to present their ticket at event entry. We encourage attendees to present their ticket on their phone to reduce paper waste.
  2. In keeping with Irish Aid’s commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, we invite patrons to walk, cycle or take public transport to the event. A FREE Dublin Bus shuttle service will operate from Parkgate Street. Full details on how to travel to Africa Day are available here. There will be NO PARKING available in Farmleigh Estate or within the immediate vicinity of the event.
  3. Africa Day 2018 is a sustainable event. Do your part by bringing your water bottle for refilling and bringing waste home for recycling.

Get Involved in Africa Day 2018

Applications to participate in Africa Day 2018 are now closed.

Keep an eye out for updates in our news section and on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages as we announce event details over the coming weeks.

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Events Listings

Jambo (Welcome Zone)

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, Sudan and South Africa.

Kid’s I.D. wristbands are available at the Information Point in this zone.

Kwassa Kwassa Stage

The Kwassa Kwassa Stage, also known as the Main Stage, boasts another fantastic line-up for Africa Day 2017. With a collection of established and emerging artists, this year’s line-up is not to be missed!

Fehdah, an eight piece future afro soul band led by Emma Garnett, will headline the main stage as part of a line-up which will also see performances by: renowned Irish traditional music band influenced by international sounds, Kíla; Cork based reggae band with members from Ireland and Africa combining fluid vocal harmonies with tight instrumentals, The Light Runners; future soul act, Shookrah; Farah Elle with her alternative pop sound influenced by an eclectic taste of genres; and Caribbean influenced Inis Khai.

Have a look at the stage times for the day below.

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27may11:30 am12:00 pmInes Khai11:30 am - 12:00 pm Genre:Dance,Music

27may12:20 pm12:50 pmFarah Elle12:20 pm - 12:50 pm Genre:Music

27may1:10 pm1:50 pmShookrah1:10 pm - 1:50 pm

27may2:10 pm3:10 pmThe Light Runners2:10 pm - 3:10 pm Genre:Music

27may3:30 pm4:40 pmKíla3:30 pm - 4:40 pm Genre:Music

27may5:00 pm6:00 pmFehdah5:00 pm - 6:00 pm Genre:Music

Atilogwu Stage

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. Check out the line-up below.

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27may11:00 am12:00 pmDJ Virtue11:00 am - 12:00 pm Genre:Music

27may12:00 pm1:00 pmDJ Zenzo12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Genre:Music

27may1:00 pm2:00 pmDJ Vusi1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Genre:Music

27may2:00 pm3:00 pmDJ Poison2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Genre:Music

27may3:00 pm3:15 pmTim Dogg & Motivators3:00 pm - 3:15 pm

27may3:15 pm3:30 pmWendy Godfrey3:15 pm - 3:30 pm

27may3:30 pm3:45 pmPop Dogg3:30 pm - 3:45 pm Genre:Music

27may3:45 pm4:00 pmYoung Bross3:45 pm - 4:00 pm Genre:Music

27may4:00 pm5:00 pmDJ Dakrys4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Genre:Music

27may5:00 pm6:00 pmDJ Wax5:00 pm - 6:00 pm Genre:Music

Malaika Stage

The Malaika Stage, introduced to Africa Day in 2014, will return again this year even bigger and better than before. This stage is dedicated to promoting exciting up-and-coming African or African-influenced acts, from big music ensembles to solo artists, with Rythem Africana headlining. Have a look at this year’s line-up below!

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27may11:15 am11:45 amRachel Grace11:15 am - 11:45 am Genre:Music

27may12:05 pm12:35 pmFusion Movement12:05 pm - 12:35 pm Genre:Music

27may12:55 pm1:25 pmLeafzang12:55 pm - 1:25 pm Genre:Drumming,Music

27may2:35 pm3:05 pmBuffalo Soul2:35 pm - 3:05 pm Genre:Music

27may3:25 pm3:55 pmCooks But We're Chefs3:25 pm - 3:55 pm Genre:Fashion,Music

27may4:15 pm4:35 pmFashion Show4:15 pm - 4:35 pm Genre:Fashion

27may4:55 pm6:00 pmRhythm Africana4:55 pm - 6:00 pm Genre:Drumming,Music

Dance Zone

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, and language exchange workshops. The Dance Zone covers The Courtyard, Arkle Room and Motor House.


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27may12:00 pm12:30 pmThe Zoryana12:00 pm - 12:30 pm Genre:Dance

27may1:00 pm1:30 pmINIKÉ - West African Drum and Dance, Ireland1:00 pm - 1:30 pm Genre:Dance,Drumming

27may2:00 pm12:30 pmEucharia2:00 pm - 12:30 pm Genre:Dance

27may3:00 pm3:30 pmLove Egyptian Dance3:00 pm - 3:30 pm Genre:Dance

27may4:30 pm5:00 pmKafoli4:30 pm - 5:00 pm Genre:Music

Motor House

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Arkle Room

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27may12:30 pm1:00 pmClara Rose Thornton12:30 pm - 1:00 pm Genre:Spoken Word

27may1:30 pm2:00 pmGithanda Githe1:30 pm - 2:00 pm Genre:Storytelling

27may2:30 pm3:00 pmDagogo Hart2:30 pm - 3:00 pm Genre:Drumming,Music

27may3:00 pm4:30 pmMotherfocloir Podcast3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

27may5:00 pm5:30 pmBisi AdagunCreative Writing Workshop for Kids5:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Mount Kiddimanjaro (Kids Zone)


At Mount Kiddimanjaro, you can enjoy the sounds from the Malaika Music Stage, while visiting an array of stalls offering 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.

Marrakech (African Bazaar)


Soak up the atmosphere of a fun-filled African Bazaar in the ‘Marrakech’ section, with stalls from a number of 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!

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