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.
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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, Sudan 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, 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!