This year, Galway will see four events take place throughout the week of Monday, 23rd May. These events include:
- FAI-Schools, Wednesday, 25th May: A number of Primary Schools in Galway City will be participating, receiving a football coaching session prior to the event in the Westside Astro facility. Each school will identify themselves with a country in Africa and design a placard highlighting the country’s history, researching the selected country as a class project in the lead up to the football event. The schools will also participate in the Show Racism the Red Card programme.
- SONKE Multi Cultural Choir, Wednesday, 25th May: This interactive music workshop, facilitated by Helen Webb and SONKE Multicultural Choir, will celebrate African Culture through music and song. This workshop will be open to the public and attendees will be encouraged to share and teach new African music and songs to the choir.
- The Galway African Film Festival, Friday, 27th May to Sunday, 29th May: The 9th Galway African Film Festival will be held in the Huston School of Film & Digital Media at NUI Galway. By screening a selection of shorts, feature films and documentaries, the film festival highlights the variety of life experiences on the African Continent. This year’s films cover a range of topics including Women’s Rights, the rise and impact of fundamentalism, cultural identity, freedom of expression etc. The event aims to be educational and will challenge stereotypes about the African Continent, its peoples, cultures and histories. The following films will be shown over the course of the weekend:
- You Laugh But It’s True (South Africa)
- Afripedia (various countries)
- 100% Dakar (Senegal)
- Land of the Brave (Namibia)
- The Narrow Frame of Midnight (Morocco / France)
- Arlette – Courage is a muscle (CAR / Germany)
- Kariba (South Africa)
- Burkina – all about Women (Burkina Faso / UK)
- The Summer of Gods (Brazil)
- Timbuktu (Mali)
- Africa Day in Doughiska, Saturday, 28th May: This large public event will be held in Merlin College and is open to people of all ages and of all nationalities from around Galway city and surrounding areas. The event is intended to raise awareness about Africa and aims to promote African culture here in Ireland.
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