Laois County Council and Laois Partnership Company in partnership the with the Laois African Support Group will host a family friendly Africa Day celebration in the car park of the Portlaoise Parish Centre from 12pm to 5pm on Saturday, 1st June. A series of stalls surrounding a central seating area will feature food tasting; a showcase of house arts and crafts; as well as a number local African traders.
With traditional African hair braiding, face painting and colouring masks for children, there will be something for all ages on the day. The event programme will include traditional African music, signing, poetry and drama as well as a fashion show featuring traditional African dress. Local performers from Laois are invited to participate including singers and Irish dancers.
Anvel Fitness will host an African Dance workshop and participants will join in a “world dance” as part of the event closing ceremony. In the week leading up to the Laois Africa Day event, members of the Laois African Support Group will visit three primary schools where they will host workshops for the students on African culture, music and dancing.
As part of the Africa Day celebration, Laois African Support Group and Dunamaise Art Centre, Portlaoise have come together to screen an African movie, Queen Of Katwe. The film depicts the life of Phiona Mutesi, a Ugandan girl living in a slum in Katwe. She learns to play chess and becomes a Woman Candidate Master after her victories at World Chess Olympiads. The screening will take place on Thursday, 30th May at 10am at the Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise.
Laois African Support Group will also be visiting schools, educating the children about the values, ways and culture of Africa.
The Laois African Support Group are inviting Community Groups, NGOs, Performers, Traders and Volunteers to get involved in this year’s celebration. The deadline for applications is Wednesday, 15th May. Application forms are available to download here.
Phone: 087-3880688 (BJ) / 085-1337338 (Sia) / 086-891413 (Samson).
As part of the Africa Day celebrations, Laois African Support Group and Dunamaise Art Centre, Portlaoise have come together to screen an African movie, Queen Of Katwe. The film depicts the life of Phiona Mutesi, a Ugandan girl living in a slum in Katwe. She learns to play chess and becomes a Woman Candidate Master after her victories at World Chess Olympiads.
Date: Thursday, 30th May
Location: Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise
Portlaoise will be uplifted and transformed by the sights, sounds and smells of Africa, as we gather to celebrate Africa Day Laois 2019. The event will see live music featuring well-known African and Irish musicians such as Royal Vessel Gospel Choir, and many more. There will also be children’s entertainment; traditional African drumming and dance workshops, African arts and crafts and much more.
Date: Saturday, 1st June 2019
Time: 12 – 5pm
Location: Parish Centre, Portlaoise