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26th April 2017
There’s one week left to make a submission to The Irish Times Africa Day writing competition. The deadline is on Wednesday, 3rd May 2017. Entrants are invited to submit a short story or poem with an African theme, set in either Ireland or Africa. Entries are being sought in three categories: Primary school (maximum word count 250 words) Secondary school (maximum… Read More
21st April 2017
The Africa Day 2017 launch took place on Thursday, 6th April at Farmleigh Estate in the Phoenix Park. At the launch, Joe McHugh TD, Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development, announced the programme of events to mark Africa Day 2017, supported by Irish Aid. Participants at the launch included Salome Mbugua, Africa Day Champion; Onai Tafuma, Africa Day… Read More
19th April 2017
We’re very excited to reveal that Discovery Gospel Choir is joining the line-up for this year’s Africa Day Dublin main stage Kwassa Kwassa! Discovery Gospel Choir is Ireland’s leading intercultural choir. With members hailing from more than 20 countries, the choir’s repertoire consists largely of songs past and present members have brought to the choir from their own countries, interspersed… Read More
11th April 2017
We are thrilled to announce that Kíla will be headlining the Africa Day 2017 main stage, Kwassa Kwassa! Hailed as one of Ireland’s most innovative and exciting bands, Kíla are an eight-piece who share a passion to create great music with an ability to absorb influences from across the globe. With roots in traditional Irish, Kíla feature strong percussive vocals… Read More
6th April 2017
PRESS RELEASE Thursday, 6th April 2017 Minister McHugh Announces National Africa Day 2017 Flagship Event Free Family-Friendly Programme of Activities at Farmleigh on Sunday 21 May Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development Joe McHugh T.D. has today (06.04.17) announced that a national flagship event to celebrate Africa Day 2017, supported by Irish Aid, will take place in the grounds of Farmleigh Estate in Dublin’s Phoenix Park on Sunday 21st May from 11am to 6pm. The Dublin Africa Day event will feature free public performances… Read More
31st March 2017
This week, the Africa Day team has taken a look at a number of traditional African musical instruments. We are all music lovers here and can’t wait for the performances on the Africa Day Dublin stages Kwassa Kwassa, Atilogwu and Malaika on Sunday, 21st May. Keep an eye on the Africa Day website and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and… Read More
22nd March 2017
Feeling hungry? You will be after this! The Africa Day team has taken a look at some of the tastiest African traditional dishes the continent has to offer. Bunny chow, South Africa: One of South Africa’s most treasured street foods, the dish consists of a hollowed-out half- or quarter-loaf of white bread filled with a spicy curry. The meat and vegetable… Read More
16th March 2017
Join our team for Africa Day 2017! We’re looking for volunteers for this year’s Dublin flagship event taking place in Farmleigh Estate, the Phoenix Park on Sunday, 21st May. What’s Involved? Volunteer roles for Africa Day typically include: Providing information to event visitors, including distribution of programmes and maps. Liaising with performers and groups participating in the event. Checking the cleanliness… Read More
8th March 2017
Irish Aid and The Irish Times have joined up again to promote aspiring, emerging and established writers, to celebrate Africa Day 2017! The short story and poetry competition, which is in its third year, seeks to discover new writing talent, as well as showcase established writers. Interested? Here’s how to get involved: Writers are invited to submit a short story… Read More
23rd February 2017
REMINDER – Please note that the deadline for receipt of applications for participation in Africa Day Dublin 2017 is on Wednesday, 1st March at 5pm. As there is a limited amount of space available for groups and individuals wishing to participate, it will not be possible to consider any applications made after this deadline. Wednesday, 1st March is the closing… Read More