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24th March 2016
Happy Easter everyone, we hope you all have a wonderful weekend! With Easter Sunday just around the corner, the team here at Africa Day HQ got to thinking about how Easter is celebrated across Africa, so we did some investigating. Here are some interesting links that we found: 1. This piece gives us a brief account of how Easter is… Read More
16th March 2016
Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Ladysmith Black Mambazo
This week the team at Africa Day decided to put together a short blog on a few of our favourite African musicians! Ali Farke Touré Malian singer and multi-instrumentalist, Ali Farka Touré is one of Africa’s most internationally renowned musicians. His music is widely considered as representing a point of intersection of traditional Malian music and North American Blues. In… Read More
8th March 2016
International Women’s Day 2016: Spotlight on Influential African Women Happy International Women’s Day! To celebrate, the Africa Day Team has decided to shine a light on a few of our favourite inspiring and influential African women of the 21st century. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a Nigerian novelist, born in the city of Enugu, who writes both non-fiction and… Read More
19th February 2016
We are delighted to announce that Irish Aid’s Africa Day 2016 Dublin flagship event will be taking place on Sunday, 29th May in Farmleigh Estate, the Phoenix Park! The festivities will take place from 11am until 6pm and planning for the day is currently underway. Make sure to keep an eye out for updates in our news section and on our Facebook and Twitter pages as we will be announcing details of the event in the coming weeks! Read More
26th June 2015
The winners of the inaugural Africa Day Writing Competition paid a visit to the offices of The Irish Times earlier this month to receive their prizes. Adult category winner Mary O’Connor; Secondary school winner Anne Wambua and Primary school winner Shane Healy met with judges Barbara Wilson of Irish Aid and Martin Doyle, assistant literary editor of The Irish Times. The other winner of the adult category, Monica Corish, was unable to attend. Writers were asked to submit a short… Read More
29th May 2015
  With its lively, interactive, educational and entertaining offerings, the African Bazaar was one of the most popular areas at Africa Day Dublin. This year, as always, the Bazaar featured Community Groups, Non-Government Organisations (NGOs), commercial concessions and food traders. The Community Groups and NGOs shared information about themselves, displayed crafts, showcased traditional costumes and some also offered hair-braiding and face-painting. NGOs who… Read More
29th May 2015
Kwassa Kwaasa attracted a wonderful crowd.  One of Ireland’s most innovative and exciting bands KÍLA returned to headline the main stage. Irish / Sierra Leonean ART SOUL musician, Loah, treated us all to a soulful multi-lingual set. Tig Linn played their original songs in English and Yoruba. Kiruu had us travelling the world through his sounds, all in the comfort of Farmleigh. Kempes & Dangana’s melodic tunes are inspired by the sights and sounds of Niger and were very very received by the… Read More
29th May 2015
The ‘Best Dressed’ Competition and Fashion Parade were one of the most talked-about and photgraphed elements of #AfricaDay15 in Farmleigh. We invited visitors to come dressed in their most colourful, glamorous, and dazzling clothes. As in previous years, both the ‘Best Dressed’ competition and the fashion parade were coordinated by Tritees, the organisers of Miss Africa Ireland. The team of Tritees were on the lookout throughout the event to find the best dressed contestants who then took part in the exciting fashion show… Read More
29th May 2015
Mount Kiddimanjaro, Africa Day’s dedicated Kid Zone, was full of interactive activities in 2015, including face-painting, hair-braiding and jewellery-making! From Mount Kiddimanjaro you were able to soak up the rhythms and sounds from Malaika Music Stage. A number of NGOs and Community Groups set up home in Mount Kiddimanjaro and had a variety of educational and engaging materials especially aimed at children. Irish Aid hosted Bang the Drum workshops, which are a popular staple of Africa Day Dublin celebrations.  We will also had a small… Read More