With its lively, interactive, educational and entertaining offers, the African Bazaar is one of the most popular areas at Africa Day Dublin. At this year’s celebrations in Farmleigh, it featured a vast array of food, crafts, clothing and music from countries all over Africa. Shoppers found a wonderful selection of African products on offer, including traditional African crafts, jewellery and even furniture. Visitors could also find out more about development issues through participating in fun, family-friendly, interactive activities hosted by development education organisations and NGOs (non-governmental organisations) that work in African countries.
Community Groups that took part in the Bazaar included the following:
Afro in Diaspora Center is a group committed to supporting woman, men and children in their Nigerian Homeland. They displayed a collection of African heritage beads and clothes.
African Students Association of Ireland aims to cultivate a vibrant Afro-Irish and International African and non African student community in Ireland. Will provided games and quizzes on the day.
AkiDwa is a national Network of migrant women living in Ireland. They displayed African fabrics, beads, arts, crafts and hennas, and braided hair.
Association of Malawians in Ireland displayed Malawian arts and craft, they will have a special performance from a traditional African doctor performing his Ancestral rituals on the day.
African Women Writers in Ireland is a group of African women writers living in Ireland who work together to harness and promote the strength and abilities of African women writers, support their work and organise training for women writers.
Black History Month Ireland provided historical and cultural materials to inform visitors on Black and African History, Arts and Culture.
Botswana Ireland displayed Botswana crafts, beads and sculptures. They also provided face painting on the day.
Congolese Women in Ireland is a non profit organization work for integration for Congolese women in the Ireland. They displayed Congolese fashion, creature art and jewellery on the day.
Guinean Association of Ireland is an Irish non for profit organisation. They displayed Guinean crafts and culture along with traditional music on the day.
Image of Africa is an organisation founded by Alice Abec, a fashion designer originally from Cameroon who has been living in Ireland for the last six years. The organisation uses African fabric and jewellery to portray positive African image and to promote African culture.
New Age Africa Trust a voluntary organization that aims to provide access to primary level and secondary education to boys and girls who do not meet the criteria set out by the government. They exhibited arts and crafts products locally produced from communities in Africa.
Nigerian Carnival Ireland aims to promote integration, celebrate cultural diversity and heritage, while informing and educating people about the different, diverse cultures of the ethnic communities in Multicultural Ireland. They showcased cultural displays such as dancing and drumming, folklore music and traditional masquerades.
Oromo Community Ireland is a charitable organisation set up to enhance the integration of Oromos living in Ireland. They showcased a traditional coffee ceremony allowing people to test Organic Arabic coffee.
Tanzania Ireland is a community organisation that brings together Tanzanians and friends in Ireland. This displayed Tanzanian Art, play folk and contemporary music and taught people some Swahili phrases.
The Unforgettable Women’s Network promotes and encourages the equal valuing of the female person in society by developing women’s capacities through education, development and training. The group showcased African women writers’ books, magazines and blogs that promote literary education and empowerment.
Tritees is a voluntary non profit organisation promoting African cultural heritage. They were on ground to showcase African culture and Beauty. Tritees also very successfully run the hugely popular ‘Best Dressed’ completion and fashion parade on the day.
Uganda Association of Ireland is an association that fosters unity and linkage between Ugandans, Irish and all other culturem and communities in The Republic of Ireland. They showcased colourful Ugandan culture & traditions along with traditional dancing and drummers.
And, Finally, Wezesha is made up of members of the African Diaspora Community in Ireland that support women and children affected by conflicts and violence in Africa. They will showcase African jewellery, baskets, mats and other fabrics made from women in Africa.
The Traders’ Market at Africa Day Dublin will also be located inside the African Bazaar,
If you’re in the mood for shopping you will find a wonderful array of African products on offer, including traditional African crafts, beads and jewellery
Traders will include:
Maasailand Adventures selling earings, bracelets postcards and knecklaces, all products are made by the Maasai Community in Kenya.
Nyaminyami will have a range of artistic products produced in Zimbabwe which have been shipped directly to Dublin. The art work on display is on behalf of and in conjunction with the artists who share directly in the proceeds raised. Nyaminyami collection is mostly comprised of Shona Stone Sculpture, crafted from a number of different indigenous stones including Serpentine, Opal, Springstone and Leopardstone. They will also have some African images & photographs on wooden and canvass prints that will be displayed as a backdrop to the sculpture.Nyaminyami will also use the opportunity to promote both their represented artists and the broader artistic sculpting culture of Zimbabwe.
Akani Collection will have a range of African made dresses, blouses, shorts, wallets, bags on sale, as well as African jellewery, belts and bangles.
Goodlife Promotions will have a range of goods, from shirts, sunglasses and hats to African jewellery, hair braids and artwork. Bantu Arts will also be selling a range of t-shirts.
Kilimanjaro Koffee will have African coffee beans and tea products.
Guadeloupean artist Rony Sidon will also have his artwork for sale.
You can also find out more about development issues through participating in fun, family-friendly, interactive activities hosted by development education organisations and NGOs (non-governmental organisations) that work in African countries.
NGO organisations participating include:
Camara Education is an International organisation dedicated to using technology to improve education and livelihood skills in disadvantaged communities around the world. At Africa Day Camara encouraged children and adults to interact with laptops and to try out the educational package that Camara provide to schools. They also gave out fun questionnaires for children and adults.
Concern is an international humanitarian organisation, founded in Ireland in 1968. At Africa Day Dublin, Concern informed visitors about issues pertaining to water and engaged children through activities such as ‘Imagining Africa’, drawing on or filling in blank maps of Africa, and through a Treasure Hunt Quiz, with questions on African themes.
GOAL Ireland is an international humanitarian agency dedicated to alleviating the suffering of the poorest of the poor. Activities at the event included a photo exhibition, interaction with GOALies who have worked on Irish Aid-funded programmes in GOAL’s programme countries in Africa and displays of traditional African artwork.
Gorta‘s vision is a world where there is no hunger or poverty and where rural communities have the means to create more prosperous futures for themselves and their children. At Africa Day they informed the public about the millennium development goals which inspire their development work in Africa. They decorated the walls of their gazebo with photos and posters and offered face painting and building games for children.
Habitat for Humanity Ireland is an independent, non-profit organisation that operates in partnership with and on behalf of Habitat for Humanity International in Ireland. Habitat Ireland was founded in 2002. At Africa Day they displayed photos of previous work while also providing a mini-photobooth at their stall allowing visitors to come and get their photos taken.
MSF is the world’s leading independent medical humanitarian organisation, providing life-saving care to people caught up conflicts, natural disasters or disease epidemics. They displayed amateur and professional images highlighting scenes from the diverse range of settings MSF works. They also had a kids’ corner featuring games, toy stethoscopes, dress up outfits, and colouring kits and ‘treatment area’ where they demonstrated how MSF teams diagnose malnutrition in children.
Operation Smile is a medical charity. As such, its stand at Africa Day displayed colourful posters including illustrations of where in Africa the organisation works. Child-friendly quizzes and interactive activities were also on offer. They engaged people by having colourful and appealing displays of our posters and works along with a number of pictures and collages with an emphasis on the work that they do all over Africa
Plan Ireland is a global children’s charity, working with children and their communities in 50 developing countries throughout Africa, Asia and the Americas. At Africa Day they staged an informative, innovative and interactive platform for visitors. This entailed showcasing children at play in the developing world. The aim of this was to portray the differences, and indeed similarities between how children play and amuse themselves in Ireland compared to children in the developing world. They displayed the type of toys and games which children in the developing world use when they are playing.
Sightsavers Ireland is part of the international charity of Sightsavers which works to prevent and treat avoidable blindness and promote equality of opportunity for disabled people in the developing world. At Africa Day they engaged with attendees’ through demonstrations and interaction with braille cards, activity booklets and blindfolding activities.
Trócaire is the official overseas development agency of the Catholic Church in Ireland. They work with some of the poorest people, supporting communities and delivering long-term change to people’s lives. Trócaire offered families and children who came along the chance to learn how to make their own clay sculpture using a traditional Zimbabwe process using sand.
Value Added in Africa (VAA) is a charity that facilitates sub-Saharan trade by connecting African manufacturers with European wholesale buyers. They displayed cosmetics, teas, coffees and garments from of a number of companies that they work with across Africa.
Vita Ltd. Originally called Refugee Trust International (RTI), it focused on providing support to refugees across the world. At Africa Day they provided games, food recipes along with typical Ethiopian and Eritrean crafts.
World Vision Ireland is a child focussed overseas aid agency. They are part of World Vision International, the largest privately funded NGO in the world. At Africa Day, World Vision had chosen a Sierra Leonean theme for their stand. This is based on their “Access to Maternal and Infant Health” (AIM Health) project in Sierra Leone. Activities included face painting, balloon modelling and storytelling.