Cork City Council in association with African communities in Cork and in partnership with the HSE, Community Gardaí and NGO’s working in this field come together to organise a number of events to celebrate Africa Day every year. Below is a summary of some of the events that took place throughout the week.
Deputy Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Kieran McCarthy officially launched the Africa Day 2019 programme of events in Cork on Friday, 17th May in the Atrium, City Hall. An art exhibition showcasing the Cork African community’s talented artists was unveiled on the evening and as well as a mini fashion show highlighting African culture and design. The art exhibition ran in the Atrium of Cork City Hall until Friday, 24th May.
A free screening of the blockbuster movie ‘Supa Modo’ took place on Saturday, 18th May in University College Cork where attendees were encouraged to laugh, cry, and think about the African experience in the aftermath of the film.
A number of community leaders and speakers gathered to discuss a range of topics relevant to the theme of this year’s Africa Day Cork Seminar which was ‘Multiculturalism within Africa-Embracing Unity and Diversity’. The seminar which took place on Thursday, 23rd May in the Council Chambers, Cork City Hall, explored the dimensions of the African experience in Europe. Attendees were encouraged to have a meeting of the hearts and minds while navigating the issues that face Cork communities through dialogue and discussion. This community forum aims not only highlight the diversity of the Cork African community, but also the commonalities which unify them and allow them to contribute to Cork, Ireland, Europe, and the world.
The Africa Day 2019 Cork ‘Family Fun Day’ kicked off with a flag-bearing event from Winthrop Street to Grand Parade on Saturday, 25th May. Hundreds turned up dressed in attire representing the diversity of Africa to walk through Cork City towards Fitzgerald Park bearing flags from all countries in the continent.
This year’s activities in Fitzgerald’s Park were bigger and better than ever with kids’ activities including bouncy castles, face painters and interactive games, musical and dance performances, exhibition stalls and much, much more. This year saw the largest attendance with around 4,000 people visiting throughout the day.