Fingal County Council and South Dublin County Council established a programme of celebrations to mark Africa Day 2019, through the provision of a community bursary, which was awarded to local groups who wished to organise events that celebrate one or more of the following themes: African Culture, Heritage, African Food and African Music. The public will be encouraged to get involved locally and join in in the family friendly activities.
Tallaght Community Arts will presented a performance entitled ‘Culture meets Culture’ where classic hip hop meets Afrobeat, in The Square, Tallaght on Saturday, 18th May.
Onitsha Ado n’Idu Ireland will hosted an Africa Day 2019 celebration in the Lucan Centre, Primrose Lane, Lucan on Sunday, 26th May, featuring food, music, talks and storytelling.
South Dublin County Council, in conjunction with Adamstown Community Summer Camp and The Unforgettable Women’s Network, will marked Africa Day with a family fun day on Saturday, 1st June 2019 in Adamstown Community Centre. The series of events will included:
The Intercultural Centre Clondalkin hosted an African Art and Culture exhibition on Friday, 14th June. This event to mark Africa Day 2019 will included a panel discussion on Africa history; a short video screening; talks and guest speakers; and African music.
Celebrations to mark Africa Day took place across Fingal. The public were invited to celebrate African Culture in their local community. All Africa Day events were free and open to the public of all ages and backgrounds. Listed below are the 2019 Africa Day events supported by Fingal County Council, Fingal Public Participation Network and Irish Aid.
Attendees were invited to come together and unite in the spirit of African culture in the heart of Balbriggan for Africa Day and share the rich and diverse expressions of African music and culture in an inclusive, vibrant and positive community festival style setting. The programme of activities and events throughout the day included music, fun sports activities, dancing, African cuisine and well known African DJ – Raspizo’. The event was hosted by Balbriggan Basketball (Irish Vikings Club) supported by Balbriggan Integration Forum, Empower, Cairde, Bracken Educate Together N.S and Gaelscoil Baile Brigín and took place in Balbriggan Educate Together National School, Castleland Park View, Balbriggan on Saturday, 25th May.
This exhibition of traditional African attire, music and food and how these traditions have been integrated into a social multi-cultural community in Ireland was hosted by Rekindle Talent in St. Brigid’s Community Centre, Church Avenue, Blanchardstown Village on Sunday, 26th May. ‘Simply African’ was a family oriented event and people of all ages and cultural diversity were encouraged to attend.
Bringing the African and Irish community together to celebrate cultural diversity, this celebration included an exhibition of African wears, styles, hair braids, music and food. Young children were entertained by a mascot and there was a discussion on how to increase the public’s understanding of Ireland’s development programme in Africa as well as to highlight the cultural and economic potentials that exists on the African continent. The event was hosted by Children4WorldChildren on Saturday, 1st June in the Mulhuddart Community Centre.
With over 25 nationalities living in the Avondale community, this event organised by Avondale Park Community and iSmile Internationa, showcased African, culture, heritage, food and entertainment. The community came together and were entertained by dance, music, artefacts and geography on Saturday, 1st June on the Avondale Community Grounds.
People of all nationalities were invited to attend the Africa Day celebrations in the Howth / Sutton area. With a mix of drums, music, dance and food, there was much to be enjoyed. Historical and traditional materials were used to tell the story of Africa, and in particular the Osun State of Nigeria and the popular Osun Odogo festival. Attendees also learned a range of pleasantries in a range of languages. The event was hosted by the Osun Descendants Union Ireland on Sunday, 2nd June at 1 Church Road, North Dock, Dublin 13.
Ada Igbo Ireland presented the Igbo conference on Igbo “History & Heritage”, with a special focus on the contributions of Igbo culture and heritage to the political and sociocultural manifestations of the Igbo people in the diaspora with direct references to African literature, dance, drama, and unique food. The conference took place on Monday, 3rd June at Baffles Event Centre, 3/4 Damastown Industrial Estate, Dublin 15.
The Forget Me Nots Choir hosted a free concert on Tuesday, 4th June in the Baldoyle Community Hall to celebrate Africa Day with visiting African singers for a gospel/African music festival. The event was a lively and colourful sing-along for all involved, featuring African Gospel Choir Dublin, Debsandy, and Bruce Patrick and Family.
Hosted by Igbo Union Dublin on Saturday, 8th June in Blakestown Community Centre, this event was a showcase of African culture, dance, food, tradition and way of life where guests were entertained with a variety of activities during the event.