With preparations well underway for this year’s Africa Day Dublin flagship event, now is as good a time as ever to introduce a little bit of background information on the celebration to those who might not be familiar with it.
Africa Day is the annual commemoration of the foundation of the African Union which took place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on May 25th, 1963. Now, Africa Day is celebrated around the world in cities such as London, New York, Sydney, Washington – and Dublin! The day is an opportunity to appreciate and celebrate the continent’s diverse history and heritage while acknowledging its cultural and economic potential.
Here in Ireland, Irish Aid at the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade is the driving force behind the annual Africa Day celebrations, and has been for ten years. Irish Aid recognises the potential in Ireland’s relationship with Africa, one which continues to grow and strengthen in terms of political, economic and development cooperation. Trade and investment between businesses and the movement of people between countries continues to increase, bringing a world of economic, social and cultural benefits for all to enjoy.
The changing nature of Irish Aid’s Africa Day celebrations reflects this deepening bond. Since 2008, the annual Africa Day celebrations have grown and grown. This year, as well the Dublin flagship event, a series of regional celebrations will take across the country with details to be announced soon.
Join us in recognising and celebrating the contribution of this continent and its diaspora to Ireland and beyond at Farmleigh Estate on Sunday, 27th May for our flagship Africa Day event.
Participate at Africa Day 2018!
Finally, don’t forget that there is still time to participate in the flagship event as a performer, NGO, community group, small trader or volunteer. You can find out all you need to know and download an application form here. The deadline for applications is 5pm on Thursday, 26th April.
The Africa Day Dublin flagship event will take place on Sunday, 27th May this year. It will see free public performances by well-known African and Irish musicians, as well as entertainment for people of all ages, including sporting activities. Keep an eye on the Africa Day website and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, as we announce further details over the coming weeks!