Saturday, 21st May 2022, 2.00 - 6.00

County Cavan will celebrate Africa Day 2022 on Saturday, 21 May, with highlights to include a cultural showcase and family fun afternoon at Cavan Rugby Club to mark the occasion.

The 4Cs – Cavan Cross Cultural Community – is hosting this exciting event at Cavan Rugby Club on Saturday, 21 May 2022 from 2pm to 6pm. Participants will come both from Cavan and our surrounding counties. Our themes for this event will be African cuisine, cultural dance, and African traditional costumes and this event in Cavan will be officially opened by Cathaoirleach of Cavan County Council, Cllr Clifford Kelly and attended by local elected representatives in addition to Ambassadors from Nigeria, Brazil, and Latvia.

The event will showcase African tradition and cultural diversity and the heritage of the African nation with African National traditional costumes. Over 30 different African cuisines and Artefacts will be on display and there will be African music, fashion show and football.

Events are taking place nationwide from 21 – 28 May, with Africa Day officially falling on Wednesday, 25 May. The day celebrates the richness of African cultures and the contribution of people of African descent to Irish life. Africa Day celebrations are organised by Irish Aid at the Department of Foreign Affairs in partnership with African embassies in Ireland and local authorities around the country.

Welcoming the Africa Day initiative, Cathaoirleach of Cavan County Council, Councillor Clifford Kelly said: “I applaud all those involved in organising such an engaging programme of events for this year’s Africa Day in Cavan. The African community has greatly enriched life in our county over the past number of decades and the contribution of this great continent and its people to County Cavan is worthy of celebration. Events like Africa Day promote greater social inclusion, which is a key strategic goal of Cavan County Council, and I would encourage Cavan people of all backgrounds to attend this wonderful celebration”.

Speaking ahead of this year’s celebration, Stanley Nwaneri, Chairperson of Cavan Cross Cultural Community, 4Cs, said “This year’s event will be held under the theme: ‘Celebrating cultural diversity and the contribution of people of African descent to Irish life’. We will have activities including live music, an ‘Africa vs rest of the world’ football match, cultural folk dance, Cavan migrant young talented singers, a ‘Best Dressed African’ competition and lots more.”

This year will see Ireland’s largest-ever Africa Day programme, with events being held nationwide. Africa Day 2022 will see the return of in-person events for the first time since 2019.

Minister for Overseas Development Aid and Diaspora, Colm Brophy TD, said: “Ireland has been enriched in so many ways by the presence of a vibrant African community. Ireland’s arts, culture, business, community development, sport and so much more have been strengthened by people of African origin or descent. Africa Day is about recognising that contribution and celebrating the culture and potential of the continent as a whole.

“After two years of online events, this year will see the welcome return of in-person events nationwide. Irish Aid’s partnership with local authorities will bring the fun of Africa Day to communities around the country. I am delighted that Africa Day 2022 is set to be our biggest-ever Africa Day celebration.”