Marking Africa Day 2020 Online

22nd May 2020

Africa Day will take place this Monday – 25th May. Although public events cannot take place in Ireland due to current COVID-19 social distancing requirements, this important anniversary will still be celebrated across Ireland on social media.

For well over a decade, Irish Aid at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has supported events to mark Africa Day in Ireland.

Africa Day is the annual commemoration of the foundation of the African Union, which took place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on May 25th, 1963. The day is celebrated around the world in locations such as London, New York, Sydney, Washington, D.C. – as well as throughout Ireland! The day is an opportunity to appreciate and celebrate the continent’s diverse history and heritage while acknowledging its cultural and economic potential.

While physical events will not take place this month, Irish Aid will be sharing content across our Africa Day social media accounts to give a flavour of the diversity of culture and traditions across the continent.  Local authorities and community organisations around the country will be contributing to this virtual celebration, including with cookery demonstrations, music and spoken word. We will also share ‘throw backs’ from previous Africa Day events.

On Monday, Minister for International Development at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Ciarán Cannon T.D., will share a special video message for Africa Day, and this will be posted across all Africa Day platforms.

Together with local authorities and community groups across the country, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade invites you to tune into our Africa Day channels over the next three weeks when we will virtually celebrate Africa Day 2020.