Take part

Irish Aid at the Department of Foreign Affairs are delighted to support Local Authorities across the country in hosting virtual events to mark Africa Day 2021. Browse the list below to see what’s happening in your local area and stay tuned to your Local Authority’s social media accounts for the latest updates on how to register and attend virtual events.

Clare County Council

Clare plan to coordinate the production of a short video to explore and promote the cultural relationship around music and dance for circulation on social media channels and through the Public Participation Network and Clare Immigrant Support Centre networks. This would be a virtual event where participants will be asked to submit their videos/performances in advance, which will be edited to produce the overall production. With introduction from the Mayor and address from 1-2 other speakers, which will aired virtually at 12 noon on the 25 May, and will be promoted via Clare County Council’s YouTube Channel. Tune in here at 12 noon on Tuesday, 25th May.

Cork City Council

Cork City Council have a week of activities planned starting with an official launch on 22 May. The Lord Mayor of Cork City Cllr Joe Kavanagh will send a message of greeting and support for Africa Day online. Throughout the week they have numerous interviews and panel discussions around Africa Day in addition to food exhibitions, quizzes and music sessions. Visit the Cork City Council Africa Day Facebook page for more.

Cork County Council

A once-off three-hour workshop on afro-hair braiding techniques. The workshop will be targeted at the African Diaspora, including people living in direct provision centres and people of mixed heritage living in county Cork. As it will be online, this free event is open to anyone. They will send workshop materials to any Irish address. Participants will receive the required materials in the post prior to the workshop, which will take place on the evening of 25 May between 7-9pm. They will work with a Cork-based stylist to develop and deliver the content, which will be live and interactive with some pre-recorded segments focussing on specific techniques. To register, click here.

Dublin City Council

Glencree will run a public webinar.  Introduction will be by the Lord Mayor Hazel Chu on the African Irish communities followed by a number of speakers and short personal narratives by a diverse (age, gender, ethnic, faith and linguistic backgrounds) range of people of African Irish origins, including stories of support during the Covid-19 pandemic. To register, click here. In advance of the event, a children’s art competition seeks submissions from children aged 0 – 17, to submit a piece of art inspired by What Makes you Smile? After the event, a panel of judges will choose a winner from each age category and there are 4 One4All vouchers to be won. For more information, click here.

Dun Laoghaire – Rathdown County Council

Plan to deliver a vibrant and exciting celebration using “Celebrate Together” as a working title. Dublin South FM 93.9 (the licensed Community Radio Station for South Dublin and run by volunteers will help coordinate the event by celebrating African music from across the globe and at home. Trilogy Fusion Band will play a fuse of afro, fuji and Tunga style cover of African music. There will also be cooking lessons with Chef Christy Illo who has a degree in culinary arts and has agreed to cook Nigerian and Ghanaian popular dishes. Click here for more information.

Fingal County Council

Fingal will host a two-hour webinar on the evening of Africa Day between 7-9pm. The line-up will include an African Band, poetry sessions, cookery lessons, singalongs and a history piece on key African dates. They will finish with a fashion show. Please contact Fingal County Council for Zoom access.

Galway City Council

Primary schools will participate in the Show Racism the Red Card programme with each school identifying themselves with a country in Africa and designing a placard highlighting the country’s history etc. A live event by Africa United Galway will be broadcasted and streamed on social media, it will include performances/talks with local community members and local students. This is to raise awareness about Africa and to promote Africans and African culture in Galway City. Galway African Diaspora-Ireland (GAD) and Yoruba Heritage, Art and Cultural Group of Ireland will also hold live events including musical performances, parades, fashion show, artefacts and more. Events will take place on 29 May from 5pm to 9pm, all events to be streamed on social media channels. Participation is via the Galway City Council Facebook Page.

Galway County Council

Galway County Council is organising a day of African celebrations with traditional dance, music, and games. This will facilitate and encourage African communities in Galway to share their culture and heritage with the wider public to get a ‘Sense of Africa’. They will hold virtual Afro-fusion dance workshops. Invite individuals/families, schools, direct provision centres throughout Galway to share short videos of traditions, dances, music, games, sport and African greetings. They will also commission a videographer to create a promotional video showcasing all the short videos with prizes for the most creative. Events will take place on 20 May from 3pm to 7:30pm, all events to be streamed on social media channels and local radio. Register for this event here.

Kerry County Council

Working with Community Artist Muiriosa Murphy, Kerry County Council will design a mural to represent Africa Day using the ideas from asylum seekers from African countries. This collaborative project will show the images of what Africa means to them and will be then drawn up by the artist into a mural for display in Tralee International Resource Centre (TIRC). They aim to launch the idea and call for submissions of drawings or stories on Africa Day on their Facebook page and through social media channels of TIRC.

Kildare County Council

Kildare County Council will host a virtual Africa Day celebration on Kildare Community Stories, a dedicated Facebook page for community content. Kildare residents, families and groups have been invited to contribute photos, video clips, art, poems or stories on African traditions, heritage and culture. The online coverage on Tuesday 25th May 2021 will feature these submissions, along with throwbacks to previous joyful Africa Day gatherings, always a highlight in our calendar. Everyone is welcome to join this free virtual get-together with music, prizes and more. This event takes place from 9am to 3pm on Tuesday, 25th, and participation is via the Kildare Community Stories Facebook page.

Laois  County Council

Laois County Council will mark Africa Day 2021 on Saturday, 19th June. Virtual events will include storytelling and spoken word; a display of African dress; an art competition and family games night; music and poetry; and a focus on African-owned businesses.

Limerick City and County Council

Limerick will mark Africa Day through a range of activities including organising a cultural piece that explores the diversity within the continent of Africa using the voices and experiences of people from different African countries in Ireland. This will include commissioning a poet to write a piece in which volunteers of African descent will read a sentence in their ethnic language on video for broadcast; an Afro-Irish artist ‘tiny desk concert’, pre-recorded which will include performances from three Limerick based young artists of African descent; and an an online afrobeat dance workshop and a zoom master chef event with ReStart, a social enterprise created by UL students. Their aim is to help integrate refugees and asylum seekers into Irish society. Events will take place on 25 May.

Longford County Council

Longford County Council will run an online event of entertainment of African culture and music, celebrating achievements of Longfordians of African background (in sports, arts, business, community). They will have an MC, entertainers, plaques for award recipients, and spot prizes. Events will take place from 7-8pm 25 May via Zoom and will be promoted via Longford County Council social media channels. Click here to email for the Zoom meeting code.

Mayo County Council

Mayo will celebrate the vibrant cultural heritage of Africa by highlighting the contribution made to Mayo by African communities and people of African descent to inform the public about the relationship between Africa and Ireland. The event will be hosted by Celesta Khosa who has experience delivering virtual events in the past. They plan to broadcast the event on Tuesday May 25 using all Mayo County Council’s social media channels. Participants can access a link through Mayo.ie, promotion will also be via Mayo.ie.

Meath County Council

Meath and the surrounding areas will come together to celebrate Africa Day with virtual activities that will showcase art and culture from various African nations represented in Ireland. They will have panels of discussion featuring African community leaders, second generation African musicians and poetry artists to highlight the issues and celebrate their success. The event will take place 25th May from 4-6pm and it will be promoted through Cultur’s and Meath County Council’s social media channels.

Monaghan County Council

Monaghan Virtual Africa Day Festival will hold a number of online events to celebrate African culture, heritage and traditions of the community of African people who have made their home in Monaghan. They will include an ‘African Experiences’ virtual exhibition of different art, crafts and heritage collections, live cookery demonstrations from African women living in Monaghan, and a storytelling virtual session.

Roscommon County Council

In association with Athlone Women’s Forum (AWF), Roscommon County Council will be promoting African culture and the integration of African women into Irish society. The online programme will include demonstrations of African meal preparation, weaving African hair styles, how to tie/fix African head gear. There will also be a talk on African family values and storytelling. The event will take place from 2pm to 4pm on 25 May and will be advertised and promoted on all the Council’s Social Media Platforms.

Sligo County Council

They plan is to meet families who are in rural, urban  settings and Globe house accommodation centre on Zoom between 11am and 12am for cookery and customs stories and again from 6:30-8pm for music and song. The event will take place on 25 May and will be advertised and promoted on all the Council’s Social Media Platforms.

South Dublin County Council

South Dublin County Council is hosting a Yoruba story-telling workshop at a crèche which has a number of attendees of African Origin. There will be a talk with two speakers on ‘Resilience – Building Back Better in a challenging world’, which will also include three African arts and cultural performances. Their aim is to strengthen families by equipping them with practical skills to cope and to recover from life challenges while also exploring the Showcase Artistic performances by talented People of Africa Descent. The event will take place on 28 May from 6pm – 7:30pm and will be advertised and promoted on all the Council’s Social Media Platforms.

Tipperary County Council

Online zoom events will include both residents of Bridgewater House and Borrisokane International Protection Accommodations Centres to help families from both centres to get to know each other. The events will incorporate poetry readings and national tribal dress. Other activities include creative workshops (via zoom) for different age groups making traditional African crafts, virtual ‘Best African Dress’ competition with a prize, ‘T-Shirts for Africa’ Day to wear at online events and have local restaurants put on an African dish for the day to raise awareness (no cost). The events will take place on 25 May and will be advertised and promoted on all the Council’s Social Media Platforms. For more information, click here.

Waterford County Council

Waterford County Council proposes to deliver a day-long virtual video of Africa Days past and present in Waterford that shows the diverse, rich and colourful African culture in Waterford. The video will celebrate and showcase culture with song, dance, food and fashion via the many different nationalities that represent African states residing in Waterford. Schools will also be encouraged to give a lesson in African culture, geography or history with a view to promoting Africa Day, students can record, and post to Waterford County Council’s dedicated online page, a short clip detailing ‘an interesting fact that I learned about Africa is…..’. The events will take place on 25 May and will be advertised and promoted on all the Council’s Social Media Platforms. Click here for more information.

Westmeath County Council

Westmeath Libraries will work with a local African storyteller to bring the vibrancy of African stories to a wider audience. In addition, they are working with colleagues in Westmeath Community Development to reach out to the local community in Kinnegad for a number of soundbites which will again be made available through social media channels. The events will take place on 25 May from 10:30am – 8pm and will be advertised and promoted on all the Council’s Social Media Platforms. Click here for more information.

Wicklow County Council

Wicklow County Council is planning a number of events on throughout the day, including African dance by No Wahala Crew, African hair threading tutorials, Nigerian Cuisine and Live African Music by up-and-coming musicians. Emer O’Neill from RTÉ Home School Hub will also give African dance tutorials and they will finish the day with a webinar.

We would like to see how you are celebrating Africa Day 2021!

We are asking African communities in Ireland, and people of African descent, including individuals, families and groups, to share and showcase their own Africa Day 2021 content, such as food they are making or clothes they are wearing to mark the occasion; or to share a piece of writing, music or poetry that speaks to their identity and heritage.

So we can see can see and re-share your content on our social media channels, don’t forget to tag @AfricaDayIreland on Facebook, @AfricaDay on Twitter or AfricaDayIreland on Instagram, and use the hashtags #AfricaDayIreland and #AfricaDay2021.

All are welcome to participate and content will be shared between Friday, 21st May and Tuesday, 1st June 2021.