Waterford City and County Council hosted a series of activities as part of Waterford’s Cultural Quarter on Thursday, 6th June to mark Africa Day 2019 with an aim to better inform the indigenous population about the diverse, rich and colourful African Culture in Waterford. Africa Day in Waterford encouraged the wider public to get a ‘Sense of Africa’. Each year the celebration pays particular attention to one of the five senses and following on from the ‘Sights of Africa’ in 2018, this year’s event explored the ‘Sounds of Africa’.
The programme of events included three sound stages on O’Connell Street and Hanover Square. A variety of musicians and acts entertained in an open air environment with genres ranging from traditional African music, Coco Fiesta, Gospel Choir to modern dance and hip hop. Guest speakers launched the event and information stalls around human rights and the recently launched Waterford Migrant Integration Forum were present. There were plenty of activities for the children including a mini-farm, wobbly circus with stilt walkers, balloons and hula hoops, baby boogie and face painting.
On street craft demonstrations included a Berber market, produce stalls and an instrument workshop. Attendees got a taste of Africa with a wide variety of African cuisine from a number of street stalls and experienced authentic traditional coffee roasting and Ethiopian bread tasting.
A parade of African Community groups through O’Connell Street provided a colourful centrepiece spectacle while memorabilia of the day was captured by attendees at the Africa Day themed Instagram photo booth.