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May 29, 2016
Thousands expected to celebrate Africa Day 2016 at the Phoenix Park


Sunday, 29th May 2016

Thousands expected to celebrate Africa Day 2016 at the Phoenix Park

More than 20,000 people are expected at Farmleigh Estate in the Phoenix Park, Dublin to celebrate Africa Day 2016.

The free family-friendly event will see a jam-packed schedule of live music, as well as children’s entertainment, food, dance, drumming and sports.

Three music stages will feature international and home-grown acts, including internationally renowned Irish folk / world music group Kíla, who will headline the event; afro-futuristic multicultural group Ájo Arkestra; eight-piece Afro-soul band Feather; soul singer-songwriter NC Grey; and Sidiki Dembélé Sextet, a collaboration between Griot Master drummer Sidiki Dembélé from Côte d’Ivoire and some of Ireland’s best African and jazz instrumentalists. There will also be a dedicated rap and hip-hop stage and a third music stage, featuring a range of exciting emerging artists.

One of the focal points of the Africa Day Dublin event will be the outdoor African bazaar, called ‘Marrakech’. It will feature stalls from different African countries, offering food, drumming, dance, hair-braiding, henna hand-painting, traditional fashion designs, and lots more. In addition to African community groups, a range of development NGOs will be present in the bazaar, offering fun activities, while the African embassies in Ireland will also be represented at the event.

A special children’s area, called ‘Mount Kiddimanjaro’, will include fun fair rides, drumming workshops, zorbing and face-painting. This area is sponsored by Ethiopian Airlines.

Brand new additions to this year’s programme include African turban and head wrap workshops; creative writing workshops for children; Irish and African storytellers and spoken word performances; and a number of special ‘pop-up’ performances, which will take place throughout the day.

The festival will run from 11am to 6pm and all are welcome to attend. Dublin Bus will provide a free shuttle-bus service from the Heuston Bridge / Parkgate Street bus stop into the Phoenix Park.

Africa Day events in Ireland are supported by Irish Aid at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.  For further information on Africa Day, visit: www.africaday.ie.

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