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May 27, 2018
Africa Day celebrations to bring colour, culture and music to the Phoenix Park

Farmleigh Estate in the Phoenix Park, Dublin will be uplifted and transformed by the sights, sounds and smells of Africa today (27.05.18), as thousands of people are expected to gather and celebrate Irish Aid’s flagship Africa Day Dublin event. Free tickets are still available to download through Eventbrite.ie.

The free family-friendly event, which runs from 11am to 6pm, will have a jam-packed schedule of live music, as well as children’s entertainment, food, dance, drumming and sports.

The programme of Africa Day events in Ireland is coordinated and supported by Irish Aid at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. It aims to highlight the scope and benefits of Ireland’s engagement with Africa and increase public awareness of Irish Aid’s development programme throughout Africa. Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development, Ciarán Cannon T.D. will officially open the event at 2pm on the main stage.

Speaking ahead of the event, Minister Cannon stated: “It is wonderful to see the diversity and richness of African cultures and traditions on display. Today is an excellent opportunity to continue to grow and develop the many links between Ireland and Africa.”

“I know there are many other events to mark Africa Day around the country – from Galway to Wexford, Meath to Limerick and Cork to Kilkenny and Waterford. It is great to see so many communities across Ireland coming together to share in the celebrations of Africa Day.”

Three music stages will feature international and home-grown acts, including internationally renowned Irish folk / world music group Kíla; afro soul band, Fehdah, led by Emma Garnett; Libyan-Irish singer Farah Elle, who blends Arabic, hip-hop and R’n’B influences; Ireland’s top intercultural choral group, Discovery Gospel Choir; eight-piece musical collective, Rhythm Africana, who play songs from all over Africa, and multi-award winning Malawian born, Irish rap artist, songwriter, producer, Pop Dogg. A dedicated ‘Mount Kiddimanjaro’ children’s area will feature amusements, zorbing and funfair attractions to keep younger visitors entertained.

In Farmleigh courtyard, the ‘Dance Zone’ will feature dance and drumming performances, spoken word and a special Africa Day recording of the Motherfoclóir podcast, which explores different topics regarding the Irish language in a fun, witty way.

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, showcasing drumming, dancing, hair-braiding, traditional fashion designs, and lots more. Representatives from the GAA and the FAI will be on site running sports workshops. In addition to African community groups, some of Ireland’s leading development NGOs will be present, offering fun and interactive activities. The Embassies of Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Morocco, Nigeria, South Africa and Sudan will also participate in this vibrant celebration.

Reflecting Irish Aid’s commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, Africa Day 2018 will be a no parking event. Attendees are encouraged to leave the car at home and instead take public transport, walk or cycle to Farmleigh. A wide range of sustainable transport options is available.

To support this, Irish Aid have partnered once again with Dublin Bus to provide a free shuttle-bus service from Parkgate Street (Dublin Bus stop no. 7078) into the Phoenix Park. There will be 1,000 places available for bike parking at the entrance to Farmleigh.

For further information, visit www.africaday.ie.

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