Cork City Council Launches Vibrant Programme of Events for Africa Day

Launch of Africa Day young girl shows art work

Cork City Council has today announced details of its programme of events to celebrate Africa Day 2019. Deputy Lord Mayor, Cllr Kieran McCarthy will officially launch Africa Day 2019 on Friday, 17th May at 6.30pm in the Atrium, Cork City.

This year’s Africa Day celebration will open with an African Art Exhibition showcasing our community’s talented artists and a Fashion Show highlighting African culture and design. Following the launch, come and meet the talented local artists who are exhibiting their work. The Art Exhibition will run in the Atrium, City Hall from 17th May to 24th May.

There is a exciting series of events that are open to all, including an African Film Day on 18 May at UCC. This year’s seminar will be held on 23 May in the Council Chambers and will focus on the theme of: ‘Multiculturalism within Africa – Embracing Unity and Diversity’.  

The main Africa Day event will be celebrated on Saturday, 25th May in Fitzgerald’s Park, Cork City from 1pm to 6pm. This is a fantastic family fun day out, with a DJ playing all afternoon in between acts from African Communities, which will range from: music, dance performances, interactive games and much more.  

Africa Day, which falls annually on the 25th of May, is the official day of the African Union and marks African unity. The programme of Africa Day events in Ireland is coordinated and supported by Irish Aid at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Cork City Council. 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.

This event is being supported by Irish Aid as part of a programme of events to mark Africa Day 2019. Commenting, Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development, Ciarán Cannon T.D. said: “I am delighted that Cork City Council has agreed to partner with Irish Aid at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in celebrating Africa Day 2019. Through collaboration with Cork City Council, I am confident that the community enjoy wonderful opportunities to learn more about how Ireland engages the countries and people of Africa in so many positive ways.”

Tony Power, Social Inclusion Specialist at Cork City Council, welcomes plans for this year’s celebration of Africa Day, saying: “Africa Day celebrations are an opportunity for everyone to participate in. We in Cork, have a long positive history of engagement with African communities and this festival affords us the opportunity to celebrate the diversity of our New city!”

All are welcome to attend Africa Day events and entry is free.

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